Old-Fashioned Ham and Cabbage Soup with Potatoes

I can’t get enough soup! One of my all-time most favorite recipes is this old fashioned ham and cabbage soup with chunky potatoes.

Why am I so obsessed? Could it be the cozy, warm bowl of broth when it’s chilly outside?  Or the fact that it’s a one-pot meal, meaning fewer dishes?  Or is it the hearty, perfectly cooked veggies that are flavored juicy ham and fresh herbs? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m just going to say soup is cozy and delicious, and it’s all I ever want in life.

Serving of ham, cabbage, and potato soup in a white bowl.

The Inspiration Behind Ham & Cabbage Soup

Today’s soup du jour is this amazing ham and cabbage soup, inspired by leftover ham from Christmas and the bag of Yukon golds sitting on my kitchen counter.

I had to make a trip to the store for cabbage, but let me tell you – it’s absolutely necessary for this soup, and worth the trip.  

I love love love how it melts into the soup and creates a luscious broth that I wanna drink all day long.  It reminds me of boiled dinner, and I LOVE boiled dinner.  

Bowl of ham cabbage potato soup
Dutch oven cabbage and ham soup

Secret Flavor-Boosters

I’m also digging the addition of celery salt and all-natural bouillon.  It’ll be our little flavor secret, friends.

Oh, did I mention it’s a one-pot dish, meaning there’s only one dish to wash?

Life is so good.

Bowl of chunky ham cabbage soup.

So, let’s get to the ham, cabbage and potato soup recipe shall we?! I mean after all the photos I know you’re getting hungry! If you love soups like I do, check out all of my other soup recipes.

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Old-Fashioned Ham, Cabbage & Potato Soup

Delicious old-fashioned chunky ham and cabbage soup with potatoes that’s comforting and flavorful.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mns
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, diced (peels left on)
  • 1 small head green cabbage, chopped
  • 11 ½ cup(s) diced ham
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt + more for tasting
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper + more for tasting
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 (32-ounce) containers unsalted chicken stock
  • 12 bay leaves
  • 12 tablespoons all-natural chicken bouillon


  1. In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, heat butter or oil to medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot and saute until just starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic. Add potatoes, cabbage and ham and stir to combine. Stir in thyme leaves, salt, black pepper and celery salt. Add the chicken stock and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Place lid on pot and reduce to a very low simmer. Allow to cook 30-35 minutes, until potatoes and cabbage are soft. Stir in bouillon. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.


Cooking Tip: Soup will taste better the next day, or after simmering for several hours.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 202
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 945 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Cholesterol: 25 mg

Keywords: easy, best, with meat, without tomatoes, comforting, comfort food, fall, winter

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6 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Ham and Cabbage Soup with Potatoes”

  1. This is so so so good! I actually made this on a hot summer day because the 17 year old said he was craving ham and cabbage soup. (Who does that?) It turned out amazing and so very rich and satisfying. I did add more ham than was called for, but just a personal thing. There is a lot of soup! I hope it freezes well because that’s where the leftovers went!

    1. That’s so amazing, Dawn! This message made my entire week. 🙂 This is one my favorite soups and my family also goes nuts over it. And there’s nothing wrong with more ham!! Hope you make it again soon.

  2. The picture of this recipe looked gorgeous compared to all the others. I made it like a hunter stew with large cuts of vegetables but followed the recipe. It was fantastic. It didnt stop my craving for ham and cabbage soup or stew because I still keep eating it! thanks for the recipe.

  3. Absolutely delicious soup! I didn’t expect it to turn out so well- next time I will definitely make a double batch b/c it was even better the next day!

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