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SoCal Greens and Black Eyed Pea Soup

Rated as 4.93 out of 5 Stars

"A tasty soup spin on traditional Southern New Year's foods. Serve with your favorite cornbread for a hearty lunch or dinner."
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1 h 5 m servings 255
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Heat bacon grease on medium heat in large Dutch oven or stock pot. Stir onion and garlic together in pot, cooking until onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place ham hocks, collards, kale, 32 ounces Swanson(R) Unsalted Chicken Broth, tomatoes, and Creole seasoning in pot. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer until greens are tender, about 45 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas and heat through.
  3. For a thinner soup, add a few more ounces of chicken broth. Adjust seasonings, if needed; add hot pepper sauce to taste.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use olive oil in place of bacon drippings to saute the onions and garlic.
  • Use any preferred greens--collards, kale, mustard greens, or a combination.
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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 255 calories; 14.7 16.3 14.4 37 445 Full nutrition

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I have made this several times. I usually just use the kale and I like to use roasted tomatoes. I add black eyed peas that I cook from dried. The Cajun seasoning can be very salty so I halve ...

A coworker made this and I just couldn't get enough!!! Will be a favorite for a long time!

I really liked this recipe. I didn't have any black eyed peas. I ended up adding Eckrick smoked turkey sausage for the meat. This dish is quite good. I served corn break along with it.

Made it just like the recipe called for and I usually don't, but this was amazing southern style cooking! I take that back...I did a minor change...I used my homemade chicken bone broth. So good!

Sssooo good! My 10 month old even loved it! I used smoked turkey instead of ham hicks, and I added vinegar and a pinch of sugar. Amazing!

Turned out great ! We also made cornbread croutons to go with it as a side, yum! Thank you for the recipe !

I simmered the ham hocks before adding them to the soup because I was concerned about the salt since I didn't have unsalted chicken broth. Excellent recipe. Nice change for New Years. I usuall...

Yum! And very easy to make. I used a piece of hickory smoked ham steak instead of the ham hocks.