Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes~Easy One Pot Meal


When I was growing up one of my favorite meals was Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes.  I always thought that any meal that good had to be hard to make but when my mom taught me how to make it I couldn’t believe how easy it was.  My inspiration this week was the GIANT head of cabbage I purchased last week at a local farm.


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

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.

That’s it-super simple and oh so good!

hugs, mb

p.s. We made a huge pot of this-the meal cost under $20.00 and was enough for 2 meals for a family of 5

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      mb says

      I like to serve this with fresh bread for dipping into the ‘broth’. Italian bread or French bread are my favorites. : )

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    Stephan says

    Sounds so tasty. My Grandma used to make a dish like this and I loved it. Thank you very much! PS, I love your blog :)

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    Michele says

    Love this growing up. Forgot how long to cook. Thanks. Usually after the potatoes and cabbage are done I get a big pan under the strainer, the juices I turn into gravy with alittle bit of flour and milk. Thanks so much for the instructions. have to run to turn down the stove.

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    Ham, cabbage and potatoes is always a feel good, reminds me of my childhood, autumn type meal. I guess my mom cheated though as we do it in the pressure cooker, so it’s literally just a few minutes to make. I actually have some on the stove now. I’m going to have to try to make it this way now too.


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    Teresa says

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! Since finding it, I have prepared it four yummy times! I smell it cooking as I type!

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    Bill says

    Make this today-great recipe – only used 1/2 head cabbage – c0oked it in the slow cooker on High for 3 hours and on stove top for 1/2 hour.
    Will make it again soon.

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    Helen says

    This is a tradition on the eastern shore of Maryland. I make it after we have finished a ham and have the bone with some meat left on it. I boil/simmer the ham bone for 1 hour, then add the potatoes and cabbage and continue cooking for another 45 minutes. We serve it with apple cider vinegar and biscuits!

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    Wendy H says

    My mom use to make this and I didn’t like it, so she always made split pea soup with it, which I loved. I asked her how to make her split pea soup and she laughed and said well you have to make ham and cabbage first.

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      Mary Beth says

      I’ve never tried or made split pea soup….I’ll have to try it! Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

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    Radovan says

    This is a great recipe. I have eaten this since my childhood. The only thing we do differently is to cook it all in Chicken broth instead of water……….Thanks for bringing it back to my attention.

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    Hello, Mary Beth.

    It’s interesting for me when you’re saying “When I was growing up one of my favorite meals was Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes”. Because the same was for me.

    Even today I love “ham, potatoes and cabbage”. And also in many cases we use meat instead of ham.

    Thank you for this recipe.

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