This Crockpot Ham Bone Soup is a fantastic way to use up leftover baked ham.
While the size of your hambone and how much meat it has on it plays a large role in how flavorful your soup is, the vegetables, broth and seasoning all work together to make a truly delicious and hearty soup that can be served with some freshly baked dinner rolls!
I love finding ways to use up leftover meat and vegetables from holidays and other celebratory occasions. And now with Easter fast approaching (Yikes!), what better way to use up leftover ham than by adding it to this soup?!
You’ll be left to enjoy a healthy soup that combines tender pieces of ham with your favorite vegetables, either to be served the days following or to be frozen and used as a convenient make-ahead meal!
TIPS FOR MAKING CROCKPOT HAMBONE SOUP
- Serve this soup with homemade dinner rolls, biscuits or a side salad.
- I haven’t specified the addition of salt in this soup recipe as you’ll find that the ham and chicken broth are naturally salty. And if you did add bacon to this soup, then you’ll also get salt from that. If you do opt to season with salt, make sure to taste so that your soup doesn’t become overly salty.
- Hambone can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container so you have a few days grace before making this soup.
Crockpot Ham Bone Soup
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large slow cooker. Stir everything around the hambone to combine.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 9 to 10 hours or cook on the HIGH setting for 4 to 6 hours.
- Before serving, remove the hambone and bay leaves. Remove the meat from the bone, cut the meat into bite size pieces, and return to the soup.
CAN I FREEZE CROCKPOT HAMBONE SOUP?
- Yes. Make sure that your soup has cooled completely prior to storing in freezer-safe bags or airtight containers.
- Your soup will freeze well for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw your soup overnight in the refrigerator and then heat on the stove top on a medium heat or warm in the microwave, stirring occasionally so that your soup heats evenly throughout.
WHAT OTHER VEGETABLES WOULD GO WELL WITH THIS SOUP?
- In addition to the vegetables I’ve added to this soup recipe, you could also include celery and zucchini or remove those veggies you don’t like from the recipe and substitute with these alternatives.
WHAT IF MY HAMBONE DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH HAM ON IT FOR THE SOUP?
- While this soup does call for leftover ham, it’s not intended to overshadow the rest of the soup ingredients.
- With that said, if you feel that you don’t have much ham left, you can add some cooked bacon pieces to this soup to increase the meat factor.
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- 1 meaty ham bone
- 3 potatoes diced
- 2 cups carrots sliced
- 2 small onions diced
- 2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 8 cups chicken broth or water
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a large slow cooker. Stir everything around the hambone to combine.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 9 to 10 hours or cook on the high setting for 4 to 6 hours.
Before serving, remove the hambone and bay leaves. Remove the meat from the bone, cut the meat into bite size pieces, and return to the soup.