Black-Eyed Peas and Greens Soup

black-eyed peas and greens soup
Diana Rattray
  • 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8.
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This flavorful soup can be cooked on the stovetop or in the crockpot. Either way, it makes a great meal with cornbread and a tossed salad.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet bell pepper, red or green
  • 4 to 6 ounces diced ham
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas or 2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped turnip greens or spinach, thawed
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tomatoes, diced, with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt, to taste

How to Make It

Stovetop

  1. In a large Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion and celery in vegetable oil until tender. Add the ham, bell pepper, and garlic and saute, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  2. To the ham and vegetable mixture add chicken broth, black-eyed peas, greens, tomatoes, Creole seasoning, pepper, and oregano. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste and add salt, as needed.

    Slow Cooker

    1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the onion and celery in vegetable oil until tender. Add the ham, bell pepper, and garlic and saute, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
    2. Transfer ham and vegetables to the slow cooker; add chicken broth, black-eyed peas, greens, tomatoes, Creole seasoning, pepper, and oregano.
    3. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, or HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. Taste and add salt, as needed.

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