Ham Bean Cabbage Soup

Nov 22, 2021 | Food, Soups

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I am re-posting this soup recipe.  I can picture this recipe made in a bread bowl with a Guinness by it’s side :-).  Set your table with lots of green and gold for a festive look.
Happy Monday everyone!  This Ham Cabbage Bean Soup is perfect for an after Thanksgiving Day meal!  What better way to use your leftovers but to make this delicious soup.  Spiral ham, cabbage, beans, carrots, onions, mushrooms, butter, milk, along with spices and celery make up this rich and textured soup with leftovers for day!
The equipment and dishes used to make this recipe is minimal. I  used 1 large cast iron skillet, 1 large soup pan, a cutting board, knife, and two large spoons!  Serve in a decorative bowl and a glass of your favorite beverage!
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Not only is this a perfect way to use up your leftovers, the ham also makes for a great “Friendsgiving” dinner.  I invited a few friends over to celebrate to give thanks for their friendship and enjoy some good food.  I made a spiral ham, my scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, homemade stuffing and chocolate cake with homemade buttercream icing!  I will be sharing my “Friendsgiving Tablescape” with you tomorrow!
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As for the spiral ham (bone in), I combined 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and the packet of glaze that came with the ham along with 1 cup of water to baste the ham, covered it with aluminum foil and baked at 275 degrees for approximately 3 hours.  This ham came out moist, flavorful, and was a great addition along with the other dishes.  I got a thumbs up from my guests plus had enough for take-home plates and leftovers for Mr. TAL the next day.
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If you are interested in making the glazed baby carrots, follow these instructions:

Boil 1 large bag of baby carrots and drain
Combine 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup real maple syrup
Pour over carrots and cook until soft


Maggie giving me a sad face because I wouldn't allow her a little taste of soup!

Allowing a dog to have a taste or bowl of this soup would cause severe stomach upset and even death.  This is a hard no for pets!

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If you are like me and my family, we make a TON of food at the holidays.  I love having leftovers for the next day and I love finding creative ways to use up these leftovers.  I wanted to make this soup and add chunks of potatoes which would have made this soup a thick, rich, and creamy soup but chose to leave them out.  Next time I’ll add potatoes and serve this soup up in a hollowed out loaf of bread for a bread bowl!  

Have leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy?  Layer stuffing, potatoes, and gravy in a cupcake pan, toss into the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes and you have mini side dishes to go along with your leftover turkey!  Enjoy!!

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Ham Bean Cabbage Soup

Chunks of spiral ham, cabbage, carrots, celery, mushrooms, seasonings, and onions first cooked in a cast iron skillet and then boiled in milk, beef broth.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 15 oz cans great northern beans
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups baby Bella mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups beef. broth
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 large spiral ham, bone in See instructions for cooking in "notes" section


  • Cut baby carrots in half
  • Slice up celery stalk
  • Add 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • Dice onion
  • Saute cabbage in 1 stick of butter
  • Add carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms to cabbage and sauté until soft
  • Add celery seed, beans, salt, pepper to skillet. I did not drain the beans and used all the water from the can
  • While cabbage and beans are cooking in skillet, cut ham from the bone into chunks and add ham and bone to milk and broth.
  • When milk and broth start to boil, add the ingredients from skillet. Let boil for approximately 20 minutes and your soup should be done.
  • Serve hot with your favorite bread or biscuits


I cooked a large spiral ham the day before and then cut and used up the leftovers for this soup.  
To cook up a spiral ham, follow the instructions on the bag.  I added another hour to my cooking time, basted it in 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup of water, the bag of juice that came with the ham.  I covered the entire pan in aluminum foil and let the oven do the rest.

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