German Potato Soup

German Potato Soup

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings: 6-8
  • About This Recipe

    “This soup is always a big hit at family gatherings. It was my favorite at a local restaurant. I don’t have their recipe but this is my own concoction that comes very close. Excellent with hot homemade rolls on a beautiful fall day.”


  • 1meaty ham bone
  • 2bay leaves
  • 3quartswater
  • 1largeonion, diced
  • 2stalkscelery, sliced
  • 6 -8potatoes, diced
  • 3carrots
  • salt and pepper
  • 1headcabbage
  • 1tablespoonparsley
  • Directions

  • Boil the ham bone and the bay leaves in approximately 3 quarts of water for one hour.
  • If your broth boils down too much you may need to add extra water.
  • Remove and cut the meat into chunks after your rich broth is made.
  • Add ham, onion, celery, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, cabbage and parsley to the broth.
  • Cook until veggies are done.
  • Reviews

  • “Wow, this is a great soup! We had a hambone from a potluck at work, and this made a great broth and great soup.I thought the cabbage would have been too much since it says a whole head, but it’s so great! We used a little Louisiana hot sauce with it. Great on a cold night!”

  • “Good Soup! If I don’t have a ham bone, I use Sysco Ham base. This is a very strong base so add sparingly. I have used one ham steak, cut in small pieces and added the last ten minutes.
    That cuts over an hour out of cooking time. Thanks for posting!”

  • “This was a delicious soup.I too was looking for an alternative to split pea or bean soup to use a ham bone and this recipe worked beautifully.To cut down on the fat without sacrificing the flavor, I boiled down the soup bone, then refridgerated overnight, skimmed the fat off the broth the next morning and proceeded with the rest of the recipe.Thank you Teresa for shring the recipe.”

  • “Wow this was fantastic soup!I was looking for an alternative recipe to split pea soup that used a ham bone… this fit the bill and I had everything on hand!Cooked the bone for about 1 1/2 hours in 4 quarts of water (Three quarts didn’t cover the bone) early in the day.About an hour before dinner added the rest (only used half a head of cabbage as one of the other reviewer suggested) and simmered for about 45 minutes.Even our picky 6 year old gobbled it up (had to tell her it was chicken though…)Made quite a bit… I would say it is more like 8-10 servings.Thanks for posting!DELICIOUS!”

  • “This soup is awesome – the perfect way to use a ham bone!It was even better the second day.”

  • “I made this for my family tonight for dinner andI didn’t have any celery but, it still was very good and they still ate it.Plus all I had was a precooked ham so I only boiled it in the pot of water for about 30 mins.”

  • “Great soup. The recipe makes a tonne of soup. I don’t think that I would change anything at all in it besides halfing the recipe.”

  • “Very good!This makes a lot of soup and could probably feed 8 to 10.I make a similar soup using wax beans instead of cabbage; which was a nice change.I had a very large ham bone with lots of meat on it.I ended up using 4 qts of water, 6 potatoes, omitted the carrots and added a splash or two of apple cider vinegar upon serving.Next time, I will let the ham bone cook in the water longer to add a little more flavor to the stock.”

  • “my family loved takes a while to make but sure is worth the effort..quite yummy!!”