Boiled Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes

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 potatoes

When 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. 

One of the wonderful things my mother did was ask me what my favorite meals were that she made so that she could give me the recipes and teach me to make them myself, and on my top 5 list was her recipe for ham and cabbage with potatoes.  

How-To Make Boiled Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes

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. 

I prefer the combination of the ham, cabbage, and potatoes, but this is yours and I encourage you to make it your own and if that means leaving something out, by all means, do it! 

Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes - large ham on cutting board

I bought a large ham since the plan was to have leftovers, the leftovers are my favorite and the ham I purchased was almost 7 1/2 pounds. 

Fresh head of cabbage from Farmer's Market

I also purchased a large head of cabbage and some potatoes from a local farmer’s market as well.

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Boiled Ham and Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients:

Ham – bone-in is best, NOT flavored 

Potatoes-as many or as few as you would like but 3 pounds is a good starting point

Cabbage-1 head

Instructions:

Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and place on the bottom of a large pot.  I have a large stockpot that I use specifically for this recipe.  I really load it up but I make sure I leave enough room so that it doesn’t boil over.

Next, 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 the ham, cabbage, and potatoes with water about 1 inch above the top of potatoes.

Cook on high heat and bring 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 ham and bean 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.
4.38 from 8 votes
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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: 546kcal
Author: Mary Beth

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and place on the bottom of a large pot.
  • Next, 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 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

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2374mg | Potassium: 1015mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5mg
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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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