Hopping John Soup or Black-Eyed Pea, Ham, and Collard Greens Soup (Video)
Hopping John Soup (Black-Eyed Pea, Ham, and Collard Greens Soup) is my favorite dish to make for good luck in the New Year! This tasty soup is not really that photogenic, but it’s delicious. Use Soup Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
Watch the video to see if you’d like to make Hopping John Soup
(Black-Eyed Pea, Ham, and Collard Greens Soup)!
For years I’ve been making this tasty Hopping John Soup with Black-Eyed Peas, Ham, and Collard Greens for good luck in the New Year, and if you’re willing to eat a few carbs to get good luck, I highly recommend this soup that has all the luck-bringing properties of Hopping John! If you want a lower-carb version use more ham and collards and less black-eyed peas. Hopping John is traditionally made on New Year’s Day, but make it ahead if you want to get started early on the luck.
If you’re not familiar with Hopping John, it’s eaten throughout the southern U.S. on New Year’s Day. The origin of the name Hopping John is uncertain, but it’s thought to have come from the Creole French pronunciation of the pigeon peas used in the dish.
Recipe variations for Hopping John abound, but all contain ham, black eyed peas, and collard greens, the peas representing coins and the collard greens representing dollar bills for financial luck in the new year. I took the Hopping John ingredients of black-eyed peas, ham, and collard greens and turned them into a soup a few years ago, and the recipe has been something I’ve made for New Year’s luck ever since. And if you want a version of this soup that’s lower in carbs, use less black-eyed peas and more ham, celery, and collard greens.
There are also more tasty Lucky Black-Eyed Peas Recipes on the blog if you want to get even more good luck!
What are Black-Eyed Peas?
Black-Eyed peas are legumes that are grown around the world. Here’s more about this tasty ingredient that are sometimes called Black-Eyed Beans. In the United States they are often made into a southern dish called Hopping John.
How to Make Hopping John Soup:
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- Chop the onions and celery and cook them just until they start to soften, adding garlic the last few minutes. While the onions cook, chop the ham. (If you ham has a rind, save it to add to the soup for more flavor.)
- After onions/celery/garlic mixture is done, add the chopped ham and saute over very low heat for about 10 minutes.
- In a large soup pot, add the ham/onion/celery/garlic mixture, chicken stock, black-eyed peas, dried thyme, and ham rinds if you have them. Let this cook at a low simmer for about an hour. (These photos are a double batch of soup.)
- While the soup simmers, cut away the thick inner rib of the collard greens, then coarsely chop the greens.
- After soup has simmered for one hour, taste for flavor, adding some ham flavor base (affiliate link) if needed and adding a little water if the soup seems too thick.
- Add chopped collard greens to the soup and let simmer for about one hour more. When the black-eyed peas are as soft as you’d like, remove the ham rind and then use an immersion blender to partially puree the soup, being careful not to overdo it if you want a soup with some chunkiness to it.
- Add the red pepper flakes and vinegar and simmer 10 minutes more (or longer; I sometimes cook it an hour or so longer at this point.)
- Serve hot and enjoy the good luck!
More Black-Eyed Peas for New Year’s:
Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas ~ Southern Plate
Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Sausage and Peppers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cowboy Caviar ~ Valerie’s Kitchen
Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Peppers and Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Black-Eyed Pea Salad ~ She Wears Many Hats
If you don't have homemade chicken stock you can use water with Better than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base (affiliate link) or canned chicken broth (affiliate link) instead. I also like to use Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link) for more ham flavor.
You can also use 6 cups freshly cooked black-eyed peas or 4 cans black-eyed peas to make this soup. One bunch of collard greens is about 2 cups when measured after chopping, but next time I would use more.
This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from The Gourmet Cookbook.)
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 1023mg Carbohydrates: 28.5g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 9g Protein: 31g
If you don't have homemade chicken stock you can use water with Better than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base (affiliate link) or canned chicken broth (affiliate link) instead. I also like to use Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link) for more ham flavor. You can also use 6 cups freshly cooked black-eyed peas or 4 cans black-eyed peas to make this soup. One bunch of collard greens is about 2 cups when measured after chopping, but next time I would use more. This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from The Gourmet Cookbook.)
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Black-eyed peas are not low in carbs, but if you want to reduce the carb count for the soup use more ham, celery, and collard greens in proportion to the other ingredients. However, even with that lower-carb version if you’re strictly limiting carbs you’ll have to miss out on the black-eyed pea luck! This Hopping John Soup would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but limit serving sizes for phase one.
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