Soups and Stews, Southern

Black Eyed Pea Soup

Looking for a tasty Southern black eyed peas recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.

Looking for a tasty Southern black eyed peas recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.

Looking for a tasty Southern black eyed peas recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.

Alright, I’m going to officially apologize once and for all for the numerous soup posts – past and future.  I’m warning you right now that from now until oh say, March 1st, there will be quite a lot of soup recipe posts.  There.  I’ve said it.  I have cleared the air.  I’m not going to apologize for it again.

Looking for a tasty Southern black eyed peas recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.

Over a year ago, my husband and I had dinner with another couple at Char in Jackson.  My husband ordered a bowl of their soup of the day – black-eyed pea soup.  My husband is a big black-eyed pea lover (the legume; not the band), so it wasn’t any surprise that he thought this soup was anything short of amazing.  I have to admit, I am not the biggest black-eyed pea lover and I thought it was pretty darn tasty.  Not long afterwards, he asked me to recreate the recipe.  Of course, Char isn’t going to hand out their recipes to just anyone.  So I set out to find a recipe that was pretty close.

I got my inspiration from Emeril and went from there.  I don’t know if this is exactly like the soup we had that night (I mean heck; it was over a year ago!).  But after a few modifications of my own, the result is a hearty, smoky, and slightly spicy dish that will warm you up even on the chilliest of fall nights.

This is a great way to use up leftover ham.  I used ham hocks to season the soup, but if you have a hambone or two you can use that instead.   Pair this soup with a good chewy piece of bread (we had homemade rosemary bread courtesy of Michelle at Brown-Eyed Baker.  Stay tuned for that recipe) and a bottle of red wine and you have got yourself a meal.

Looking for a tasty Southern black eyed peas recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.

 

Looking for a tasty black eyed pea recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.
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Black Eyed Pea Soup

Looking for a tasty Southern black eyed peas recipe for New Year’s? Make yourself a pot of this spicy black eyed pea soup with ham.
Course Entree
Cuisine Cajun, Creole
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 144kcal
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced leeks
  • 1 medium 1 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk 3/4 cup celery, diced
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 ham hocks or ham bones
  • 1 pound dried black eyed peas
  • 2 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/4 cups diced cooked ham

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium high heat.
  • Add onion, leeks, bell pepper, and celery. Cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ham hocks or ham bones, and black eyed peas. Sauté for five minutes.
  • Add chicken stock and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover pot and simmer for two hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  • Remove ham hocks or ham bones and discard. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer until ham is heated through, about five minutes.

Notes

For a slow cooker, complete recipe through Step 3. Add remaining ingredients and cook on slow for 6-8 hours.
This dish can be frozen for up to six months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 538mg | Fiber: 6g | Calcium: 800mg | Iron: 0.4mg

 

5 Comments

  1. This looks delicious. It’s on my list of to-makes for this weekend. Thanks so much, Amy

  2. I know what I am making this weekend!!!! We love peas in our house, my husband cant get enough of them and Im always looking for new ways to prepare them!!!

  3. this looks so good and warm and filling! I’ve actually never had black eyed peas before, but recently I’ve been wanting to try them. Now I have a good recipe to do so 🙂

  4. The peas are not prepped/soaked ahead of time?

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