Happy New Year’s Eve! If you’re like us and hit the traditional southern foods on New Year’s Day, you know black-eyed peas are a thing. They’re little nuggets of luck! We’ve had a great two years after eating this black-eyed pea soup on New Year’s Day, so we’re sharing it with you. All you have to do is get everything in the crock pot, and you’re on your way to a better year! What’s easier than that?
(I will insert a picture of a finished bowl of soup when I’m getting my fill of luck on New Year’s Day)
Traditional New Year’s Day foods in the south generally consist of black-eyed peas, some form of greens like collards or cabbage, and ham or corned beef. Most of these foods have gotten a bad rap because most people remember them as being yucky, mushy foods they were forced to eat. They’re worth another shot, though. You’re a grown person now, and you know how you like food. Make it the way you like it.
One reason I made this soup recipe was because we didn’t remember ever having black-eyed peas in a way that we enjoyed. I remembered salty, ham-filled broth and mushy, flavorless beans. I remembered New Year’s Eve sleepovers at my best friend’s house and watching her hold her nose to shove down black-eyed peas the next day. I wanted to make something worthy of remaking, something I could even get her to eat without turning up her nose (which I still need to do — hey, Best Friend, do you actually read my blog and want some soup?)
So if you want a little bowl of luck that tastes great, try this black-eyed pea soup. Duff had one resolution for 2014 and that was to get into pharmacy school. We ate our soup, and guess what?! He’s in! Now it’s your turn to make great things happen!Dice up some celery, garlic, onion, and green pepper.
Add in the water and broth. This broth is our absolute favorite right now. They’re not sponsoring us or anything (I wouldn’t object!) but I want you to know that this stuff is great and worth the buy. It’s actually made recipes that were total flops when we used some other broths that ended up being flavorless.
Give it a big stir, cover it with the lid, and set it to low for a few hours.
Go to the gym. Go back to bed. Go have fun with your family. Whatever you do, a big pot of magical delicious will be waiting for you.
- 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne*
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups vegetable broth (or any broth you prefer/have on hand)
- 3 cups water
- Sort through the beans and remove anything that looks questionable or not like the rest.
- Place all of the ingredients inside a crock pot.
- Turn the heat on low and cook for 4-6 hours, until beans are soft and cooked through.
- Keep an eye on the liquid. Add more broth or water if you see the beans are being extra absorbent.
- *This can be a little spicy, so cut out some cayenne or red pepper flakes if that's not your style.
- **You'll want to add salt to taste. Keep in mind that some broths have salt added and you'll want to adjust accordingly.
- In our crock pot, it takes about 4.5 hours.