Black-Eyed Pea Sausage Stew Recipe
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Black-Eyed Pea Sausage Stew Recipe

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I've always wanted to try black-eyed peas, and I happened to have smoked sausage on hand one night, so I invented this full-flavored stew. It's the perfect way to heat up a cold night without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I usually doubled with seasonings because we like our food spicier.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) smoked sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 346 calories, 21 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 1378 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the peas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth and seasonings.
  2. Cook and stir for 10-12 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir in corn; cook 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Black-Eyed Pea Sausage Stew in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p31

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Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I used browned chicken sausage, doubled the tomatoes-using crushed, and canned corn. Used homemade cajun seasoning. It needed more seasoning than the recipe stated. Our church members loved it."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I've made this several times. It is even better the next day. We like it with cornbread and a slice of onion on the side. Fast and filling :)"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2008

"This is good, considering the dish is so fast and easy to put together!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"So easy to make and so good too. My husband said it's the best soup he's ever had. It's his new favorite meal (served with fried cornbread) when he comes in from hunting."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2008

"I just made this!"

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