I was looking for a good use of a ham bone without the heavy cream of a potato soup. I made use of a few other recipes to come up with one that I thought my husband and I would like. I think it is important to start with the three basics: onion, celery, and carrots. In addition, you can add a variety of different vegetables to suit your taste or depending on what you have in the house at the time.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 hrs
additional:
30 mins
total:
4 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt bacon grease in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, carrots, celery, and garlic in hot bacon grease until vegetables are slightly tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir potatoes into onion mixture; cook and stir until golden, about 10 minutes.

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  • Stir hot water and chicken bouillon together in a slow cooker until bouillon is dissolved; add onion mixture, ham bone, diced tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, black pepper, and salt.

  • Cook soup in the slow cooker set to Low for 4 to 6 hours. Remove ham bone from soup and let rest until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from ham bone and stir meat into soup.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 18.8g 6% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterol 0.4mg; sodium 1038.8mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (58)

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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2014
Very good soup. Love a recipe that allows you to make so many revisions with what you have on hand. Added chopped kale & small pasta noodles. Stewed tomatoes versus chopped tomatoes added more flavor as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2019
Hubby liked it find but I thought this needed more seasonings maybe some cayenne pepper cumin something? I used no salt or products with salt since we have high blood pressure maybe that was the reason I thought it was bland. Read More
67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2014
Very good soup. Love a recipe that allows you to make so many revisions with what you have on hand. Added chopped kale & small pasta noodles. Stewed tomatoes versus chopped tomatoes added more flavor as well. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2015
Excellent Soup and even better the next day! I added a can of navy beans 1/2 cup of barley 1/2 tsp of thyme coriander chilli pepper paprika and marjoram and a bay leaf. Used a can of stewed tomatoes instead of the tomatoe sauce. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2015
Thank you for submitting a delicious and fabulous base recipe. I am glad to have found it since we had a large ham bone with a lot of meat left on it that I had simmered the heck out of and then had to figure out how to use. Vegetable soup is supposed to be forgiving and to use up what one has in the house, and this particular recipe is true to that principle. I had no bacon and no celery. I think all soup is best with celery, so would ordinarily use it (but vegetable soup is supposed to prevent one from needing to go to the store so I didn't). Instead of peeling and chopping carrots and potatoes, which I ordinarily would do, I used 2 bags of frozen soup vegetables. Then omitted the frozen corn because the vegetables included corn as well as the carrots and potatoes. I don't use bouillon (too much sodium) and somehow we had three open low sodium organic chicken broth boxes in the fridge to use up, so in they went. Needed to use half a head of cabbage, so I sauteed it with the onion and garlic til done. Wanted to give it a minestrone-effect so added the remnants of a box of whole wheat spaghetti and a drained can of organic garbanzo beans. Then seasoned with a bit of dried oregano and basil. I apologize for changing the recipe and then rating my own, but again the whole point of vegetable soup is to improvise and use the leftovers. We enjoyed this more than I could ever tell. For speed, just cooked on the stove top. Again, thanks for a fabulous base recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2014
Pretty good! I had a ham bone and needed to use it so I did this recipe with what I had on hand. I cooked it on the stove on high for 2 hours and it came out great. My only alterations were to use 6 medium potatos and I mashed some of them to give a creamier texture to the soup just a preference. I did not have corn so I omitted that. Pretty good. I only gave it 4 stars because it was saltier than I would have liked which I did notice the ham itself was saltier than others I have purchased so that could be at fault but the next time I make this I will use less bouillon. I will will definitely make this again. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2014
This was a great basic soup recipe. I didn't have time for the crock pot though so i just cooked it for 1-1/2 hours on the stove top. Turned out very good! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2015
I used 2 cups of diced onions 3 cups of diced carrots 3 celery stalks diced.....cooked these items in olive oil. I added them to the slow cooker along with 8 cloves of raw diced garlic. I did not have any potatoes on hand so no potatoes. I then added the following to the slow cooker.....1 cup of cooked green beans 1/2 cup of uncooked pearl barley 8 cups of chicken stock 2-14 oz cans of tomatoes with green chilies 1/2 tsp. each thyme paprika chili powder coriander and pepper. Cooked in slow cooker for 7 hours on low. This soup was sooooo good the best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2014
Really good soup! I made some adjustments -- used just 6 cups of chicken broth (no water no bouillon) and some Better than Bouillon base to give it some flavor. I also added some more garlic cloves some sherry garlic power onion powder herbamare (organic sea salt infused with herbs) and some extra carrots and one less potato. Topped it with a little bit of grated gruyere. Scrumptious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2014
Love it! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2019
Followed the recipe pretty close. Only changes were I sautéed the onion & garlic in olive oil used 8 cups chicken broth and added all other ingredients except the potato and corn. I added those when the carrots were half done along with a can of Italian cut green beans. The diced tomatoes I used was the chili ready for a little spice. Soup was delicious. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2019
Hubby liked it find but I thought this needed more seasonings maybe some cayenne pepper cumin something? I used no salt or products with salt since we have high blood pressure maybe that was the reason I thought it was bland. Read More