Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham Recipe
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Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham Recipe

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"Even people who don't care for black-eyed peas will enjoy this hearty meatless soup," promises Donna Ambrose, Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania. "With a crusty loaf of bread, it's a heartwarming meal for those cold winter days."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, undrained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • Shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese and minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 192 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 843mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. In the drippings, saute the green pepper, onion and garlic until tender.
  2. Add peas, tomatoes, water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, parsley and bacon. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Black-Eyed Pea Soup in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p17

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Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 228658
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015 Edited Jul. 8, 2015

"Easy, and has a really good flavor. My husband and I enjoyed this. Thank you for the recipe."

zook User ID: 1285110 34139
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"I had to laugh when the I read that this was a "meatless" soup, and the first ingredient is BACON! Anyway, this is a wonderful soup. The curry is what makes it, for sure. I did doctor mine up a little, I used an entire package of bacon, and I also added a couple cups of diced ham. I'm sure I tweaked the seasonings a little, since I usually do, but I can't remember now what I did. Nothing too drastic. I am making this again today to take to BUNCO and I know the girls are going to love it, too!!!"

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