This basic Ham and Cabbage Recipe is so easy to make and delicious.  It’s a traditional boiled ham and cabbage with potatoes; an easy one-pot meal and a family favorite.
Ham, Cabbage, Potatoes

When I was growing up one of my favorite meals was Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes.  For some reason, I always imagined that it was ridiculously difficult to make probably because I liked it so much and I’m somewhat of a picky eater. 

Large silver pot on stove top with ham, cabbage, and potatoesWhen I got married the first time I was young and other than home ec class in seventh and eighth grade, I had absolutely no experience with cooking or homemaking.  My mother was holding my hand walking me through cooking and meal planning.  At that time, I would have been totally thrilled to eat at my parent’s home every night or eat out.  Anyway, my mother asked me what my favorite meals were that she made and on my top 5 list was her recipe for ham and cabbage with potatoes.  

How-To Make Ham and Cabbage

You only need 3 ingredients to make this meal and the taste is absolutely amazing.  If you don’t want potatoes in your meal, just omit them.

Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes - large ham on cutting board

I purchased a big ole ham, almost 7 1/2 pounds, 

Fresh head of cabbage from Farmer's Market

and added one large head of cabbage from a local farmer’s market.  I also bought some potatoes from the farmer’s market as well which are always the best, in my opinion. 

Recommended Kitchen Tools for this Recipe
Large Stockpot
A good Quality Kitchen Knife to help make the cubing a breeze
Slotted Spoon

Boiled Ham and Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients:

Ham – bone in is best/NOT flavored, size determined by your preference

Potatoes-as many or as few as you would like

Cabbage-1 head

Instructions:

Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and place on bottom of a large pot.  I have a large stockpot that I use for this.  I really load up this pot and I don’t want it to boil over.

Cube the cabbage, 1-1/2 to 2-inch cubes, and layer on top of the ham.

Peel and cube potatoes and layer on top of the cabbage.

Cover all with water about 1 inch above the top of potatoes. Cook on high heat bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft and cabbage is cooked-approximately 60 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to serve.

I like to save the broth for soup.

Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes~Easy One Pot Meal

Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes- an easy to make one pot meal that's a family favorite and simple to make for a crowd.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage, Ham, Potatoes, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 578kcal
Author: Mary Beth

Ingredients

  • 7 pound ham bone in is best, not flavored
  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 1 head cabbage approximately 2 pounds

Instructions

  • Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and place on bottom of a large pot
  • Cube the cabbage {1 1/2 to 2 inch cubes} layer on top of ham
  • Peel and cube potatoes and layer on top of the cabbage
  • Cover all with water about 1 inch above top of potatoes. Cook on high heat bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft and cabbage is cooked-approximately 60 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2379mg | Potassium: 1249mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1.1% | Vitamin C: 44.8% | Calcium: 7.9% | Iron: 36.6%
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That’s it-super simple and oh so good!

P.S. I made this huge pot with enough for 2 meals for my family of 5 for close to $20.00.

Ham and Cabbage with potatoes in green serving bowl

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