In the South, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day is thought to bring prosperity. Call me superstitious, but I grew up on this tradition and my Mom never missed serving up black-eyed peas on New Years Day. So, here I am. 30 years old and I always eat my black-eyed peas (and cabbage) to ring in the New Year. This year, I am enjoying them in this Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Some of you say YUCK, I hate black-eyed peas. I think you’re crazy or you’ve only had ones not prepared well because I freaking love me some black-eyed peas. I think this recipe is absolutely delicious and I look forward to serving it up every year! This recipe makes a lot. I always make a ton so that I can spread the love and prosperity to my closest friends by dropping them off a mason jar of this soup. They love it!
So for all of you crazy, superstitious southerners like myself that do this tradition, try my Black-Eyed Pea Soup recipe this year!! It’s yummy, clean ingredients and super delicious! Enjoy!
Black-Eyed Pea Soup
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper diced small
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 onion diced small
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 jalapeno seeded and diced very small
- 2 cups diced ham
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- 24 oz pre-soaked black-eyed peas
- 4 cups kale removed from stem and loosely chopped
- Heat olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, bell pepper, carrot, garlic, jalapeno and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until tender, 5-7 minutes.
- Add in the diced ham (*if using bacon, fry the bacon before you saute the veggies until almost cripsy, then continue with step 1) and saute 2 more minutes.
- Add the black-eyed peas, the broth, the bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, a little salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low (or a light simmer) and let simmer, covered, until the peas are very tender, about 1 hour - 1.5 hours.
- When the peas are tender, add in the kale and stir in until wilted down into the soup. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper, if needed.
- Remove the bay leaf. Serve and enjoy!