Recipes Using a Ham Bone

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Once you have enjoyed your ham, don't throw that ham bone out. The ham bone contains a ton of flavor and can be used to flavor other dishes. This page contains recipes using a ham bone.


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This was made from my ham bone from Thanksgiving I froze the bone that day after carving it. I took it out recently and let it boil all day long.

Source: My own creation


  • 1 leftover ham bone
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 1 lb chunk cut carrots
  • 6 large white potatoes
  • 1 smail purple top turnip, cubed
  • 1 small yellow turnip, cubed
  • Seasonings*

*I added add spices like: thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, black pepper, a splash of cider vinegar and a splash of white wine. It simmered all day.


  1. Let these all cook until about 1/2 done, the add a half of a cabbage cut into quarters.
  2. When all is done, add butter and cider vinegar at the table for those who want it. It was yummy!
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I buy the leftover bone from Heavenly or Honeybaked Ham, defrost it and then remove as much fat as possible. There's usually about a pound of ham left on the bone! - and I grind it with cheddar cheese and pineapple slices to make a great sandwich spread.

I pressure-cook the bone with the juice from 1/2 a lemon (or 2 tablespoons of vinegar) to get the cartilage dissolved. This makes thick broth for a bean soup base or for cooking greens, and once cooled, the fat can be removed from the top. The boiled bone finally makes it into the compost pile to release its calcium back to the earth.

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December 30, 2009

When cooking a ham for the holidays and you've eaten all the meat, save the ham bone to freeze. Later you can pull it out of your freezer, throw in some beans with your frozen bone, and make a nice soup.


By Diana M.

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September 19, 2018

I love honey baked ham but the price is way beyond my means. My son loves my soup made from leftover ham bone cooked with dried 8 bean mix, so last year he bought a soup starter ham bone (which they keep frozen) and gave it to me.

I was shocked to find that there was about 2 1/2 pounds of good ham for slicing and sandwiches on their bone. Since they use a machine to spiral cut the ham, they don't bother with what is left on the bone when the machine stops. My local store sells it for $2.29 per pound of bone/leftover. For $10.85, we not only had a wonderful ham soup for about 12 people but about 3 full meals of great ham for 4 people.

What a bargain and no one knows about it.

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I boil the ham bone with wedged cabbage, rutabaga, potatoes, whole onions, and squash. It makes wonderful meal.

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By lavonneann from MN

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This past Easter I baked a bone-in ham, wrapped in foil, then unwrapped and covered with a glaze. Delicious! In the past, I had never bothered going to the trouble of using the ham bone for soup or whatever, so I usually just picked off as much ham as possible and discarded the bone.

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July 30, 2007

Any one know of a recipe that I can use a ham bone in? I had a huge ham in my freezer that I finally got around to cooking and dividing up for dinners and lunches. Now I have a this ham bone and I don't want to waste it.


When I had my dog, this was not a problem. Now that he is gone, I want to make a soup or something out of it. Thanks for your help.


July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, I have done this a couple of times with holiday hams. I just make a broth, similar to making a chicken or turkey stock. I would cover the ham bone in several cups of water. Add a cut up onion, some carrot and celery (with leaves), a bay leaf and some peppercorns. If you have some fatty meat to add, this will just make it richer. Simmer this for a few hours, stirring and breaking up the bone occasionally. Strain and cool to skim the fat off the top (I usually refrigerate overnight).

Then use the broth to make a bean soup. I get the package of 16 bean soup and follow the directions on the package but throw away the ham seasoning packet (or save it for something else) and use the broth instead of the water after the beans have soaked. It has always been delicious!



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By Donna (Guest Post)
July 30, 20070 found this helpful

I usually make Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

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By filiavita (Guest Post)
July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Any dry bean is better with a ham bone. My favorites are lima or blackeye peas. Soak beans overnight, rinse, add fresh water and hambone, season as needed, and simmer until done. You can make soup the same way. Choose a mixed dry bean, canned tomatoes, onion, celery, and bay leaves. Cook up some fresh cornbread and either one is cheap, filling, nutritous, and overall excellent meal.

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By Graycrab (Guest Post)
July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Make a boiled dinner.
Boil the ham bone in water - add cabbage wedges, potatoes, Rutabaga, carrots, wedged onions and some extra meat if you have it. cook til done. Yummy.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Split pea soup and a ham bone, heaven!

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By Wendy (Guest Post)
July 31, 20070 found this helpful

What else? Pea soup. The only reason I buy a ham is to get the bone for pea soup

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July 31, 20070 found this helpful

Put the bone in water in a big pot, add chopped cabbage and boil until cabbage starts getting soft, then peel potatoes and cut into small chunks, add to the pot and salt and pepper to taste. Let cook until all is soft and pour into soup bowls, serve with bread and butter and enjoy.


Also, boil bone, add salt and pepper and add cubed potatoes. In another pot, cook farfalle (bow ties) until tender, drain. After potatoes are tender, add the bow ties and simmer for about 10 min. Serve.

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July 31, 20070 found this helpful

My all time favorite use(s) for a ham bone are either homemade split pea soup or lima beans and hamhocks or use a ham bone instead. Just put the beans in water (sometimes soaking overnight) or use a crock pot, add onions and other vegys and had the ham bone and let cook most of the day on med-low heat, checking the water level once in awhile.

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By J.R. (Guest Post)
August 2, 20070 found this helpful

My favorite way is to boil it until meat is loose, and you can remove bones. Add a large can of crushed tomatoes, a can of Rotel tomatoes, (I use mild), one or two large chopped onions, and one cup of brown rice. Stir and return to boiling, addint salt and pepper,cover, and cook on low heat for about and hour. Check 2 or 3 times during cooking to be sure it is consistancy you like. If needed, a smaller can of tomatoes, tomato sause, puree, or tomato soup may be stirred in. More of any of ingredients may be used if larger batch is desired. I usually freeze some of it for later in a glass jars.

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By AILEEN (Guest Post)
January 28, 20080 found this helpful

Make lentil, or split pea soup you can usually find the recipe on bags of dried beans. For split pea just boil the ham bone for about 2 hours, remove and add dried peas and finely chopped carrots, celery and onion. You can also add broken of spaghetti. Try it it's good! The ham will be very tender so you can add it to the soup too.

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December 22, 20100 found this helpful

I love to make Ham and Bean soup. :)

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December 27, 20100 found this helpful

Hambone & beans; I also add the few bits of ham that are left over from making sandwiches. Tip: After washing beans, add cold water and 1/4 tsp soda, bring to boil, remove from heat & soak for 1 hour; drain & rinse well in colander. Then add to ham bone & cold water (bone may be pre-cooked , if you like, in which case you may add the beans to the hot ham bone & broth). Cut up an onion and garlic, as well, if you like (I add my garlic about 10 min before serving as the garlic is much stronger-tasting) then cook till done. The soda removes the gas from the beans that causes bloating and discomfort!

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October 17, 2019

Ham and bean soups are easy to make, economical, infinitely variable, and definitely perfect for cold weather meals. This page contains some tasty ham and bean soup recipes.

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