Ham Vegetable Barley Soup

1 meaty ham bone

8 c. chicken broth, homemade or canned

2 large red potatoes, scrubbed and diced

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with their juices

2 shallots, diced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 c. shelled lima beans

1 c. pearl barley

1 T. oregano paste 

1 med zucchini, seeded and chopped

Pepper to taste


Place the ham bone and broth into a large soup pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat to med and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes.  Add the vegetables, except zucchini, barley and oregano.  Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour, until vegetables and barley are tender.  Remove ham bone from soup.  Cut meat off bones and coarsely chop.  Return meat to pot with the zucchini and simmer for another 15-20 minutes, until zucchini is tender.  Taste and season with pepper.  Soup should be salty enough from the ham.