Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This soup is always a big hit at family gatherings. It was my favorite at a local restaurant. I don't have their recipe but this is my own concoction that comes very close. Excellent with hot homemade rolls on a beautiful fall day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the ham bone and the bay leaves in approximately 3 quarts of water for one hour.
  2. If your broth boils down too much you may need to add extra water.
  3. Remove and cut the meat into chunks after your rich broth is made.
  4. Add ham, onion, celery, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, cabbage and parsley to the broth.
  5. Cook until veggies are done.


Most Helpful

Wow, this is a great soup! We had a hambone from a potluck at work, and this made a great broth and great soup. I thought the cabbage would have been too much since it says a whole head, but it's so great! We used a little Louisiana hot sauce with it. Great on a cold night!

speedgrl December 06, 2008

This is one of the best soups I've had in a long time. I love cabbage but my family doesn't, so I'm always looking for cabbage recipes that they might like. This one was a hit! I only used half a head of cabbage and I think a whole head would have been too much. I didn't need to add more water as some did, but I did add some ham base because evidently my ham bone wasn't very flavorful. This is now one of my favorites. Thanks!

choco chip November 14, 2013

Good Soup! If I don't have a ham bone, I use Sysco Ham base. This is a very strong base so add sparingly. I have used one ham steak, cut in small pieces and added the last ten minutes.
That cuts over an hour out of cooking time. Thanks for posting!

Montana Heart Song July 22, 2010

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