This ham and vegetable soup is a great way to use up leftover ham, and it’s a snap to make in your crock pot! Dairy and gluten free, Whole30 + paleo.
This nourishing soup is full of healthy goodness, with parsnips and sweet potatoes. It’s creamy, comforting, and SO delicious- you will love it!
It’s one of my favorite ways to use holiday ham or leftover turkey. Because we are about to kick off a new year, it’s also a paleo and Whole30 soup. So now, you can ease your way into New Year resolutions.
Ham and vegetable soup ingredients and notes
There really aren’t a lot of ingredients in this Whole30 soup; just a few basic staples. You can even use leftovers!
- Ham– Open your fridge and pull out the holiday ham you need to use up! If you aren’t using leftovers, check the ingredient label to be sure that it’s gluten free and preservative free. If you’re on Whole30, avoid using honey baked ham.
- Sweet potatoes– To keep the soup paleo, you need to stick with the sweet potatoes. Otherwise, feel free to use any thin-skin potato.
- Parsnips– This root vegetable looks like a creamy colored, oversized carrot. The flavor is nutty and DELICIOUS. If you don’t have parsnips, carrots or cauliflower will work, but they do cook faster.
- Onions– If you’re not a fan, or you feel free to use shallot, or just leave them out.
- Fresh basil– Unless you grow it yourself, it’s easier to find fresh basil in the summer months. During cooler weather, look for it with the packaged herbs in the produce section.
- Unsweetened non dairy milk– I typically use almond milk or coconut milk. If you aren’t on a paleo diet, feel free to use real cream or half and half.
- Coconut aminos– This salty sauce comes from the sap of coconut palm trees. It’s a great gluten free substitute for soy sauce.
- Vegetable broth – If you prefer it, use chicken stock or broth
Nutrition in crock pot vegetable soup
- Sweet potatoes– Sweet potatoes are a starchy vegetable, loaded with Vitamin A. This means, we can all have better vision!
- Parsnips– These sweet root vegetables will replace grains in the ham and vegetable soup. Kinda like I did with the cauliflower curry. Parsnips are a great source of folate, potassium, manganese, and fiber. Another SUPERFOOD and anti-inflammatory food to add to the list. Also, you should so try parsnip mash in a crock pot next. It’s comfort food made healthy and magical!
- Coconut Milk or Almond Milk– So, this allows us to get in our calcium without dairy, while still enjoying that creamy, dairy flavor.
- Onions, basil, and garlic– These veggies and herbs are actually prebiotics. Their non-digestible fiber naturally ferments in the gut AND THEN, helps feed the gut good bacteria! Plus, basil is a power herb with 98% vitamin K, which is great for bone health. So really, you don’t even need dairy products to get the bone health perk.
- And last but not least, the protein! Ham or even turkey is great in this Whole30 soup.
Enjoy the nourishment, y’all!Print
Check it out! There’s a mega use of leftovers in the slow cooker vegetable soup recipe! You know, so you can keep feeding that family; paleo, gluten free, dairy free for all!
I actually shared half of this ham and vegetable soup with my Honey Baked Ham loving family. Yes, they love ham. And secretly, I like playing the “but it’s healthy and PALEO” card on them, since many of them are not paleo. Mawhaha! The funny thing is, once I said it’s paleo, they grabbed tortilla chips and started scooping up the chowder with the chips. Which made it no longer paleo. LOL! Either way, it was THOROUGHLY enjoyed!
Do you have a favorite way to use leftover ham?
Please share your ideas in the comments. I need ALL of the ideas!
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