Green Tomato Soup With Country Ham Recipe

Green tomato soup served in bowls.

The Spruce/Cara Cormack

Prep: 18 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 63 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
255 Calories
10g Fat
14g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1879mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 48mg 238%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 888mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When growing tomatoes in a garden, there are always a few at the end of the season that just won't ripen and remain green. This delicious soup is a great way to use those beautiful green tomatoes, and the addition of country ham and jalapeño peppers makes this a hearty soup with a kick, perfect for lunch or supper. 

The ham is cooked along with onion and garlic, and chicken broth, tomatoes, and jalapeños are added; the mixture is brought to a boil and left to simmer, and then the soup is blended in a food processor until smooth. It is seasoned with celery salt, and a dash of hot sauce kicks up the heat.

Serve this flavorful soup with freshly baked cornbread and a salad, or alongside grilled cheese sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 4 to 6 ounces country ham, or smoked ham, diced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 8 medium green tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 2 medium red tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and stem removed, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Dash of tabasco sauce, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make green tomato soup.

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  2. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the ham, onion, and garlic. Sauté, stirring until the onion is tender.

    Onions and ham sauted in a stock pot.

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  3. Add the chicken broth, chopped green and red tomatoes, and minced jalapeño pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

    Tomatoes simmering in a stock pot.

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  4. Working in batches, pulse the soup in a blender or food processor until almost smooth, or use an immersion blender. If you want to garnish the soup with chunks of ham, remove some pieces of the ham before blending.

    Pureed green tomato soup.

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  5. Pour the pureed soup back into the saucepan and add the celery salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. 

    Green tomato soup with seasoning.

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  6. Taste and add salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce, as desired.

    Stiring green tomato soup.

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Tips

  • To easily peel the tomatoes, cut an "x" in the flesh, quickly blanch, and then place in an ice bath; the skin should come off easily.
  • When seeding the jalapeño peppers, it's best to wear kitchen gloves since the oils can penetrate the skin and burn, especially if you touch your eyes and mouth.

Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

Steam expands quickly in a blender and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

Recipe Variation

If you are not a fan of spice, you can simply eliminate the jalapeño and hot sauce.

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