There is nothing I love more than a hearty soup. Of course it’s better when it’s cold or nasty out, but I’m not one of those people who are like “oh it’s too hot to eat that!” BRING IT ON! I came across this recipe for Black Eyed Pea soup on the 365 Days of Crockpot blog, I believe it’s in her cookbook as well. It didn’t really sound that great but the picture looked good so I decided to give it a try, especially since I happened to have a pound of black eyed peas in the pantry! I changed a few ingredients to suit my tastes and what I happened to have on hand, so I will put my adaption here.
Black Eyed Pea Soup
1 lb. dried black eyed peas
1 lb. Italian sausage
6 cups chicken broth
1 can sliced carrots, drained
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 tsp Italian Seasonings
1 tsp kosher salt
generous sprinkle of Tony’s creole seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder
8-10 shakes of your favorite hot sauce
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 cup beer
Soak your beans overnight.
In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage links, cook on both sides till browned and add 1/4 cup beer. Simmer about 5 minutes. Remove sausage from the pan and cut into small pieces. Return to pan and add the other 1/4 cup of beer. Cook until sausage is done, flipping pieces over as needed.
Empty beans into a colander, picking out any discolored beans. Pour into the crockpot. Add the sausage, carrots and celery, stir well. Add the chicken broth and seasonings, stir well and cover. Cook on LOW 8 hours. Once done, scoop out 1 cup of the beans (pick out any sausage, carrots or celery that might get trapped in there!) and puree using a blender or immersion mixer. Return to the pot and stir in well. This is to make it a little creamier.
The Verdict: Honestly, I thought I would hate it. I thought wrong. This was so hearty and earthy, it was fantastic. The flavors were phenomenal together. Shockingly, my 1 year old daughter LOVED this meal. She actually ate a lot of it. Hubby and friend Anthony also really enjoyed it, each eating several helpings! I thought I’d have a ton leftover but actually, we don’t have much!
Extra Note Added 9/21/09: I made this for a second time using the store brand/off brand black eyed peas and they were not as good. Could have been a fluke but there were a lot of “discolored” beans when I sorted them and they didn’t cook as soft. I will definitely use the Camellia brand from now on like I did originally!