Leftover Ham Balls

Ham balls are a great recipe, the perfect way to enjoy leftover ham!

Savory ham and pork meatballs in a quick zesty sauce. These make a great meal served over rice or even an appetizer for snacking on! Pop some into a hoagie sandwich with cheese and onions for a new favorite!

close up of Ham Balls on rice

What are Ham Balls?

This recipe comes from an old church cookbook I have, it’s been around for ages. Ham balls are similar to a ham loaf but in meatball form!

Ham is finely diced (or processed in the food processor as you would for a ham salad) and combined with ground beef, pork, onions, and seasonings.

They’re baked in a simple (shortcut) sauce and great served over rice.

ingredients to make Ham Balls in bowls

Ingredients and Variations

MEAT Our recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of beef and pork, and then a full cup of ground ham, which makes this a great recipe for using up leftovers.

SAUCE The sauce is simple and zesty. Using condensed tomato soup makes the sauce a little bit creamy. For a sweeter flavor, add some pineapple juice!

ingredients to make Ham Balls in a glass bowl

How to Make Ham Balls

Ham balls are as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Cook onion in butter until tender.
  2. Place ham in the food processor and process until it is crumbled.

shredding ham to make Ham Balls

  1. Mix ham ball ingredients & form into meatballs.
  2. Place meatballs in a casserole dish, spaced evenly.
  3. Cover with sauce & foil, bake per recipe instructions, turning once.

Ham Balls on a casserole dish

Leftovers

  • Baked ham balls in sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days as long as they are covered. Simply reheat them in the microwave.
  • Freeze ham balls with the sauce in zippered bags with the date written on the outside. They will keep for about 6 weeks.

So Many Meatballs!

Did your family love these Ham Balls? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

close up of Ham Balls on rice

Ham Balls

These juicy Ham Balls are flavorful & easy to make. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree over rice with our homemade sauce!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Ham
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 562
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • 8 ounces ground ham about 3 cups, see note
  • 1 egg
  • cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • teaspoon ground black pepper

Sauce

  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook onion in butter for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Cool completely.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Combine ham ball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form into 1″ meatballs and place in a 9×13 pan.
  • Spread sauce over the meatballs, cover and cook 30 minutes.
  • Uncover, flip meatballs over and cook an additional 20-25 minutes or until sauce is thickened and meatballs are cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 562 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg
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Adapted from Riley, Ethel. “Ham Balls.” Circulation Service. Rapid City, SD, 1990. 86. Print.

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup

Homemade roasted tomato soup that’s so quick and easy to make!  Curb that tomato soup craving with this silky smooth soup with intense roasted tomato flavor that could never come from a can. 

Bowl of tomato soup with a piece of toasted sourdough bread on a cutting board

Tomato soup is one of those classic soups that a person starts craving as soon as the leaves start changing and the days get colder. Debbie and I usually have a bunch of tomatoes left from in our gardens around this time so the clear answer for using them is to make tomato soup.

Even if you don’t have garden fresh tomatoes, this homemade version is WAY better than anything you will get in a can and so easy to make. If you love tomato soup then go grab your self some tomatoes and lets do this!

Why We Love Homemade Tomato Soup

  • its so damn easy to make
  • it tastes to much better when its homemade (with love)
  • its a great way to use up any tomatoes in your garden (it freezes great)
  • it tastes so good with a grilled cheese for dipping
  • its a warm and cozy fall dinner
  • its healthy too!

If you have never made tomato soup at home before, you are in for a treat.

Tomatoes cut in half on a baking sheet with thyme, garlic,salt and pepper

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this soup and most of them you will already have on hand.

  • olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • onions
  • carrots
  • herbs: basil and thyme
  • chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • heavy cream or coconut cream

TIP: Debbie and I both always have organic better than bullion on hand for those times that you don’t have the broth you need in a box. It’s the next best thing to liquid broth and it comes in:

  • chicken better than bullion
  • vegetable better than bullion
  • beef better than bullion
  • ham better than bullion
  • lobster better than bullion

(This is not sponsored, we just like and use them ALL the time)

Things You Will Need

  • a large soup pot – this Lodge 6qt enameled pot is our fav and is a work horse in our kitchens and very reasonably priced!
  • a roasting pan – this Nordic half sheet is perfect for this
  • an immersion blender or a good blender like a blendtec or vitamix
Pictures showing how to make the tomato soup

How to Make this Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

How to Roast Tomatoes

Roasting the tomatoes is as simple as slicing them and placing them, the garlic, and thyme on your baking tray. Or you can roast them right in your enameled cast iron pot if that’s what you are using.

Toss the veggies with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and then roast them at 350 degrees for about 45 mins.

The tomatoes will get nice and jammy and your house will smell amazing!

Make the Rest of the Soup

The rest is even easier!

While your tomatoes are roasting, sauté your onions, carrots, and celery till they are nice and soft. Then just add the roasted tomatoes to your sautéed veg, add the chicken broth and simmer them together for about 10 mins covered.

Use your immersion blender and blend the soup till it is smooth and creamy. You can also use a stand up blender for this if you choose.

Finally, add the cream (this is optional) and fresh chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper.

A bowl of tomato soup with a spoon and a toasted sourdough bread

Common Questions:

What tomatoes are best to use for soup?

The freshest and fully ripe tomatoes are the best. Roma tomatoes are great, after that, look for heirlooms which are usually nice and sweet when they are ripe. Beefsteaks will work nicely too. Don’t choose cherry tomatoes, they have a lot of seeds.

If fresh tomatoes are not available, you can use whole canned tomatoes, but go for the San Marzano ones for the best flavor.

Do you have to roast the tomatoes?

No you don’t, you can just simmer them for an hour, but you will get the best and sweetest flavor if you roast them.

What if my tomatoes are tart?

If your tomatoes are overly tart, you can also add a touch of sugar to your soup. The carrots in this tomato soup recipe are meant to add a touch of sweetness as well so wait until the very end to add any sugar.

If you end up adding sugar, only add a teaspoon at a time!

Can you freeze tomato soup?

Yup, you absolutely can. Just put it into an airtight container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

These silicone bags are great for freezing!

dipping a piece of sourdough bread into tomato soup

What to Serve With this Tomato Soup

Here are a couple ideas:

Other Soup Recipes you Might Like

This is Debbie’s recipe and since I have recently sampled several different kinds of tomato soup, I can tell you that this one is where it’s at! Silky and smooth with that intense roasted tomato flavor that could never come from a can.  Slightly sweet and a little earthy = absolutely delicious.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Roasted Tomato Soup

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Homemade roasted tomato soup that’s so quick and easy to make!  Curb that tomato soup craving with this silky smooth soup with intense roasted tomato flavor that could never come from a can. 
Course Soup
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword homemade tomato soup, roasted tomato soup, tomato soup
Prep Time 15 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 338kcal
Author Cooks with Cocktails

Equipment

  • Lodge enameled cast iron pot
  • handheld blender
  • Nordic half sheet

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs roma tomatoes or whatever tomatoes you have
  • 1 head garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 2 carrots , shredded
  • 2 stalks celery , diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup basil , chopped
  • 1 cup cream or coconut cream
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice the tomatoes in half and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Add the peeled garlic and thyme to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • While your tomatoes are roasting, sauté your onions, carrots, and celery till they are nice and soft. Then just add the roasted tomatoes to your sautéed veg, add the chicken broth and simmer them together for about 10 mins covered.
  • Use your immersion blender and blend the soup till it is smooth and creamy. You can also use a stand up blender for this if you choose.
  • Finally, add the cream (this is optional) and fresh chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with feta. parmesan or cheddar cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar if you like.  Serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 133mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g

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