I found an amazing deal on bone in spiral ham that I just couldn’t pass up, but I’m just one person and there’s no way I could eat a whole ham myself.  I cooked the ham and had some for dinner and found myself staring at it wondering if I could make soup from the leftovers.  I make soup from scratch from turkey and chicken all the time, so decided to experiment with my leftover ham bone and it turned out really well.

I was able to make enough soup for two friends who are sick and freeze the rest for when the day comes that I’m not feeling well and need something warm and healthy to help me feel better.

Here’s how I made my from scratch ham soup:


  1. 1 ham bone with some meat left on it
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
  4. 3 potatoes, cubed
  5. 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cubed
  6. 4 cups water
  7. 6 cubes chicken bouillon


  1. Place the ham bone, onion, tomatoes, potatoes, and green pepper into a 3 quart or larger slow cooker. Dissolve the bouillon cubes in water, and pour into the slow cooker.
  2. Cover, and cook on high until warm. Reduce heat to low, and continue to cook for 5 to 6 hours.