Ham and Cabbage Soup in a bowl
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Ham and Cabbage Soup

Ham and Cabbage Soup is an old family recipe that relies upon a hambone and a handful of chili powder for flavor. The combination of these simple ingredients is outstanding. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: american
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 187kcal


  • 1 meaty hambone
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 whole carrot
  • ½ onion
  • 2 teaspoons beef base
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons pepper
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • 1 small head cabbage cored and shredded
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed


  • In a stock pot, submerge the hambone, celery stalk, whole carrot and half onion in the water. Boil for 30-45 minutes or until the meat begins to easily fall off the hambone. Remove the hambone and vegetables from the broth. Discard veggies and shred the meat from the bone and set aside.
  • Stir in the beef base, chili powder and salt and pepper to the ham broth and bring to a simmer. Add the diced onion, shredded carrot, bell pepper, cabbage and potatoes and simmer until the cabbage is tender and the potatoes are cooked through. Stir the shredded ham back into the soup to reheat. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 832mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3930IU | Vitamin C: 80.9mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1.9mg