Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage Soup
Use leftover ham to make this delicious Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage Soup; this tasty soup is low-carb and gluten-free! And you can make it on the stove or in the Instant Pot if you prefer.
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Lots of people end up with leftover ham during the holidays, so I thought I’d spotlight this delicious Slow Cooker 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. And if you really want to start early with the low-carb eating, leave out the carrots or just use a few carrots to make this a low-carb soup!
You can make this tasty soup on the stovetop too if you’re not a slow cooker fan, and now there’s a tasty Instant Pot version of this soup as well!
I first made this tasty 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. I hope you try it, even if you end up having to buy some ham!
What ingredients do you need?
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- red bell pepper
- diced lean ham
- Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning blend
- Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning
- granulated garlic
- Dried Parsley (affiliate link)
- Bay Leaves (affiliate link)
- coarse ground black pepper to taste
- chicken stock or canned chicken broth (affiliate link)
- Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link) or other ham flavor base, optional, but recommended
Want Ham and Cabbage Soup in the Instant Pot?
Check out the Instant version of this Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup.
Want more ideas for Cabbage Soup?
You can check out Low-Carb and Keto Soups with Cabbage to find more tasty soup ideas!
How to Make Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage Soup:
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- 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.) I would 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 chicken stock, and 2 cups water, and Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link) and cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.
- Serve hot, with Parmesan Cheese if desired.
- 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
- Crockpot Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup
- Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup
- Lentil, Sausage, and Cabbage Soup
- Slow Cooker Ground Beef Soup with Cabbage
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!
Slow Cooker 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 (see notes)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 small carrots, cut in small rounds or chopped (see notes)
- 2 cup diced lean ham
- 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (see notes)
- 1 tsp. Beau Monde Seasoning (or any all-purpose seasoning)
- 1 tsp. granulated garlic
- 1 T dried parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- coarse ground black pepper to taste (I used a generous amount of pepper)
- 6 cups chicken stock (see notes)
- 2 cup water
- 2 packets Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate or other ham flavor base (optional, but recommended)
- Chop cabbage, onion, red bell pepper, carrots and ham and add to slow cooker.
- Add Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), garlic, parsley, Beau Monde Seasoning, bay leaves and black pepper.
- Pour in chicken stock and water and add Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate. (You may want to add a little salt if you don’t use the ham packets.)
- Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-10 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, Beau Monde Seasoning, bay leaves and black pepper.
- Pour in chicken stock and water. (You may want to add a little salt if you don’t use ham packets.)
- 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.
I used a 3.5-Quart Crock-Pot Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe. You can use any slow cooker that’s a 3-4 quart size.
You need about 5-6 cups cabbage after chopping. Use less carrots for lowest carbs. Use other all-purpose seasoning mix if you don’t have Spike.
If you don't have ham stock, you can also use chicken or vegetable stock. If you have Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link, add a couple of packets of that to the stock if you’re not using ham stock.
Recipe adapted from Cabbage Soup in Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 1550mgCarbohydrates: 8.5gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 26g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With all the healthful cabbage and using lean ham, this Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage Soup is a great choice for the original 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 an even lower-carb soup as well.
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27 Comments on “Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage Soup”
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!
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.
Thanks everyone! So glad people are liking the soup.
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)
just discovered your blog! love it. I will be back. amy
Delicious! I look forward to throwing in my favorite vegetables after a holiday season full of desserts and big chunks of meat 🙂 Merry Christmas!
What a wonderful soup! And great suggestions from the rest of you!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
Roberta, thanks for the reminder about Penzeys Ham Flavor Base, will edit to add a link for that!
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!
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!)
Wow, the broth looks almost gooey, in a good way. But then again it does look like broth, but delicious all the same. 🙂
Looks delicious! Merry Christmas.
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
This looks wonderful, Kalyn! Thank you for the sweet words.
Very hearty and warming soup. I love the green bowl too. Happy Holidays.