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a bowl full of black eyed pea soup

Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Black Eyed Pea Soup is a delicious and simple recipe that is perfect for New Years. This easy recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and packed full of flavor. #dairyfree


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (1/2 tablespoon minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 12-ounce packages frozen black eyed peas
  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil to medium-high, and add onion, celery, carrot and bell pepper. Sauté until the onions are slightly translucent – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ham, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes. Stir as needed to prevent burning.
  3. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the vegetables.
  4. Add black eyed peas along with the remaining ingredients. Cover and bring liquid to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until black eyed peas are soft and broth is creamy.
  6. Stir in spinach, and continue to simmer until wilted.
  7. Adjust seasonings if necessary and remove bay leaves before serving.

Keywords: dairy free, gluten free, healthy, easy, new years