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Ham Potato Vegetable Soup

Ever wonder what else you can do with leftover ham and ham bone?  This is one of the best dinner ideas for the ham bone.  Savory, sweet, and a meal-in-one!  The flavors meld together phenomenally, and it won’t taste like leftovers at all.  Super easy, and perfect for post-holiday meals.

Ham Potato Vegetable Soup

I don’t make ham often, since we generally gravitate towards turkey for the holidays and even for Easter.  But when I do make ham (this ever-popular Honey Baked Ham), the sweet and savory components of it are deliciously inviting.

For some reason, at all holiday gatherings I’ve ever been to, there’s always leftover ham.  The turkey might be down to nothing, but there’s always a bit of leftover ham.  At the very least, there’s always the ham bone with ample ham meat on it.  I used to toss away that nice ham bone.  Never again.

Leftover ham is a good thing, considering the yummy things that it can transform into…

Ham Potato Veggie Soup

One of my favorite things to do with leftover ham has always been to turn it into breakfast.  Ham and Hash Brown Potato Casserole is a surefire hit every time, and a great way to use up all that ham.

This year, I discovered how tasty leftover ham is in soup!  I’ve never been tempted to use it in soup, but when I finally gave it a shot, we all became quick fans of this Ham Potato Vegetable Soup.

This sweet and savory soup is accomplished in none other than the crock pot.  Double score.  I adore throwing things into the crock pot, walking away for hours, and having dinner ready when the hungry tummies come calling.

Ham Potato Veg Soup

If it still sounds different to you, I’m urging you to give it a try!  I seriously had my doubts, but this soup turned out flavorful and succulent.  The kids loved the sweetness, which is balanced out by the saltiness of the ham.

Definitely give it the full amount of time to cook, so the flavors have time to meld.  It’s great after it has been given the full 8 hours of slow cooking.  Make it yours by adding potatoes and your favorite veggies.  Healthy and mouthwatering!


Ham, Potato, Vegetable Soup

5 from 30 ratings
This Ham, Potato, and Vegetable soup is made easy in the slow cooker! It's simple, healthy, and a delicious way to use up leftover ham bone/ham. Perfect weeknight meal!


  • 1 ham bone with leftover meat attached, plus leftover ham meat cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 1 can, 15 oz kidney beans, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 TB garlic powder or minced garlic
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In slow-cooker, add all ingredients except for potatoes. Stir well to combine. Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or on high for 6 hours), adding the cubed potatoes during the last 2 hours.
  • Remove ham bone. If needed, remove attached meat and shred. Discard the bone, and return shredded meat to the slow cooker.
  • Continue cooking until soup is warmed up again. If needed, add salt and pepper to taste.
Course: Dinner, Soup

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Need a better holiday ham recipe?  Look no further.  This Honey Baked Ham is a crowd favorite.

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This Potato Breakfast Casserole is another winner!

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    • Deanna Garrand

    I’ve been trying to find a recipe that looks close to my dear Mother’s delicious ham and vegetable soup for awhile now (she passed away several months ago). It took a bit of searching but the minute I saw the picture of yours I knew I’d found it. I can’t wait to try this soup! (Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Mom)

      • chewoutloud

      Awww, Deanna, I am so happy you found this one, of all ham and veggie soups! I think you will truly love it. How meaningful for you to remake foods that remind you of your sweet mama. Lots of well wishes to you and your loved ones today.

    • Karen
    • 5 stars

    Just tried this recipe for dinner! Delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Karen! So happy to hear it

    • Elizabeth

    i am certainly going to try this recipe . i will add cooked navy beans rather than Kidney beans

    • judi

    Can you make this is a roaster oven?

      • chewoutloud

      Judi, you probably could as long as you tweak the temp/time to suit your roaster. Enjoy 🙂

        • judi

        This will be my first time using the roaster. Just got it for Christmas 🙂 What temp do you suggest and cook for how long?

          • chewoutloud

          I don’t have a roaster, Judi, but I do know that slow cookers reach about 175-200F on low setting and approx. 250-300F on high, but it varies depending the model. I would try going with 250F in the roaster for about 6 hours to begin with. Check periodically for desired tenderness and flavor and cook longer if needed. Be sure to put the potatoes in just during last 2 hrs of cooking. Enjoy! 🙂

            • judi

            Thank you!

      • chefwhatthehell
      • 5 stars

      You sound like the sweetest girl ever and your recipes are interesting. One little suggestion: spend a little time with a grandmother, hopefully yours, or a great-great aunt that grew up with parents from the depression. They never, ever, ever threw away food of any kind. A chicken or turkey carcass was roasted and then simmered with vegetables to become a stock….same with ham, beef and fish. You have a wonderful way with words and adding a little history could give you tons of depth and broaden your audience.

        • chewoutloud

        Thanks for the kind comments! Glad you stopped by today 🙂

      • Christine G

      What a great way to use the ham bone without having to make pea soup. Definitely going to make this with the next bone. Thanks!

      • Judy
      • 5 stars

      Delicious soup recipe and I will definitely share with family and friends. This is a keeper!

        • chewoutloud

        So glad to hear you guys liked it, Judy! 🙂

      • Liz
      • 5 stars

      Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

        • chewoutloud

        You’re welcome, Liz, and thanks for coming over! 🙂

      • Carol at Wild Goose Tea
      • 5 stars

      Leftover ham truly is a wonderful thing! I have a family member who is allergic to ham/pork and I have been missing ham and it’s leftovers. This is not the type of soup I was expecting from the title. I like surprises. There is no doubt that this is delicious as well as easy. It cries for a wonderful bread or roll too. So that is a bennie.

        • chewoutloud

        Thank you, Carol! I enjoy your interesting comments always 🙂

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