This soup really hit the spot for our cold winter night. I didn't have a ham bone; I added 2 cups of cubed ham (could've used more), 4 cups of water along with 1 ham bouillion in addition to the chicken broth. I also omitted the carrots, because I am on a low carb diet. It tasted delicious fresh off the stove and even more delicious reheated the next day. This makes alot too. Thanks for posting; this is a definite keeper and will be a winter staple at our house!