Cajun Ham & Rice Soup

Cajun Ham & Rice Soup

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A beautiful melange of flavors.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 67 cups ham stock
  • about 6 ounces ham, a cup to 1 1/2 cups diced
  • 3 cups cooked and rinsed white or brown rice (1 cup uncooked rice equals 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar, to taste


Heat the vegetable oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onions & carrots to the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the celery and bell pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the Cajun Seasoning and cook one minute longer.

Add the ham stock and ham to the vegetable mixture and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until vegetables are tender. Stir in the rice, heat through. Taste for salt and add if needed. Stir in vinegar and serve.


  • Depending on the broth and your tastes, adjust Cajun seasoning as desired. Add the broth, then taste.
  • Start with the six cups of broth, add more if needed.
  • If you don’t have ham stock, home-made or store-bought, use chicken stock.
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