Ham Hock Soup


It's easy to use up your leftover ham from Easter in this 3 ingredient, delicious soup! Ham Hock Soup ohsweetbasil.com


I know, that name probably doesn’t sound very cool. I thought about calling it Easter Soup since it’s such a convenient meal to make with your leftover Easter ham . And who doesn’t need a leftover easter ham recipe?! It’s actually really delicious. I have no clue why simple can be so amazing, but it is.  Plus, you really don’t do anything all day. I don’t even peel the potatoes, but you totally can if you want. Actually, I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Let’s take a step back. A quick note first, we actually bought a ham hock from our favorite pork farm, Christiansen. You can order online. Seriously the best pork ever.


It's easy to use up your leftover ham from Easter in this 3 ingredient, delicious soup! Ham Hock Soup ohsweetbasil.com


Ok, so Easter is awesome. I love the colors. I love what it reminds us of (you can click here to read about my personal faith and why I believe what I believe). I love the food. I love the food. Oh, huh, guess I already said that… Seriously though, I love Easter. It’s kinda funny but for as much as I love a juicy spiral baked ham, we really only eat it at Christmas and Easter. I have no clue why. We ate it occasionally for Sunday dinner growing up, but for some reason I don’t take the time to make it. After we had a ham dinner growing up, my mom always made ham hock soup with the leftovers. It’s simple, filling, and yummy.


I know that 90% of you are probably like me, you have a hunk of ham leftover after dinner. The ham itself can easily be used for killer ham and cheese sandwiches on these killer potato rolls, but what about the bone with all of that yummy meat hanging off? Here’s your solution. Take the ham hock (that middle bone) and place it in a large stock pot. Fill it with water until it just covers it. Let it come to a soft boil (like medium, or medium low heat) and let it cook all day long or at least 3-4 hours. The meat will be falling off the bone and you’ll have a yummy broth for soup.


It's easy to use up your leftover ham from Easter in this 3 ingredient, delicious soup! Ham Hock Soup ohsweetbasil.com


Now, if your water is cooking off you may need to occasionally refill the pot to keep the bone covered. If you want it less soupy and more like a little broth with your meat, beans, and potatoes don’t fill as much water back up throughout the day. Anyway, about an hour before dinner, pull out the bone, shred the meat, add the meat in, toss in your green beans, and 30 minutes later add chunks of potato and a little pepper. And you’re done! I know, it’s simple, but trust me, it’s comfort food and delicious. Plus, you aren’t wasting all of that meat and bone anymore! oh!


Is Ham Hock Pre-Cooked?

Ham Hock are usually fully cooked.

They are somewhat tough, and that is why you cook them down until they fall off the bones.


Are Green Beans Good For You?

Green beans provide many health benefits.

Young, tender green beans are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin K and silicon, which promotes healthy bones, skin, and hair.


Are Red Potatoes Lower in Calories Than Russet?

Red potatoes are a little lower in calories than russet potatoes.

A 6 oz. russet has about 170 calories.

A red potato of the same size contains about 155 calories.

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Ham Hock Soup

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Ham Hock Soup

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Over 300 Christmas Recipes and Ideas to Bring the Christmas Spirit
Keyword: easter, green beans, ham, leftovers, potatoes, recipe, soup
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 Ham Bone with some meat still attached
  • 4 Medium Potatoes chopped (peeled or not, it doesn't matter)
  • 2 Cups Fresh Green Beans snapped and chopped in 1-2" pieces
  • Water
  • Pepper to taste


  • Cut around the center bone in the ham, leaving a good inch or more of meat attached.
  • Place the bone in a large stock pot and fill with water just until it covers the bone.
  • Turn the heat to a 4-5 or medium low to medium heat. The water will come to a soft boil. Allow the meat/bone to cook all day or at least 3-4 hours.
  • Add more water as needed to keep the bone covered.
  • One hour before dinner,remove the bone and meat to a cutting board, the meat should just fall off. Shred the meat and place it back in the pot, discarding the bone.
  • Add the green beans and place back on the heat.
  • Allow to cook for 30 more minutes and then add the chopped potatoes and pepper.
  • Cook until the potatoes are tender and serve.


You can buy the ham hock from your local butcher if you're ever craving the meal and you don't want to buy a ham.
This soup freezes really well. Allow it to cool completely, place in a ziploc bag, forcing out all the air, then place in the freezer.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.6g | Protein: 14.8g | Cholesterol: 34.5mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1.7g
Tried this recipe?Mention @OhSweetBasil or tag #OhSweetBasil!


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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28 comments on “Ham Hock Soup”

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  3. This web site certainly has all the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  4. I love ham hocks! They add such richness to soups and beans. Thanks for the link love!

  5. My Grandmother makes this. We call it (sounds like) Bone-a-gah-meece. German bean/ham soup. LOVE it! We add a little vinegar to our bowls and it’s so great. I’m making it this weekend with our left over ham.

  6. My dad used to do a similar soup like this growing up! He used to call it “Hobo Stew” because it was so simple and inexpensive!

  7. Ok, this sounds so good right now, especially with this rainy weather!

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  9. Oh my, this soup looks amazing! Ham is one of my favorite parts of Easter 🙂

  10. Girl, we’ll be over for Easter leftovers (this soup) on Monday!

  11. Oh, i can not wait to make this! We actually do not normally do ham for Easter, but I think we will this year just so I can make this soup on Monday! Love this recipe!

  12. Carrian, this soup looks so scrumptious! I love that you used so few ingredients for what I’m sure is a mega flavorful soup! Great recipe, thanks for sharing. Happy Easter!

  13. Yum! I may try this next week. Have you added asparagus? We always made bean soup with our ham hocks when I was growing up, so comforting and yummy!

  14. We don’t celebrate Easter but I’m honestly ready to buy a ham to eat and make soups with!! Sounds so good!

  15. My mom used to make this soup (as did I before I ditched the whole meat thing). It was sooo good and comforting. That bone and extra meat really give soups a huge flavor hit!

  16. Great idea. 🙂 I bet its really yummy