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New Year's Soup for Good Luck


  • 2 cups black eyed peas, soaked
  • 1 tsp. cooking oil
  • 4 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 lb. andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic                            
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 bunch collard greens, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1sprig rosemary, chopped
  • 8-10 cups stock, chicken or vegetable
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Cooked rice for serving if desired


  1. In a large stockpot, add the oil and then cook the diced bacon until lightly browned.
  2. Add in the andouille, browning for 3 minutes, then add onions and sauté' for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic, bay leaves, cumin, cayenne, turmeric and mix.
  4. Add in the collard greens, Creole seasoning, salt, rosemary, and sauté' for 5 minutes.
  5. Drain the beans and add to pot.
  6. Add stock, Worcestershire and bring to a boil then simmer on medium-low heat for 45minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. More stock can be added, if needed.
  7. Add lemon juice, and zest just before serving.
  8. Soup can be served with rice if you choose.

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