Slow Cooker Vegetable Ham Bone Soup

I love soups, all kinds of soups. I can eat them all year round, even in the heat of the summer, and I love making leftovers into a bowl of hearty goodness.

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For me all holidays provide an opportunity to make a great soup from leftovers. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and even the 4th of July all lend themselves to delicious soups that can continue to feed your family throughout the next week with minimal effort.

We hosted Easter this year and I purposely bought a ham a little larger than we needed so we could use it for leftovers and more importantly, Ham Bone Soup.

I’m going to preface this by saying that I had never made Ham Bone Soup before – or any type of bone soup really. My husband made a bone broth last year but that process was a bit different and he wanted to try it for the health benefits people claim to receive from bone broth. I wanted to make Ham Bone Soup because I love trying new things and I love seeing how I can make them work for my lifestyle instead of just recreating a recipe someone else made. I also knew it would be fairly easy to make this soup delicious in a crock pot.

I wanted to use my Ham Bone Soup as a way of squeezing in more vegetables because I can never get enough of them. Apparently there are usually beans in Ham Bone Soup, but I decided not to use them and instead use some vegetables that you might not think of when you think of the traditional Ham Bone Soup recipes. Check out the whole recipe below.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Ham Bone Soup


  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat still on it. (If you don’t want to use ham on the bone you can also try this with any leftover ham.)
  • 32 oz. of chicken broth
  • 8 red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 bag of frozen corn
  • 1 bag of frozen peas
  • 4 cups of spinach and/or kale
  • A handful of parsley
  • Pepper to taste


1. Slice any excess meat off your ham bone and chop it into bite-able pieces. You don’t have to get too close to the bone because that meat will fall off in cooking, but anything that might still look like it could be used for a sandwich remove and chop.

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2. Add your ham bone and extra meat to your crock pot. Add in your chicken broth. I use regular chicken broth because I prefer it. You can use unsalted but I always find I’m adding salt back in when I use unsalted. Plus the honey and brown sugar on our ham (We had a Honey Baked Ham) and the salt combined to make a beautiful flavor.

3. Add in your chopped potatoes and onions.

4. Set your crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours. Add in your corn halfway through. If you aren’t home you can dump it in with the potatoes.

5. Add in your peas about a half hour before the soup is done. If you add them too early, I think they will get too mushy and fall apart on you.

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6. When it’s done, remove the bone and any large pieces that may have broken off. The meat left on it should have just fallen off. Shred any larger pieces.

7. Add in your spinach or kale. The heat of the soup will cook it perfectly. You can add both if you have them. I added spinach the first day and then kale later in the week.

8. Top with ground, black pepper as desired and serve.

This is one recipe the whole family will love. Mine did – even my son who doesn’t believe in eating loved the broth. The whole dish is hearty, flavorful and filling. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy eating, friends.

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  • Robin Rue April 27, 2017 09.59 pm

    That soup sounds so good. I will pin this so I can make it in the fall when we start eating soup again 🙂

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  • Janel Berchielli (@JanelB) April 27, 2017 10.05 pm

    I’ve never made this kind of soup before either but it sounds very yummy. Next time I make ham I will have to remember to create this soup too.

  • Marcie in Mommyland April 27, 2017 11.16 pm

    This looks so yummy! We haven’t seen sun in Seattle in oh-so-long and it’s definitely soup weather!

  • Thesocialbeing721 April 28, 2017 12.00 am

    This looks delicious. I love that you can use frozen vegetables. Always good to know a new soup recipe.

  • GingerGoose Boutique April 28, 2017 01.11 am

    I love how easy this looks to make! I’ll have to make this for my son. He loves ham!

  • terristeffes April 28, 2017 01.58 am

    I love soup with ham. My grandmother used to make something similar to yours, which makes me want to try yours soon!

  • Prime Beauty Blog (@PrimeBeauty50) April 28, 2017 02.31 am

    This soup looks so delicious. I love the light broth and the mix of corn and spinach.

  • Brandi Puga April 28, 2017 02.54 pm

    I can’t wait to try this, it looks so fresh and delicious! my ids are obsessed with ham too so it will be a double win!

  • Jeanine April 28, 2017 03.28 pm

    I love soup. This looks delicious, and I bet would be a huge hit with my family. Would love to give this a try, and make it for them after a nice ham dinner!

  • itsahero April 29, 2017 01.24 am

    This sounds so yummy! 🙂 I wonder if I could do it in the instant pot instead!?

  • Amanda Love April 29, 2017 03.09 am

    This is the kind of food that my kids will love! I think it’s awesome and it’s definitely something that I can do with the left overs at home.

  • FeminineinDenim April 29, 2017 04.42 am

    Oh my goodness this soup looks absolutely delicious and sounds amazing!

  • happilyharrison April 29, 2017 12.35 pm

    I love using my crockpot–especially for making soups! Thanks for the inspiration, I think my husband would love this!

  • Taylor April 30, 2017 02.00 am

    This looks like a delicious and healthy recipe. I’m super intrigured that it has corn in it, I feel like that’s a super ingredient!

  • Roxanne April 30, 2017 02.16 am

    This looks so delicious! I love a good crock pot soup recipe!!

  • April 30, 2017 03.08 am

    Wow! This looks like such a fabulous recipe, I pinned it to try…YUM!!!

  • Kristin April 30, 2017 03.24 am

    So I know what’s landing on our dinner menu soon! Yum. I’m drooling over here!

  • Chanel van Reenen April 30, 2017 03.27 am

    I’m a huge soup lover too! This is a great recipe to use. We throw away so much leftovers in our house and I need to come up with more ways to eat them!

  • Katherine April 30, 2017 05.10 pm

    This is so weird, I actually saw this on Pinterest and pinned it already! I can’t wait to try this out…it also looks semi healthy and like something you could make paleo, too!

  • almostindianwife May 01, 2017 02.40 pm

    Oh this couldn’t look any more delicious than it does! It’s a cold day here so I would love that!

  • Chelsea Damon May 01, 2017 03.24 pm

    This looks like an awesome meal for a rainy spring day! I love hot soups!

  • Tara Holland May 03, 2017 03.24 am

    I’ve never tried ham bone soup, but I love using my croc pot to make meal prep easier.

  • Savannah March 29, 2018 07.05 pm

    This sounds delicious and so cozy & comforting! Now I’m kind of wishing it was my job to supply the ham for Easter this year!

  • Heather March 29, 2018 07.49 pm

    With more snow in the forecast, making this is going to make me feel so much better about spring being delayed!

  • Chelsea March 29, 2018 07.49 pm

    This sounds amazing. Definitely trying it out next time I have a ham!!

  • Emily Fata, March 29, 2018 08.11 pm

    This looks so yummy! What a great way to warm up on these last chilly days of early spring. 🙂

  • Nakia March 29, 2018 08.58 pm

    This soup looks absolutely delicious! I would have to omit the peas for my family lol but this is definitely going on my list of soups. We LOVE soups!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica March 29, 2018 09.01 pm

    I actually don’t eat pork, but I think my mother-in-law would love this! She is making a ham for Easter, so I will have to pass the recipe along to her!

  • Erica March 29, 2018 09.04 pm

    oh YUM! This sounds so delicious, going to be bookmarking this to make it soon!

  • Kristy Bullard March 29, 2018 11.55 pm

    Yes! This looks wonderful! I’m from Alabama and we love ham and ham bone in soups, greens, and beans. It’s so flavorful!

  • Edith Cecilia Moreno March 30, 2018 01.31 am

    This is a great idea! May need to try it sometime.

  • Lisa Rios March 30, 2018 02.35 am

    This looks great for the rainy cold Texas weather we are getting! I had actually never thought of parsley in a soup, that is a great addition!

  • Gladys Parker March 30, 2018 02.51 am

    This ham bone soup looks delicious! I usually use mine for ham and bean soup or boiled dinner but, this looks like another great addition. I take out the potatoes for me (If I were doing well on my healthy eating plan – which I’m not right now), and add in another vegetable and healthy perfection!

  • Luci March 30, 2018 06.29 am

    This soup looks totally delicious and super easy to make. I love to use my slow cooker because I can just throw in all of the meal and go.

  • Melinda March 30, 2018 10.04 am

    I was planning on getting a ham for Easter, and there’s no way we’ll eat it all! This is the perfect way to use up the leftovers. I think I should be able to find some kale and that sounds great to me.

  • Corina March 30, 2018 11.22 am

    This soup looks absolutely delicious! I need to try it at home! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael March 30, 2018 11.34 am

    Amazing….I will borrow your way….of buying slightly more than you need, for a day!

  • Danielle Thomson March 30, 2018 02.35 pm

    Such a great recipe for after Easter dinner! I’ve really been loving crockpot recipes lately and this one will be great to make.

  • Julie I Aloha Lovely March 30, 2018 05.21 pm

    This looks so comforting! I’m loving those big potato chunks!

  • Nicole Shillings March 30, 2018 05.44 pm

    My Grandmother used to make a white bean and ham bone soup. It was always our favorite comfort food! This looks just as yummy!

  • Dani March 30, 2018 05.59 pm

    Oh this looks so delicious! Hearty and healthy

  • Elizabeth O March 30, 2018 06.11 pm

    Id veto the ham but really enjoy the vegetable soup, it looks delightful and easy to make. Great job.

  • Heather March 30, 2018 07.37 pm

    My father in law would love this. I am going to make it for him!

  • Evelyn, Path of Presence 🦋 March 30, 2018 10.02 pm

    This soup looks really nourishing! The greens look particularly yummy & I bet it rivals chicken noodle for those who have colds! =) 💕Xo, Evelyn, 🦋

  • Torche’ Nash March 31, 2018 01.29 am

    Two words YUM-MY! Lol. This sounds incredible. There’s nothing better than a delicious bowl of soup on any day!

  • Jen March 31, 2018 04.34 pm

    Yum!! This looks delicious! Soup is my most favorite food so I’ll definitely add this in

  • Esme Sy April 01, 2018 03.46 pm

    Absolutely incredible, I can almost taste it from the pictures. What a wonderful combination of greens and meat in a simple mix and quantity for the ingredients. This is best served soon for the people at home, they’re gonna love this.

  • Daisy April 11, 2018 01.58 pm

    I love making soups and this recipe sounds super delicious! Definitely going to make this for my family!


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