Ham and Cabbage Soup

December 6, 2013 by Ali

This Ham and Cabbage Soup recipe is overflowing with amazing flavor, and is featured in the Comfort of Cooking ECookbook. Enter in the giveaway below for a chance to win a hard copy of the cookbook of your own! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board.

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Yesterday morning I woke up and was surprised by snow blanketing the ground in Kansas City. It was breathtaking. But to be honest, I think I was more surprised by the surprise!

I think it has literally been a decade since I woke up to a completely unexpected snowfall, probably because everything from my phone to my computer to my car to the buzz around friends is always alerting the world to even the “slightest” chance of flurries. But not this week. Somehow snow snuck up on Kansas City, and for at least a brief little moment, I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas. Pure delight. (I didn’t even complain about the cold!!) :)

So since snow and a big bowl of comforting soup are pretty much a “given” combo in my book, I decided to heat up some delicious Ham & Cabbage Soup leftovers I had from creating this recipe for the Cooking For Comfort ECookbook with the National Pork Board. This soup is one of my longtime favorites, mostly because it is made with wonderfully flavorful homemade ham broth (my favorite!), and it is a breeze to throw together. I literally make it at least once a month in the winter, and always freeze the leftovers because it makes a nice big batch, which turns out perfect on chilly snow days that call for comfort food.

We are actually also giving away 10 copies of the Cooking For Comfort ECookbook today on the blog too! So read below for the recipe, and also be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy for you and a friend!

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Ok, before we get to the giveaway, I want to say a few more words about this soup, especially to any of you out there who don’t often eat cabbage or make ham broth. Both of those ingredients — clearly the rockstars and namesake of the recipe — are absolutely superb in this soup.

The cabbage cooks down to be perfectly tender, with a nice mild flavor that is perfectly complimented by the ham broth. And the cabbage is so good for you!! The recipe literally calls for an entire head of cabbage, which makes the soup nice and thick and filling without all of the calories.

But the secret to this recipe is making homemade ham broth. Oh my goodness, I didn’t discover ham broth until I was in my twenties, and it pretty much changed my life. Ham broth is my absolute favorite broth to cook with, because it’s nice and naturally salty and amazingly flavorful. And it’s really inexpensive and easy to make when you just simmer some ham hocks in water for a few hours. Trust me — you’ve gotta try it. It is comfort food at its best.

Speaking of comfort food, I’m excited to say that we are going to be giving away 10 copies of the Cooking For Comfort ECookbook from the National Pork Board. A bunch of my favorite food bloggers have contributed recipes to the project, along with Chef Michelle Bernstein (James Beard Award winner) and Ray Lampe (BBQ expert). You can download the eCookbook here, or follow the giveaway steps below to enter for a chance to win two hard copies of the cookbook — one to keep, and one to give away to a friend.

So cheers to comfort food on chilly months! Hope that you are all staying warm and enjoying the holiday season. :)

Cooking For Comfort ECookbook

Cooking For Comfort ECookbook GIVEAWAY

How To Enter:

Simply leave a comment below about your FAVORITE kind of comfort food to enter. We will select 5 winners to each receive two cookbooks, which will be mailed directly to you. (Winners will be chosen by random.org, US residents only please.)

Good luck!

Ham and Cabbage Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings


  • 2 cups diced or shredded ham
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 cups ham or chicken broth*
  • 1 2-pound head cabbage, cored and roughly diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper


In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots and celery are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the ham, broth, cabbage, and bay leaves and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the cabbage is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

*To make ham broth, combine 2 smoked ham hocks, 1 carrot, 1 celery stalk, 1 onion (quartered), 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns and 4 quarts water in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over low heat, reduce to a very gentle simmer, cover and cook until the meat falls off the ham hocks, 3 to 4 hours. Strain the broth and add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 3 quarts.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and giveaway from the National Pork Board. All opinions are 100% my own as always. I’m honored to be a part of the Comfort of Cooking ECookbook, so was excited to share about it with you. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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69 thoughts on “Ham and Cabbage Soup

  1. I love the Ham and cabbage soup on all the clod winter days we have had this year.

    - sharon

  2. Favorite comfort food – a good chicken pot pie.

    - Valerie Hopkins

  3. Mac and cheese with ham cubes, tomatoes, chiles and breadcrumbs on top

    - Becky finch

  4. I am enjoying this and your honey beer bread for dinner these days! Great work as usual.

    - Sadye

  5. I have numerous comfort foods, but in the winter, spicy chicken noodle soup ( I add Habeneros to mine) with loads of garlic is probably number one! I enjoy making variations-sometimes with noodles, sometimes with rice, sometimes with barley as the added starch. I make a big pot so there’s always enough for two days!:)

    - Wendy

  6. my favorite comfort foodhas to be homemade soup good vegetable beef soup or venison I really like Venison a lot in the winter time.

    - Bea

  7. I love to try different soup recipes, especially in the winter. My all time favorite comfort food is pork steak, american fries and pork-n-beans.

    - Joyce Frisch

  8. Oh yum, I love soups with ham :) this looks like it is just packed with flavor! I love it

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  9. Soup is always my comfort food! It could be a stout broth when I’m sick or a hearty chili when it’s cold outside!

    - Anita Wade

  10. Ali Ebright, My dear I just loves your post about you Grandmother,, It reminds me so much of my own mother, She loved to cook for family and the more the merrier, I loved the way you talked about your grandmother, you can tell how much you loved her and it was such a heart warming story. I thank you so very much for sharing. It brought back so very many memories of my mother and reminded me of how much I miss her and how much I cherish those memories.

    Thank You again
    Giny White

    - giny white

  11. This ham and cabbage soup recipe is right up my alley for comfort of all comfort foods !! I can’t wait to try it out next snow day!

    - Lori Shillingburg

  12. Soup and braised meats are my comfort food loves. I just never think to make ham soup myself, but always love a bowl when someone serves it to me. Looks like a lovely warm bowl of soup!

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

  13. This is such a comforting soup. My favorite comforting soup is usually cream or turkey and wild rice. I never seem to tire of it.

    - Shaina

  14. Decadent mac and cheese – think lobster mac. Yum.

    - Mary Clay Kline @ Cooking with the King

  15. My favorite comfort food is grilled real cheese sandwiches and roasted red pepper tomato soup!

    - Margaret Grote

  16. My favorite comfort food is homemade noodles that I put in chicken and noodle soup. Wish I had a bowl now. :)

    - Cheryl Christian

  17. Favorite comfort food is mac n cheese!

    - girlfromwva

  18. My favorite comfort soup is homemade vegetable soup. I make it the way my mom made it. Start with a ham bone and vegatable broth and dump everything in. Yum, it is wonderful!

    - Polly LaRosa

  19. I would have to say my favorite comfort food is homemade tomato soup and some tasty grilled cheese to dip in it. (Specially when my dad makes it, it’s always so much better for some reason!)

    - Tanya

  20. My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings shared with our guests at David’s Refuge!

    - Warren Pfohl

  21. my comfort food is any kind of soup…..wow…I think I am going to make soup today

    - Xanthi

  22. My favorite comfort food is stacked enchiladas, red new mexico chili, tons of cheese and a fried egg on top!

    - Victoria Skelton

  23. Comfort Cooking — always reminds one of their Mom.

    - Kevin

  24. My favorite comfort food is stew with cornbread crumbled in it.

    - Pamela Baker

  25. Rice gruel with mung beans and spicy lime pickle :)

    - Tina

  26. Tomato soup And grilled cheese sandwich

    - Audrey

  27. My favorite comfort food is homemade mac and cheese. Mmm!

    - Rachel

  28. My favorite comfort food would probably be any type of slow cooker chili paired w/ jalapeno cornbread! Cheers!

    - jordan

  29. My favorite comfort food is homemade ham and potato soup. My wife makes it with left over ham from a ham roast and adds in all the goodies. It is warm cheesey and just so good!!

    - Jason Stursma

  30. My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. Two of my favorite things: cheese and pasta. I could eat it all day every day!

    - Kara

  31. My favorite comfort food is cuban black beans and white. Grew up eating it regularly and it reminds me of home :)

    - Audrey

  32. My favorite comfort foods are pinto beans with smothered potatoes (which I can’t ever get right:( )& homemade cornbread hot out the oven or baked potato soup with the works:)

    I collect cookbooks but nothing is better than one That you know are tried, tested and true. Sitting on pins and needles until I see if maybe I am a lucky winner:) Thank you for the opportunity.

    - Vicki Hammons

  33. My favorite comfort food is a toss-up. Ham and beans w/corn bread or Corned Beef and Cabbage.

    - Barbara E

  34. Macaroni and Cheese is my ultimate comfort food. Best part is it goes with just about anything or great by itself. :D

    - Nikki R.

  35. My favorite comfort food is definitely chili!!

    - Emily B

  36. Guacamole…

    - Tamar

  37. Mashed potatoes, meatloaf, and homemade biscuits

    - libby

  38. My favorite comfort used to be chicken and dumplings, but since I have adopted an anti-inflammatory diet (no gluten/wheat, no dairy, no sugar), I tend to turn more to things like Meatballs on a bed of spinach.

    - Heidi Babi

  39. My favorite comfort food is a big bowl of pasta with really garlicky sauce!

    - Bianca

  40. Chicken soup with tortilla chips!!

    - yesenia vela

  41. Love this!!! I would love the cooking books!!

    - yesenia vela

  42. Chicken and Dumplings!

    - Jessica Everidge

  43. Chili! Soo good in this cold weather!

    - Laura H

  44. I’m going to try this this weekend… Sounds delicious. And I have all the ingredients!!! Love trying new recipes. Favorite comfort food is soup. I eat it all year long.

    - Tracie

  45. I’m going to try this this weekend… Sounds delicious. And I have all the ingredients!!! Love trying new recipes.

    - Tracie

  46. OHHH I would love to win that cookbook!!!

    - Linda Moreno

  47. Mac and cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods :)

    - Alicia

  48. Mac and cheese!

    - Marielle Weaver

  49. Some good chili. And cornbread. Add some Fritos too and I am in love.

    - Iris

  50. I was surprised too and boy is there a bit to the wind

    - shannon

  51. My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese.

    - Bernie B

  52. Soup is my favorite comfort food for sure! The heartier the better. This one looks delicious so I’ll have to give it a try. I love making my own broths – they just make the soup that much tastier and I can control the amount of salt in them as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cookbooks.

    - BamaCarol

  53. Cabbage in anything is fine. I like all foods from around the globe, but in winter a meal of roasted ham with scalloped potatoes, steamed carrots and cabbage and corn with red peppers never disappoints. Your soup will be on the menu for Sunday…….thanks.

    - steve M

  54. My favorite comfort food is soup, home made of course. Tomato, chicken noodle, beef vegetable – let it just be said my soup recipe file is larger than any other. Because we live in the South and do not have any extended, super cold weather, I am often challenged to fit in “cold enough to eat soup days”. We are tempted sometimes to turn on the AC just to eat our soup! Well, maybe not! I have a ham bone in the freezer just waiting for this recipe and it’s chilly outside.

    - Linda Wedgeworth

  55. My favorite comfort food is pot roast with sour cream and chive mashed potatoes.

    - Liz (The Tar Heel Cook)

  56. Favorite comfort food is chicken soup…homemade of course! Potato dumplings too

    - Betty

  57. We get a ton of cabbage in our CSA during the cold months, so a recipe like this is much appreciated. I love your description of waking up to the snow. It really is magical isn’t it?

    - Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

  58. Pizza is the ultimate comfort food. I can eat it any day and it puts me in a good mood (unfortunately also weight on my waist line, lol).

    - Sonja Williams

  59. Anything and everything soup!! Hubby loves tomato soup, and I love Nabe (Japanese hot pot soups)

    - Takami

  60. I’m such a cabbage and soup fan! This recipe sounds great!

    My favorite comfort food is schnitzel (a fried pork cutlet) with sauerkraut!

    - DessertForTwo

  61. Carbs = comfort foods… Mashed potatoes and gravy, warm bread with butter, cinnamon rolls with gooey caramel…

    - Carla

  62. Comfort food at our house is Lebanese stuff – don’t know why – but it feels like home!

    - Ali's Mom

  63. My favorite comfort food is a toss up between real mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. I just love carbs.

    - Anne [A Squared]

  64. Warm mac and cheese!

    - Kel

  65. Delicious-looking soup! MY fav comfort food is probably warm, flaky homemade biscuits with butter and honey. Mmmmmm. :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  66. Oh cool!! My favorite comfort food is Macaroni and Cheese :)

    - Liz @ I Heart Vegetables