Stovetop or Slow Cooker Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe (2024)

Stovetop or Slow Cooker Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe

This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use ham leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Simple ingredients made into pure comfort food!

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Almost the end of August already? That means it's been a LONG time since I last posted and it means soup season is coming very, very soon!

I know the majority won't agree with me, but I LOVE fall and winter!

Cold weather in Minnesota equals comfort food, which is my favorite! I can't get enough of soups, oven meals and cooler weather!

Today's recipe is one of those comfort food meals. I made this soup last spring using the leftover ham bone from our Easter brunch and decided to save the recipe to post now.

I usually make this soup after a holiday like Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, but it's really great anytime you happen to have a ham bone leftover.

The flavor in this soup is quite incredible. That flavor that comes from the bone and the ham drippings is bold, deep and oh so good! I do not add any salt unless it's needed just before serving.

The bone, drippings and meat usually provide enough salt and flavor for the whole batch. Just check out the broth in the photos, the color is wonderful.

Not only is this recipe comfort food, but it's also a childhood favorite! I remember my mom making it after holidays. It was a meal we all looked forward to!

If you're wanting another comforting ham soup recipe, give this Scottish Lentil Soup with Ham a try. It's SO delicious and will warm you up!

What is in Ham Bone and Potato Soup?

  • Potatoes: I used yukon gold potatoes in this recipe since those are my absolute favorite! Yukon Gold were first developed in Canada and are known for their golden flesh and smooth eye-free skin.
  • Onion: The onion is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. It's relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, and chive. Onions contain antioxidants, red onions have the highest antioxidant amount. Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This irritant floats up from the chopped onion and causes tears. Chill the onion prior to chopping to reduce irritation.
  • Ham Bone: Both fresh and smoked ham bones need to be cooked thoroughly before eating and do best when simmered slowly in a pot of soup. ... If you can't find ham bones, look for ham hocks. The leftover cooked ham bone will keep safely for three to four days in a sealed container in the fridge before it needs to be used.

Other recipes to use leftover ham you may like:

This recipe is ready in these steps:

In a large soup pot, add ham bone, meat and juices
Add water until ham bone is covered
Cook over medium high, then add onion
Cook, then remove ham bone and set aside
Add potatoes, cook until potatoes are tender
Meanwhile, pull excess ham from the bone and add it to the soup
Remove from heat and serve

Full recipe below

You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:

  • fresh sliced mushrooms
  • frozen peas
  • fresh minced garlic
  • heavy cream
  • sliced carrots
  • chopped fresh cauliflower
  • fresh chopped herbs
  • chopped green beans
  • corn kernels

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What readers are saying about this recipe:

Beth- A perfect cold day feeling crappy soup! Warmed me from the inside out.

Vickie- Made this with left over ham. I used chicken broth instead of water. Flavor was awesome.

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Stovetop or Slow Cooker Ham Bone and Potato Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads


  • 1 leftover ham bone plus juices and extra meat from cooking
  • water
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • black pepper, if needed


  1. In a large soup pot, add ham bone, meat and juices. Add water until ham bone is covered. Season with black pepper, if desired.
  2. Cook over medium high heat for 20 minutes, then add onion. Cook for another 15 minutes, then remove ham bone and set aside.
  3. Add potatoes, cook for another 10-12 minutes until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, pull excess ham from the bone and add it to the soup as the potatoes are cooking. Remove from heat and serve.
  4. For slow cooker option, follow directions as above, but cook for 2-3 hours on high, then add potatoes and cook on high for another 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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