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Ham Bone Soup

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  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 pound ham scraps
  • 3 quarts water
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 4 cups fresh or canned tomatoes
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Bring ham bone and ham scraps to boil in water with onions and pepper. If ham has been previously cooked, simmer for 2 hours. If ham is not cooked, simmer for 3 hours. Do not add salt until later, as the ham is so salty that more may not be necessary.
  2. Add potatoes, cabbage and tomatoes and simmer 1 hour longer.
  3. Add cayenne pepper and add more salt if needed.
  4. Skim off excess fat before serving.
  5. Serve with cornbread!