Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


8 servings (2 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 26, 2022
"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."


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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