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Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup

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
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 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


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

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  • Bahiya
    Dec 31, 2015

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

  • lolohiser
    Mar 22, 2015

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

  • homemaker27
    Jan 1, 2015

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

  • kellington59
    Aug 21, 2014

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

  • susnan
    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.

  • LibbiPeach
    Feb 12, 2013

    This was our January "good luck" meal. It is definitely a keeper.

  • BrownEyedGirl2312
    Jan 5, 2012

    No one in my family likes black-eyed peas except for me, so it took some coaxing on my part to get them to try it. Wow! Everyone loved it and I spent the next several days emailing the recipe to all my family members. This year we made it for friends as Christmas gifts! I particularly like that it is low in calorie, tastes fabulous, and is Weight Watcher friendly! I would definitely encourage anyone to make this even if you don't like black-eyed pease!

  • ptuner
    Feb 5, 2011

    Sorry. Forgot to rate it.Avery

  • ptuner
    Feb 5, 2011

    Made this yesterday and was very good. A lot of meat. The only real change I made was to use 4 cups of beef broth instead of the bouillon and water and Rotel Mild for the diced tomatoes with green chilis. Also didn't use the regular salt. Next time I'll also use low-sodium beef broth and maybe add some chopped green pepper. Browned the beef and onion and heated everything in a crockpot for 5 hrs. on low. Use a 5 qt. pot at least. I think some cornbread would also go very good with this. Thanks for the recipe.Avery

  • Isolda
    Jan 29, 2010

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