Southern New Year's Day Black-Eyed-Pea Soup

Across the South, there are three foods that need to be eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year: greens, black-eyed peas, and stewed tomatoes.
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Southern New Year's Day Soup

Across the South, there are three foods that need to be eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year: greens, black-eyed peas, and stewed tomatoes. We’ve thrown them all in this savory soup along with some pasta and Parmesan. Any type of dark, leafy green will work in this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large leek, quartered, white and light green parts chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 Tbs. poultry seasoning
  • 8 oz. kale, tough stems removed, leaves cut into 2-inch pieces (4 cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • ¾ cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 qt. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup farfalle pasta
  • Shaved Parmesan curls, for garnish

Preparation

1. Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and poultry seasoning, and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until leaves are wilted, tossing occasionally.

2. Add diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with chiles, black-eyed peas, vegetable broth, and 7 cups water; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 40 to 45 minutes. Stir in pasta, and cook 7 to 10 minutes more, or until pasta is al dente and black-eyed peas are tender. Serve garnished with Parmesan curls.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Calories: 161
  • Carbohydrate Content: 27 g
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 6 g
  • Sodium Content: 656 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g