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Good Luck Pea Soup

by Nick

When I was a child my Mom always made a huge pot of black-eyed peas for New Years because it apparently gives you good luck for the entire year. While I’m not positive about the good luck promise, I’m also not willing to risk it. Plus I love black-eyed peas. To this day I make them every single year without fail.

This year I changed up my normal recipe a bit by adding pearled onions and scallions.

This dish is very easy but it does require just a bit of planning because you have to soak the beans overnight.

Yield
Serves 8-10.
Prep Time
Total Time

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Print Recipe Black Eyed Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound black-eyed peas (1 bag)
  • 1 pound ham steak, cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch scallions, chop whites and use greens for garnish
  • 1 pound pearl onions
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt/pepper

Directions

1) Soak your beans overnight and then rinse them in a colander.

2) Set those aside and chop up your ham, garlic and scallions. Chop up the white part of the onions for the stew and then we will use the greens for a garnish.

3) In a large pot (6-7 qt.), get your olive oil hot on medium heat and then throw in your scallions and garlic. Let those sautée for 2 or 3 minutes.

4) Then add in your ham. This should cook for ten minutes. You want your ham to just start to brown a bit.

5) Then throw in all your beans. You want to stir well to make sure all your flavors are incorporated.

6) Next add six cups of water and bring to a boil. Once the stew is boiling, turn down to low and let your soup simmer for one hour.

7) After that hour, toss in your pearl onions and season with salt and pepper. You could add lots of other spices like oregano, red pepper flake, etc. I wanted to keep mine pretty simple though.

8) Let this simmer for another 30 minutes and your beans should be tender and perfect. If they aren't then let them cook for another thirty. Very simple. Very delicious.

The first step is to soak your beans overnight and then rinse them in a colander.

Most under-rated legume ever.

Most under-rated legume ever.

Set those aside and chop up your ham, garlic and scallions. Chop up the white part of the onions for the stew and then we will use the greens for a garnish.

The additions are simple but delicious.

The additions are simple but delicious.

In a large pot, I used a 7 qt. pot, get your olive oil hot on medium heat and then throw in your scallions and garlic. Let those sautée for 2 or 3 minutes.

Let your onions and garlic get to know each other.

Let your onions and garlic get to know each other.

Then add in your ham. This should cook for ten minutes. You want your ham to just start to brown a bit.

Add the ham to the mix.

Add the ham to the mix.

Then throw in all your beans. You want to stir well to make sure all your flavors are incorporated.

This smells really good right now.

This smells really good right now.

Next add six cups of water and bring to a boil. Once the stew is boiling, turn down to low and let your soup simmer for one hour.

After that hour, toss in your pearl onions. I also tasted my soup here and added salt and pepper until I liked the flavor. You could add lots of other spices like oregano, red pepper flake, etc. I wanted to keep mine pretty simple though.

The onions give a good texture to the dish.

The onions give a good texture to the dish.

Let this simmer for another 30 minutes and your beans should be tender and perfect. If they aren’t then let them cook for another thirty. Very simple. Very delicious.

Good luck!

Good luck!

I like to leave this pot on low all day and if you are having people over they can help themselves throughout the day. It’s a very warming dish and who knows… maybe you’ll have some good luck in 2009.

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3 comments on “Good Luck Pea Soup

  1. my southern neighbors always made black-eyed peas for luck on new year’s day. although i gotta say, no offense ms. spadafino, but this soup totally looks better than yours.

  2. I just wanted to write and say I love reading Macheesmo and pretending like I’d actually take the time to cook what you make. It all sounds so delicious and the pictures are beautiful! Keep it up Nick, so that I can salivate. Happy New Year, hope you and Betsy are great.

  3. If the Italian tradition of serving lentils with cotechino has the same meaning, then I think beans in many food cultures equals prosperity or good fortune. For the Italians, they say lentils represent coins. Perhaps black eyed peas hold similar meaning…Who knows. Either way, it all tastes great and is a wonderful way to start a new year!

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