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Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup also has sausage and bell peppers and this quick and tasty soup is sure to bring you good luck! And this soup has a generous amount of sausage and peppers, so it’s not that high in net carbs for a soup with beans.

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Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup with sausage and bell peppers is a perfect soup to make for good luck on New Year’s Day, and this soup is delicious too. I’ve been cooking black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for several years now, often my favorite Hopping John Soup or Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, and I can promise you, it has definitely brought me good luck.

And this is a pretty carb-conscious soup too, and you could easily make this lower in carbs by using more sausage and peppers and less black-eyed peas. If you’re cooking black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day, let us know in the comments how you’re fixing them this year.

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How to Make Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup:

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  1. I’m a fan of frozen black-eyed peas, which do need to be cooked but cook more quickly than dried black-eyed peas. If you can’t find them, you can use the dried ones but you need to allow much longer more cooking time.
  2. I used Sabatino’s Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic, but if you can’t find those use any chicken or turkey sausage with garlic. (Be sure to choose a gluten-free sausage if needed.)
  3. Slice the sausage and saute in a little olive oil until they’re well-browned.
  4. While the sausage cooks, chop the onion and mince the garlic.  Remove the sausage when it’s browned, heat a little more olive oil and saute onions for a few minutes.  Then add the garlic, thyme, and oregano and cook 1-2 minutes more.
  5. Add the frozen (or dried) black-eyed peas, water, and chicken stock and simmer 30 minutes or until the peas are starting to soften. (Dried peas may need as much as 1-2 hours to start to soften. They will cook a little more quickly if they’re soaked overnight.)
  6. While the peas are simmering, remove seeds and finely chop the red and green bell pepper.
  7. Add the diced peppers and sausage to the soup pot and cook about 45 minutes more (or longer if the peas are not fully softened.)
  8. When the soup is done, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, stir in the sherry vinegar, and serve hot, with olive oil and sherry vinegar to drizzle on each bowl if desired.

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More Lucky Black-Eyed Peas for the New Year:

Hopping John Soup 
Black-Eyed Pea Hummus 
Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Peppers, Cilantro, and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette
Southwestern Bean Salad with Black Beans and Black-Eyed Peas

Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup in bowl

Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup is quick and tasty for good luck on New Year’s Day!


  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
  • one pound precooked sausage, sliced about 3/8 inch thick  (see notes)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 T finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 16 oz. package frozen black-eyed peas (see notes)
  • 6 cups chicken broth (see notes)
  • 1 cup water (and more as needed)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 T sherry vinegar (or any mild vinegar)
  • additional sherry vinegar and olive oil for serving (optional)


  1. Heat 2 tsp. olive in oil in a large soup pot and cook the sausage over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned on all side, about 6-8 minutes.  Don’t rush the browning step.  Remove sausage to a bowl and set aside.
  2. While the sausage browns, chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  3. After you remove the sausage, turn heat to medium and add 2 tsp. more olive oil.  When the oil is hot add the onions and cook until partially softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Then add the minced garlic, dried thyme, and dried oregano and saute a minute or two more.
  5. Add the frozen black-eyed peas, chicken stock, and 1 cup water and bring to a low boil.
  6. Turn heat to low and simmer about 30 minutes, or until the peas are starting to soften.  (If you’re using dried black-eyed peas they will need longer cooking time to start softening, as much as 1-2 hours.)
  7. When the peas are partly soft, add the diced red and green bell peppers and sausage and simmer about 45 minutes more, or until the peas are done to your liking.  If the soup seems too thick, add a little more water as it cooks.
  8. Season the soup with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste and stir in the 2 T sherry vinegar.
  9. Serve soup hot, with additional olive oil and sherry vinegar to drizzle on at serving time if desired.


I used Sabatinos Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic, but use any chicken, turkey, or pork sausage you prefer. You can also use dried black-eyed peas, which will take longer to cook. or canned black-eyed peas which will cook more quickly than the frozen ones. I used my homemade chicken stock, but chicken broth from a can or carton will be fine.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 1240mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Not only is this Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup  guaranteed to bring you luck, but it’s also approved for any phase of the original South Beach Diet and other low-glycemic eating plans. This soup is not that high in net carbs because of the generous amount of sausage and peppers, but for other low-carb diet plans, you can use even less black-eyed peas and more sausage and peppers if you prefer.

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    23 Comments on “Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup”

  1. I did a nutrition check via Very Well’s Calorie Count and its very nutritious! I had to tweak the ingreds a little bit, and omitted the salt/pepper but thanks for this recipe! It is the answer to my traditional New Years’ Day Dinner
    !4 tsp olive oil4 tsp Olive Oil 27 Calories per serving
    4 serving Smoked Mozzarella With Artichoke and Garlic Chicken Sausage Sabatino’s 93 Calories per serving
    1 large Onions Raw 10 Calories per serving
    1 tbsp Garlic Raw 2 Calories per serving
    1 tsp. Thyme, Dried 0 Calories per serving
    1/2 tsp. Oregano, Ground 0 Calories per serving
    16 oz. Blackeye Peas Dried China Doll 180 Calories per serving
    6 cup Soup, Chicken Broth Or Bouillon Prepared With Water 10 Calories per serving
    1 cup Water 0 Calories per serving
    2 tbsp Vinegar, Cider 1 Calorie per serving
    1 Sweet Red Peppers 1 Cup 6 Calories per serving
    1 Sweet Green Peppers 1 Cup 6 Calories per serving

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 6
    Amount per serving
    Calories 334
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 9.1g 12%
    Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
    Cholesterol 37mg 12%
    Sodium 1124mg 49%
    Total Carbohydrate 53.5g 19%
    Dietary Fiber 22g 79%
    Total Sugars 5.9g
    Protein 30.1g
    Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 113mg 9%
    Iron 7mg 37%
    Potassium 136mg 3%

    • that’s an ! mark in front of the 4 T of olive oil, not 14 T of olive oil…..it got dropped from the “New Years’ Day Dinner”. lol Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. Lisa, thanks for sharing that, and glad you liked it!

  3. Made this soup last week and it was delicious–rich and flavorful! Substituted cider vinegar for the sherry vinegar with good result.

  4. Wanda, so glad you enjoyed the Hopping John Soup, and I hope it brings you lots of good luck in 2013!

  5. I cooked your Hopping John black eyed peas soup today, Kalyn..delcious! Great instructions…especially not to over process it…(gulp)almost did that. I bought the beans on New Years Eve and left them at the store. I want that Good Luck, so I retrieved them the next day, Jan 1st, cooked a few to eat for luck…then cooked the entire soup recipe today…I left out the red pepper flakes..I substituted with ground pepper. It is like my mother used to make…comfort good soup.

  6. Made it tonight, very tasty! Store was sold out of black eyed peas, so substituted frozen field peas. Probably could have used the entire 2 lb bag since it was a little thin. Also substituted rice vinegar for sherry vinegar and it was delicious. Thanks, Kalyn!

  7. Such a wonderful turn on a New Year's staple. I usually serve Hoppin' John at midnight. Thanks for the new version.

  8. Kalyn, I simply can't wait to get home from vacation so I can make this soup. It looks absolutely phenomenal!

    Thanks so much for sharing my Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Chicken and Ham, too, and all these other black-eyed pea recipes! Happy New Year, dear!!


  9. Thanks for the nice thoughts everyone. I'm at my sister's for the holidays and looking forward to 2013!

  10. As a southerner, we always eat black-eyed peas for luck. I made a similar soup, but I like your idea of the sausages. I also make a Southern black-eyed pea "caviar."

    Wishing you and your family a happy & healthy new year.

  11. I hope that 2013 is rich in experiences, filled with love and happiness and of course wonderful food. Have a safe and happy New Year. Smile often and those around you will too.

  12. I was looking for black eye peas recipes and thanks for posting a delicious recipe.Happy new year !

  13. Looks delicious! I think I have all the ingredients so I'll be making this!

  14. I'm all for good luck, and that looks delicious too, so double the good luck! Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year, Kalyn!

  15. Thanks Kate, and Happy New Year to you too!

  16. Such a warm, comfy, delicious soup!
    Sending warm wishes for a healthy, safe and happy New Year to you and to your loved ones! Have a blessed year ahead!

  17. Thanks Joanne,and I hope you have lots of good luck in 2013!

    Lydia, wishing you a wonderful 2013 too and I hope we haves some fun adventures together!

    Mother Rimmy, I am a believer after eating them for quite a few years now. Best wishes in the new year!

  18. Can you believe that I had no idea black-eyed peas were good luck until a friend brought over her dip recipe and shared this bit of news with me. Now that I know I have to make your soup. Have a wonderful New Year!

  19. I have no doubt this soup will bring good luck for the new year! Wishing you a wonderful 2013, with thanks for inspiring all of us with so many fantastic recipes.

  20. I love eating some of the good luck foods on New Years. This soup sounds awesome.