This is great for a New Years Eve gathering or any cold winter night. It's excellent served with cornbread. Works best when prepared the night before, and then reheated the next day.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium high heat, saute the bacon until crisp. Set aside the bacon and drain the fat, reserving about 4 tablespoons of the fat in the pot. Add the celery onion and green bell pepper to the pot and saute in the bacon fat for 10 minutes, or until tender.

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  • Add the peas, consomme and stewed tomatoes and allow to heat through, about 15 more minutes. Top with crumbled bacon when serving.

Nutrition Facts

460 calories; protein 16.1g 32% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 34.6g 53% DV; cholesterol 51.5mg 17% DV; sodium 1438.7mg 58% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
THIS WAS GREAT! I had this for a New Year's Brunch and it was a huge hit! I "constructed it" two nights before in a crock pot and kept it refrigerated until New Year's morning. I had the recipe scaled for 12 and omited one of the cans of tomato so it would fit into the crock pot. It was WONDERFUL!!! I will be making this again!!! (Just finished the leftovers tonight!) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2006
Not bad. As written it's a little bit bland so I added some red pepper flakes cayenne and garlic powder. I like the versatility of this recipe - you can have it over rice or noodles with potatoes or on its own with some nice crusty bread. Oh don't make the mistake I did: I made this New Year's Eve and threw the bacon in with the other ingredients. When we came to eat it New Year's Day the bacon had lost its lovely crispiness and was really soggy. Anyway thanks Brenda! And Happy New Year all! Read More
(8)
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
THIS WAS GREAT! I had this for a New Year's Brunch and it was a huge hit! I "constructed it" two nights before in a crock pot and kept it refrigerated until New Year's morning. I had the recipe scaled for 12 and omited one of the cans of tomato so it would fit into the crock pot. It was WONDERFUL!!! I will be making this again!!! (Just finished the leftovers tonight!) Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL AND GREAT TASTING DISH. I USED 1 BAG OF FROZEN BLACK EYED PEAS. I ALSO USED LEAN THICK CUT BACON AND ONCE THE CHOWDER WAS COMPLETED ADDED THE COOKED BACON BACK IN. A DISH THAT CAN NOT BE FULLY APPRECIATED UNLESS YOU COOK IT A COUPLE OF DAYS AHEAD OF TIME. VERY EASY TO PREPARE. Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2004
Pretty good. I used Chicken broth instead of beef broth and added some pepper to spice it up a bit. Also may be better with 2 cans of black-eyed peas instead of 1 because the tomatoes were numerous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
Very tasty soup. I used lean 'weight watchers' bacon added another cup of celery and then liquidised 3/4 of the soup. Delicious very filling non fattening and so healthy! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2004
This recipe was wonderful. Everyone loved it. I don't normally like black eyed peas but this soup is out of this world. Thank You!! It also "saved me"-I didn't know what to fix that included black eyed peas!!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2004
I use "Sizzle-Lean" instead of bacon and also puree my tomatoes and add a can of whole kernal corn. Makes an excellent winter soup. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2006
Not bad. As written it's a little bit bland so I added some red pepper flakes cayenne and garlic powder. I like the versatility of this recipe - you can have it over rice or noodles with potatoes or on its own with some nice crusty bread. Oh don't make the mistake I did: I made this New Year's Eve and threw the bacon in with the other ingredients. When we came to eat it New Year's Day the bacon had lost its lovely crispiness and was really soggy. Anyway thanks Brenda! And Happy New Year all! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2006
I first made this recipe the day after New Year's in 1999 when I had a bowl full of peas left. My variation on this recipe is to use one can of Rotel tomatoes and a 14 ounce can of regular diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes. Of course being soup you can anything you desire. If you don't have Rotel tomatoes add a small can of green chiles or jalepenos to taste. Enjoy! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2010
This was good not great. It could have used more black eyed peas and bacon in it. Read More
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