Hot Ham Water Soup

Finally there's a date! The much awaited 4th season of Arrested Development will be available on Netflix in full on May 26th. To celebrate, I am dedicating a week of recipes to the greatest food moments of the first 3 seasons. Today is one of my all time favorites, Hot Ham Water. In this episode (s3-e9 "S.O.B's"), Lindsay is trying to be more of a domesticated mother figure to the family, and her first attempt at cooking dinner is a dish she likes to call Hot Ham Water. I took inspiration from this scene to make a flavorful ham broth and load it up with some sauteed ham, collard greens, and udon noodle. Tasty stuff!

Whoa whoa, dont throw that ham bone away! There is still plenty of meat on that bone! Throw that in a pot with some carrot, celery, bacon, onion, garlic, and kale... Baby you got a stew goin!

Some fresh collard greens really make this soup hearty.

Cook it in the broth with some sauteed ham and once it's tender add the udon.

Tastes watery... but with a smack of ham!

Really though, this wasnt watery at all. A flavorful homemade ham stock really makes this soup something special. We topped it with some quick-pickled habanero. Soup mondays makes a sudden cameo on Arrested Development week!

Hot Ham Water Soup

  • Stock
  • 1 Pound Carrots
  • 1 Pound Celery
  • 3 Stalks Kale
  • 12 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 Onions
  • 2 Strips Bacon
  • 2 Pound Ham Bone (with some meat still hanging on it)
  • Salt, Pepper, Chili Flake
  • Soup
  • Diced Ham
  • Shredded Collard Greens
  • Udon Noodles


  1. A pound each of carrot and celery, a few stalks and leaves of kale, about 12 cloves of garlic, 2-3 onions, 2 strips of bacon, salt, pepper, some chili flake, and a 2 pound ham bone with some meat still hanging on to it. Put this into a pot with a gallon of water and cook about 3 hours, or an hour and a half in a pressure cooker like I did. Strain fat. In a pot, saute diced ham in some oil or butter. Add in the stock. Add in shredded collard greens. Simmer about a half hour. Add in your udon and serve after it's been heated through.