Ham Vegetable Soup Recipe

Hearty Soup-
Just Like Grandma's

Real Restaurant Soup Recipe

This hearty Ham Vegetable Soup Recipe makes use of left-over ham and vegetables. You can add a ham hock for even more flavor if you wish.

Substitute or add other vegetables you may have on hand if you wish. The soup will remain delicious. The smoky flavor of ham blends wonderfully with almost any vegetable.

Soup is a wonderful creation.

We can prepare delicious soups from almost anything we have on hand. They can be stand-alone meals or an accompaniment to an entree.

The very word "soup" has a special meaning for me - as a restaurant owner for over 31 years

 In the 1500's in France, the word "restaurer" was used to describe a thick soup sold by street vendors. From that evolved the word "restaurant," after a French businessman opened a shop in 1765 that specialized in "restaurers."

This hearty vegetable ham soup is one featured often by the restaurant as it is a favorite soup of the customers.

Ham Vegetable Soup Recipe

Restaurant Soup Recipe
Make It At Home

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Serves 10-12


  • 1 1/2 pounds diced ham
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 ham hock for added flavor (see note below)
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 head coarsely chopped cabbage (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 large diced potatoes (see note below)
  • 3 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Note: This recipe contains about 23 grams of carbohydrates per serving (assuming 10 servings) but if you leave out the ham hock and potatoes - sub in more cabbage or another low carb vegetable - the result is only 9 grams of carbs per serving.


  • If using a ham hock, cook it in water for one hour before making the soup, reserving the water
  • Trim the meat off to use in the soup
  • In a soup pot, combine the diced ham, water from cooking the ham hock plus enough additional water to measure 2 quarts, peppercorns, cloves, vegetables (except cabbage) and garlic and bring to a boil
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the veggies are done
  • Add the cabbage and meat from the ham hock and remove from the heat, leaving covered for a few minutes

 Unless you're on a low carb diet, serve this hearty soup with some crusty bread.

Enjoy your hearty Ham Vegetable Soup and the company of those you share it with!