Black Eyed Pea & Sausage Soup

Black eye peas and sausage area perfect combination of comfort food in this delish soup for those cold winter days.

Black Eyed Pea & Sausage Soup

We love to eat beans in our family. A bowl of hot and wonderfully seasoned cooked beans with cornbread is pure heaven for a winter comfort food dinner. Dried beans and peas are full of wonderful vitamins and fiber and make a really filling meal. I recently made a Black-Eyed Pea & Sausage Soup to see what hubby thought of a new spin on a classic southern meal.

I made this in my crockpot since I was going to be so busy most of the day. There are a couple of other steps you will have to do before you can start cooking the soup if you use dry beans.  You can also use canned black eye peas in this recipe. You just won’t have to cook as long.

I know there are many out there, my mom for one, who really don’t believe in soaking dried beans or peas before cooking. I mainly do this process because I cook them in my slow cooker and it will help release a lot of the starch and “gas” enzymes when I rinse them before they cook.

Black Eyed Pea & Sausage Soup

The day before you cook your beans, put them in a bowl and add water a couple of inches above them. Let them sit overnight.

Black Eyed Pea & Sausage Soup

The next day, just pour off the water and rinse well before adding them to your pot or slow cooker. Your beans or peas will come out so tender after cooking them.  See how they have swelled nicely.

Black eye peas and sausage area perfect combination of comfort food in this delish soup for those cold winter days.

My garden is full of kale right now and with it being a cool weather plant it’s a perfect time to use it in so many recipes. It’s really good in this one.  I am growing a dwarf version of kale and it’s not bitter at all.

I did use Turkey Link Sausage, which you can find in any grocery store, in this recipe to keep the fat content down.  The turkey sausage is already cooked and only needs to be reheated. But if you love the full flavor of link sausage, then that will just add more flavor to the soup.

If the soup is too soupy for your taste, I mixed a small slurry of water and flour and added it to the mixture close to serving time to thicken it up a bit.

Black eye peas and sausage area perfect combination of comfort food in this delish soup for those cold winter days.

Instant Pot Version:

Using the Instant Pot for this soup is not much different. I still soak the beans but not overnight. I start the soaking process in the morning I want to make the soup and let them soak all day. Perfect to start soaking before you go to work and then you are ready to make the soup when you come home.

Cook the onions and sausage on the Saute setting until done. Turn Saute setting off. Add other ingredients, except greens, and cook on the Manual setting for 30 minutes using dried beans or 15 minutes for canned beans. Let the pressure release by itself or manually before you remove the lid. Add the greens and use the Saute setting to let them cook for a bit until wilted. Serve!

Black eye peas and sausage area perfect combination of comfort food in this delish soup for those cold winter days.

Did you know you can also use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker? Just get the Instant Pot Glass Top and use the Slow Cook setting.

This soup goes so well with my Skillet Mexican Cornbread.  Yum

Black Eye Pea Soup
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Black Eyed Pea and Sausage Soup

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 pound of link sausage
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups of turnip or kale greens chopped
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 15 oz can black-eyed peas drained and rinsed or follow the recipe above for dry black eye peas

Instructions

  • If you cook this on the stove, use a little bit of olive oil to cook the onions and sausage before you add the other ingredients, except greens. Let cook on low for a few hours and add the greens about a 1/2 hour before serving.
  • If you use a slow cooker, just put all the ingredients in, except kale and cook on HIGH for about 46hours to make sure the peas are cooked. If you use canned black-eyed peas, cook for a few hours on LOW. About an hour before serving, add greens.
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Black eye peas and sausage area perfect combination of comfort food in this delish soup for those cold winter days.

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Enjoy,

Tammy

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12 Comments

  1. Traditionally, I make my black eyed peas with a hamhock and some cornbread. But this looks really interesting. I always have sausage like this on hand, so I may try this out soon! Thanks!!

    1. Oh yes. Traditionally we do too, but I had the turkey sausage I needed to use and I thought, why not. Make it into a soup. But white beans or black eyed peas with cornbread is a staple in our home.

  2. I love beans as well but I’ve never had this dish before. It’s really nice for a cold winter night. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. This recipe sounds yummy! Might try soon. Hopefully, I can make this work for the whole family.

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