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New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup

New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup is full of black-eyed peas, collard greens, ham, and bacon and is sure to bring good luck in the New Year.

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After 2020, we could all use some good luck in the New Year. I think I’ll eat two bowls of this soup on New Year’s Day just to be sure. Eating black-eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread on New Year’s Day for good luck, health, and prosperity is a long-standing tradition in the south. Add a side of cornbread to this soup and you’ll have all three. It’s great for mopping the soup up.

This soup has a richly flavored broth. It’s flavored with onions, garlic, bay leaves, carrots, and 5 chicken bouillon cubes.

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New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe Tips:

  • I use dried black-eyed peas for this recipe. They are really inexpensive and I love that they are shelf-stable. But you will need to soak them overnight. On the counter is fine. They don’t need to be refrigerated.
  • For a shortcut, look for a bag of shredded collard greens in the produce section of the grocery store. They are washed and all ready to go.
  • Check for seasoning when it is done cooking. Most likely the chicken bouillon cubes will have added enough salt, but you may want to add a little.
  • Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days of can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  • This soup has a slight amount of heat from the crushed red pepper flakes. If you want more spice, serve it with hot sauce.

Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collard Greens in soup bowls.

Make a pot of this soup and I think you’ll find it is so good you’ll want to make it all winter long.

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Dutch Oven full of Black-Eyed Pea Soup

New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Soup

New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Soup is full of black-eyed peas, collard greens, ham, and bacon and is sure to bring good luck in the New year.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 2 hrs 30 mins
Soak Beans: 12 hrs


  • 12 ounces dried black-eyed peas
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 chicken bouillon cubes, crumbled
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded collard greens
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Place black-eyed peas in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Let sit overnight (8-12 hours). Drain.
  • In a large Dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy.
    Add onion and cook 3 minutes to soften.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add water, chicken bouillon, black-eyed peas, ham, carrots, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
    Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 2 hours
  • Stir in collard greens and apple cider vinegar and cook 10 to 15 minutes.


Calories: 336kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: collard greens, New Year's Day

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17 thoughts on “New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup”

  1. I made this New Year’s Day 2022 and we loved it! And my husband doesn’t even like black-eyed peas! He loved it so much, he requested it again this week. So we had it for dinner last night. We knew we enjoyed it, but we both said we forgot how good it was. Today I’m going to share it with all my Facebook friends, your name is shown on the picture so they will know who gave us this incredible recipe. Thanks for sharing with us! (FYI for those like me who were unable to find dried peas due to empty shelves, 2-3 cans= 12 oz. bag.)

  2. We had this for New Years Day! It was absolutely delicious!! I left the carrots out and substituted chicken broth for the water/cubes. I also added a packet of green seasoning to add flavor. My son wants it again,

  3. This is an awesome recipe. I used chicken stock instead of bullion and leftover greens, my greens have a little habanero in them. A little spice kick to the soup is awesome. Homemade cornbread yummy!!!

  4. Delicious!! I had lost a similar recipe I made years ago. This was probably even better! Perfect for New Years Day!!

  5. Wendi J Presley

    So far so good ..never made collard greens but I like them. Then to have black eyed peas and greens in one …beautiful!

  6. Alicia Kendall

    Excellent my family tradition is to cook black eyed peas on NY day so I’m doing this soup this year no more blaaa peas

  7. I have never made this before. As a southerner you have to have Black eye peas for the New Year for good luck !

    Made this today and it turned out great. I did sub Andouille sausage for the ham. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I made this recipe for New Year’s Day two years ago. It was a huge hit with my family and now it is a family tradition! Though I live in the Pacific NW now, I am originally from Texas where we always ate black eyed peas on New Years for good luck. I use canned black eyed peas for the convenience, but follow the rest of the recipe pretty closely. Happy New Year!

  9. Made this for New Years Eve and it was absolutely delicious!!! I did sub chicken broth for the water and kale for the collard greens. I increased recipe size to use 16 oz of peas and now we have leftovers. A keeper recipe!! Happy 2021 all 😋

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