Ham Bone Soup
We recently had our bible study group over for dinner and I cooked a bone-in ham. Once I removed all of the meat, I wrapped the bone in foil and popped it in the fridge for making soup later in the week.
I’d never actually made soup using a ham bone, but I hated to throw it away when I knew I could put it to good use. The bone makes a rich broth and adds amazing flavor to soups. I love recipes that use items that people would normally throw away such as my Slow Cooker Chicken Broth. This kind of cooking is becoming a dying art which is why I’m sharing this recipe with you today.
Traditionally, ham bone soup is made using white beans, but I don’t keep those on hand so I used pinto. I would encourage you to adjust this recipe to fit your own tastes as well. If you want a creamier base then you can remove a few cups of the soup at the end of your cooking time and blend it until smooth in a blender. Then mix it back in to your slow cooker before serving.
How to Make Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup:
Place ham bone in slow cooker.
Add vegetables and water.
Cook on low 7 hours and then remove ham bone.
Add diced ham and cook an additional 1-2 hours.
Season to taste and serve.
Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup
- 1 leftover ham bone
- 1 onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large carrot diced
- 1 - 15 oz can corn
- 2 large red potatoes chopped
- 2.5 cups cooked pinto beans
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups diced ham
- 4 cups water
- Place ham bone in slow cooker.
- Add vegetables and water.
- Cook on low 7 hours and then remove ham bone.
- Add diced ham and cook an additional 1-2 hours.
- Season to taste and serve.
Have you ever used a ham bone in your cooking? I’d love to know!