CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup
When you’ve absolutely had enough rich holiday food, use your leftover ham to make this delicious Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup in the crockpot or on the stove! This low-carb, low-glycemic, and gluten-free, is also South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use just a few carrots for low-carb or eliminate carrots for South Beach Diet Phase One! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
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 (or Stovetop) 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.
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!]
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.
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!
CrockPot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup
(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe adapted from Cabbage Soup in Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.)
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 haveGoya 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)
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.
Chop cabbage, onion, red bell pepper, carrots and ham and add to slow cooker. Add Spike Seasoning, garlic, parsley, Vegeta (if using), bay leaves and black pepper. Pour in ham, chicken, or vegetable stock and water. (You may want to add a little salt if you don’t use ham stock.)Cook on high for 4-6 hours, until cabbage is meltingly soft and carrots are tender. Serve hot, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese if desired.
Heat about 1 T of olive oil in a heavy soup pot. Add onions and saute 3-4 minutes. Add carrots and bell peppers and cook 3-4 minutes more. Add cabbage, ham, Spike Seasoning, garlic, parsley, Vegeta (if using), bay leaves and black pepper. Pour in ham, chicken, or vegetable stock and water. (You may want to add a little salt if you don’t use ham stock.) 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. Serve hot, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese if desired.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With all the healthful cabbage and using lean ham, this low-glycemic 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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Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup from Blog Appetit