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CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup

Use your leftover ham to make this delicious CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup; this will taste great when you’ve had enough rich holiday food! This low-carb, low-glycemic,  and gluten-free, is also South Beach Diet Phase Two.  Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup (CrockPot or Stovetop) found on KalynsKitchen.com

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m going to take some time off from the blog to spend the holidays with my family. But before I do that I thought I’d spotlight this delicious CrockPot Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup. This tasty soup is the perfect thing to make with leftover holiday ham, and I promise ham and cabbage soup will taste great in a few days when you’re completely tired of rich foods. You can make this tasty soup on the stovetop too if you’re not a slow cooker fan.

I first made CrockPot Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup when I’d spent a few weeks of testing and eating Christmas cookies, and my body was telling me I needed some vegetables! The recipes produces soup with cabbage that’s melt-in-your-mouth tender from slow cooking, and there are lots of herbs and spices to make this a very tasty soup. And if you really want to start early with the healthy eating, leave out the carrots or just use a few carrots to make this a low-carb soup!

Merry Christmas to all my faithful readers, and I hope your holidays will be filled with fun times with the people you love.

[Edit February 2018 and now there’s an Instant Pot Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup for those who prefer the Instant Pot!]
Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup (CrockPot or Stovetop) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Start by chopping up a whole head of cabbage. I had about 1 3/4 lbs. of cabbage after I trimmed it and removed the core. Chop up an onion and a red bell pepper into same-size pieces. I made them fairly small. I had some lovely thin carrots, so I just sliced them into round pieces. If you have thicker carrots, I’d chop them up a bit more. (Leave out the carrots for the most low-carb version of the soup.)




Cut up some enough ham to make about 2 cups of diced ham (1 1/4 lb.) Use lean ham for this soup. (I save the ham rinds and use them to make ham stock.) Put the cabbage, onion, red bell pepper, carrots, diced ham, spices, and dried herbs into the crockpot. Add 6 cups ham stock and 2 cups water and cook on high for 4-6 hours.




If you can find it in your store, this Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate is a product I love to use when I don’t have ham stock. If you can’t find this product, you can also order Ham Flavor Base from Penzeys. This soup can also be made with chicken or vegetable stock, either alone or combine it with some ham flavor base for best flavor.

Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup (CrockPot or Stovetop) found on KalynsKitchen.com


It’s not especially a photogenic soup, but this soup was really delicious, especially with a bit of Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top when you eat it!


More Delicious Soups with Cabbage:

Goulash Soup with Red Pepper and Cabbage from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Hot and Sour Cabbage Soup from Baking Bites
Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Canh Bap Cai Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Stuffed Cabbage Soup) from Wandering Chopsticks
Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup from Blog Appetit

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup

Use your leftover ham to make this delicious CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup; this will taste great when you’ve had enough rich holiday food!


  • 1 head cabbage, chopped (about 5-6 cups cabbage after chopping)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 large or 3 small carrots, cut in small rounds or chopped (Use less carrots for lowest carbs)
  • 2 cup diced lean ham (1 1/4 lbs. ham)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or use other all-purpose seasoning mix if you don’t have Spike)
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T Vegeta Gourmet Seasoning (If you don’t have this, just use a bit more of the other seasonings or a T of another type of dried soup flavoring)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • coarse ground black pepper to taste (I used a generous amount of pepper)
    6 cups ham stock (You can also use chicken or vegetable stock. If you have Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate, add a couple of packets of that to the stock if you’re not using ham stock.)
  • 2 cup water
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional, but good)


  1. Chop cabbage, onion, red bell pepper, carrots and ham and add to slow cooker.
  2. Add Spike Seasoning , garlic, parsley, Vegeta Gourmet Seasoning  (if using), bay leaves and black pepper.
  3. Pour in ham stock, chicken, or vegetable stock and water. (You may want to add a little salt if you don’t use ham stock.)
  4. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, until cabbage is meltingly soft and carrots are tender.
  5. Serve hot, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Stovetop Directions:

  1. Heat about 1 T of olive oil in a heavy soup pot.
  2. Add onions and saute 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add carrots and bell peppers and cook 3-4 minutes more.
  4. Add cabbage, ham, Spike Seasoning, garlic, parsley, Vegeta (if using), bay leaves and black pepper.
  5. Pour in ham, chicken, or vegetable stock and water. (You may want to add a little salt if you don’t use ham stock.)
  6. Simmer soup on low for about 30 minutes, then check to see if you need to add a little more water, adding if needed. Continue to simmer 15-30 minutes more, until cabbage is meltingly soft and carrots are tender.
  7. Serve hot, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese if desired.


I used a 3.5 quart “Smart Pot” slow cooker for this recipe, where you can program the time and it switches to warm when the time is up. You can use any slow cooker that’s a 3-4 quart size.

Link to buy Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate .

Recipe adapted from Cabbage Soup in Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With all the healthful cabbage and using lean ham, this CrockPot Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup is a great choice for the South Beach Diet, although it would be phase two with the carrots. I think this would still be great without carrots if you wanted to make it for phase one though, maybe adding some chopped celery or even more onion, and leaving out carrots (or using just a few carrots) would make this a low-carb soup as well.

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28 comments on “CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup”

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  3. Brad your choice of course. I'm not sensitive to MSG and the amount of sodium in the Vegeta is not that high if you divide by how many servings in the soup, but good to hear you liked it without it.

  4. VEGETA?! I threw mine out after reading the ingredients and seeing that it was mostly salt and MSG. The soup was great without it.


  5. Hi Lori, thanks for the great feedback. Good to know it will freeze well too.

  6. I made this right after the holidays, when I was definately feeling over the overindulgence. It turned out great. I did not have vegetta, so just added more of the spike seasoning. I had a jar of roasted red peppers, so I used those instead of fresh. Also, I used chicken stock, instead of ham, which I had on hand. Absolutely wonderful. And I did freeze it and the reheated, frozen, leftovers were great as well.

  7. Laura, sorry to be slow to answer. I've been away all day and just got back on the computer. I haven't frozen this soup, but I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't freeze well. Hope you've already put it in the freezer by now!

  8. Can I freeze it? Please answer. Made it yesterday, but unusual circumstances have arisen, and we will not be around to eat the significant amount left. It's delicious, by the way, and what I needed to rid myself of too much sugar recently.

  9. Thanks everyone! So glad people are liking the soup.

  10. I loved this soup! I made it twice in 2 days! We have finished off both batches! What a keeper! (You AND the soup! LOL)

  11. just discovered your blog! love it. I will be back. amy

  12. Delicious! I look forward to throwing in my favorite vegetables after a holiday season full of desserts and big chunks of meat 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  13. What a wonderful soup! And great suggestions from the rest of you!

  14. Thanks for linking to my cabbage soup recipe.

    A note about vegeta, I first had it in a delicious soup in Croatia and could not believe my hostess when she told me about it. I brought back a few packets but have found cans of it in ethnic markets in Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and Eastern European communities here in the San Francsico Bay Area, so it's out there.

  15. How Wonderful – Another use for the HUGE thing of VEGETA I have! (Romanian husband, enough said.)

    Looks Great Kalyn, and you're always a step ahead of us, providing nice light veggie dishes *just* when we're all hankering for them.

    Youre the best!

    Georgie Fear RD

  16. Donna, I think adding parmesan rind to this soup if you have it is a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion, and Merry Christmas to you too!

  17. I am raising my hand, too, Kalyn! This soup looks like it will hit the spot. As always, you seem to know just what I am craving!

    Question: Have you ever tried throwing a Parmesan rind (you know, the very end of the cheese that is too hard to grate) into the soup as it is simmering?

    I heard about this somewhere, and I tried it recently in some minestrone I made and it really does add nice flavor.

    Love and Joy Unto You this holiday season!


  18. I love cabbage, I love ham and I love Red bell pepper. What a great soup. Will be saving this one. Thanks for the recipe and Merry Christmas.

  19. Roberta, thanks for the reminder about Penzeys Ham Flavor Base, will edit to add a link for that!

  20. I love my Penzey's ham based stock, too. It adds a lot of smoky flavor without TOO much salt!

    Love ham and cabbage soup! I never made it with red pepper, but it looks so pretty!

  21. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has had it with the cookies and is ready for soup! (And yes, this is better than the diet cabbage soup by a long ways!)

  22. Wow, the broth looks almost gooey, in a good way. But then again it does look like broth, but delicious all the same. 🙂

  23. Looks delicious! Merry Christmas.

  24. much much better than that cabbage soup diet my wife does every few months. that works, but I just can't do it…

    This I could do

  25. This looks wonderful, Kalyn! Thank you for the sweet words.
    Merry Christmas!
    oxxo steph

  26. Very hearty and warming soup. I love the green bowl too. Happy Holidays.

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