Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe
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Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

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Alice Jarrell of Dexter, Missouri waited a long time to get this favorite recipe—but it was well worth it. "I had eaten this soup countless times at a small restaurant in our town," she tells. "When the owner finally retired, he said I deserved the secret recipe and passed it along. Now, my family enjoys it at least once a month!"—Alice Jarrell, Dexter, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 145 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 731mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the sausage, beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Yield: 12-16 servings (4 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup in Country Woman January/February 1999, p14

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Great alternative to Hoppin' John for New Year's Day."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"This another good soup that be "spiced up" depending on how hot you like it! Good for the whole family!!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Delicious!!!! Added diced canned jalapenos cuz my family likes spicy. And the ground sausage I used was hot."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"This was a great, easy soup my meat lovin husband even liked."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This is a great soup and I will make it often during cold weather. I reduced the sausage to 1/2 lb. and used 5 cups of beef broth instead of the water and bouillon cubes."

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