I invented this soup when all I had was a cabbage and potatoes. It's very basic and is flexible to your tastes.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the stock, ham hock, and cabbage in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Carefully separate the meat from the bone of the ham hock and dispose of the bone, adding the meat back to the soup. Stir in the cream; season with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

219.1 calories; 11.4 g protein; 17.6 g carbohydrates; 36.4 mg cholesterol; 727.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2008
Hubby loved it. I used leftover Easter ham and frozen hash browns. He suggests adding carrots and onion to make it heartier. Easy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2018
Boring soup not very good (I followed the recipe.) Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2008
Hubby loved it. I used leftover Easter ham and frozen hash browns. He suggests adding carrots and onion to make it heartier. Easy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2008
Hubby loved it. I used leftover Easter ham and frozen hash browns. He suggests adding carrots and onion to make it heartier. Easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2012
This recipe minus the chicken stock was made by my grandmother who was born and raised in Ireland. She would just use a ham bone. In Ireland then did not eat corned beef and cabbage it was always ham and cabbage. When Irish immigrants moved to Boston the jewish neighborhood was nearby. They suggested the corned beef instead due to the fact that at that time in Boston corned beef was much cheaper tha ham. That is the reason for the change however ham and cabbage is actually the Irish original recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
My ham hock was a raw smoked one which needed soaking overnight with regular changes of cold water. I then simmered it in fresh water for 1.5 hours to cook it. After this I used thisrecipe as a base as I didn't fancy a hock and beans/lentils dish but used potatoes carrots and parsnips as that was what I had. I know that this review is not accurate for the base recipe but as the author hints at it's a great flexible starting point. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2009
Very basic. Cheap. Easy. If you have a good ham hock you can just use water (even cheaper). Nothing spectacular but very good none the less. I added two small onions and was very glad I did. They added good flavor that you could really taste because of the few ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
What a great base! I was looking for something to do with Ham Hocks that didn't involve beans. I made a huge pot and added carrots onion garlic celery and kale (which was amazing) and subbed evap milk for the cream. Will definately be on the list for my next ham hock. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2012
Really tasty and good for you. I don't think I added any cream (can't remember). I did use a ham bone and a slow cooker. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
This soup was sensational and I've shared it with others many times. I did make some changes but only because I had extra vegetables sitting around and I didn't want them to go to waste. That is what is so great about this recipe vegetables can be added and subtracted easily so the versatility is high in this soup. Prior to adding any of the ingredients I sautéed carrots onions celery and garlic in some olive oil in order to sweat them slightly (about 2-3 minutes). Then I followed the recipe as directed. The meat on the ham hock just fell off the bone and tasted so tender. It was amazing. My husband and I could not get enough. Do not pass this recipe up! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2011
I used to eat this when I was younger as I grew up with a garden. I did not have a ham hock so I cubed a small ham steak still delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2012
This was an awesome recipe. I made a last minute decision not to make fried cabbage and potatoes and went searching for casserole ideas when I found this recipe. I added onions sauteed garlic and broccoli. I used leftover honey-baked ham instead of the ham hock and chicken bouillon because I didn't have stock. I made a roux whisked in some of the broth and added it when the soup was almost done for thickness. A generous dash of adobo seasoning... Delicious. Next time... I'm thinking of adding broccoli and fresh grated Parmesan. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2018
Boring soup not very good (I followed the recipe.) Read More
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