Leftover Frozen Ham bone Soup

Leftover frozen Ham bone soup from a pressure cooker

Leftover Frozen Ham bone Soup

I recently cleaned out the freezer in my house and found a frozen ham bone. It was leftover from Thanksgiving ham.  They freeze really well and keep for at least 6 months. Just freeze the whole bone in a plastic Ziploc bag and suck out most of the air to avoid freezer burn.  It was a cold winter day and leftover frozen Ham Bone Soup was perfect for dinner. 

No need to defrost the ham bone. It will do that in the cooking process.  As most of you know I use a pressure cooker nearly every day in my kitchen. For me it saves time and energy.  If you don’t have a pressure cooker this recipe can be made in a slow cooker or on the stove top. 

I had a bag of kidney beans that had been opened  to make some turkey chili so I used them in the soup.  Use whatever beans your family will eat. White beans are pretty typical in ham and bean soup recipes.

The best thing about this recipe is I use vegetables in my stock. Onion, carrots and celery are my go to soup makers.

I did not add any additional stock to the recipe because the ham already had sodium and tons of flavor.  Do not add additional salt to your soup. It will ruin it.

My soup was ready in about 45 minutes in the pressure cooker. This time included the cook time plus the pressure release.  If you made this on the cook top using canned beans it would take about 30 minutes to cook. Just long enough to get the vegetables soft and tender.

This is my fat removal trick

Cool the soup in the refrigerator and then scrape off any of the extra fat that may have settled to the top.  Ham is naturally fatty and heating extra fat into your soup to serve is unnecessary. Using this method will save you the calories of extra fat.

To make Leftover Frozen Ham Bone Soup in the slow cooker cook the mixture for about 6-8 hours or until the beans are done.


Leftover Frozen Ham Bone Soup
Serves 8
Leftover ham bone is made into a warm bean soup
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
180 calories
33 g
0 g
1 g
11 g
0 g
229 g
31 g
2 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 31mg
Total Carbohydrates 33g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 ham bone leftover from a bone in ham
  2. 2 cups dried beans
  3. 2-3 bay leaves
  4. 5 cups water
  5. 1 tsp black pepper
  6. 1 tsp garlic powder
  7. 1/2 onion, diced
  8. 2 carrots sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  9. 2 celery sticks sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  10. 2-3 dried bay leaves
  1. Place all ingredients in a pressure cooker. Cook until mixture boils. Place lid and raise pressure to 15 lbs or until the steam comes from the top very aggressively. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and release pressure naturally. Place in the refrigerator in a shallow pan to cool. Scrape off extra fat and place into another pot to heat through before serving.
  1. Serve with warm crusty bread for dipping into the sauce.
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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at Amazon.com. She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.

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