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Ham Bone Soup with Black Eyed Peas

Ham Bone Soup with Black Eyed Peas

Ham Bone Soup with Black Eyed Peas

A rich and filling soup with big flavors and lots of protein is just what the doctor ordered to help you power through the winter.

That’s right Fergie is back! Okay it’s not The Black Eyed Peas, it’s just some awesome regular black-eyed peas. Strangely, I rarely see black-eyed peas anywhere, not in restaurants, recipes, no where. I mean come on, Where is the Love?

If you end up with a ham bone and don’t know what to do with it? Instead of making stock try making some black-eyed peas with it. The ham bone, often left over from a big family meal, is the star of this soup. It gives the soup a deep, meaty flavor and infuses the broth with a smoky, savory taste. The longer the bone simmers in the broth, the more flavor it releases.

Black-eyed peas, the main legume in this soup, are not only super-tasty but indeed also packed with protein and fiber. They provide a creamy texture and a slightly nutty flavor, making the soup both delicious, filling and nutritious.

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Step by Step Guide to Making Ham Bone Soup with Black Eyed Peas


  1. Soak the Black Eyed Peas: Place beans in a large pot over the stove and cover with water. Add salt and bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let them soak for an hour. Once your beans are done soaking, rinse and drain them.

  2. Roast the Ham Bone: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Place the ham bone in a Dutch oven and roast it for about 30 minutes, or until the aroma of pork fills your kitchen.


  3. Sauté Aromatics and Sausage: Add onions, avocado oil, and garlic to the pot with the ham bone. Continue roasting for 10 minutes. Then, add the ground pork sausage and roast for another 10 minutes.


  4. Simmer with Black Eyed Peas: Transfer the Dutch oven from the oven to the stove. Add the strained black-eyed peas, water, spices, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes or until the peas are tender.


  5. Remove Bone and Bay Leaves: Discard the ham bone, any cartilage, and bay leaves. Serve the soup hot, garnished with slices of fresh avocado.


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Ham Bone Soup with Black Eyed Peas

Ham Bone Soup with Black Eyed Peas


  • Author: Brian Staffield
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 portions 1x

Description

A rich and filling soup with big flavors and lots of protein is just what the doctor ordered to help you power through the winter.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 Ham Bone (ideally with some meat still on it)
  • 2 cups Black Eyed Peas (soaked for at least one hour)
  • 1/4 cup Ground Spicy Pork Sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Chipotle
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Medium Onion (diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (sliced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • Avocado (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Soak the Black Eyed Peas: Place beans in a large pot over the stove and cover with water. Add salt and bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let them soak for an hour. Once your beans are done soaking, rinse and drain them.
  2. Roast the Ham Bone: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Place the ham bone in a Dutch oven and roast it for about 30 minutes, or until the aroma of pork fills your kitchen.
  3. Sauté Aromatics and Sausage: Add onions, avocado oil, and garlic to the pot with the ham bone. Continue roasting for 10 minutes. Then, add the ground pork sausage and roast for another 10 minutes.
  4. Simmer with Black Eyed Peas: Transfer the Dutch oven from the oven to the stove. Add the strained black-eyed peas, water, spices, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes or until the peas are tender.
  5. Remove Bone and Bay Leaves: Discard the ham bone, any cartilage, and bay leaves. Serve the soup hot, garnished with slices of fresh avocado.

Notes

  • Soaking the black-eyed peas helps to reduce cooking time and make them more digestible.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your preference, especially if the ham bone is already salty.
  • Be careful while handling the ham bone as it can be hot.
  • Fresh avocado adds a creamy texture and richness to the soup.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Soaking Time: 65 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Ham Bone Soup, Black Eyed Peas Recipe, Spicy Pork Sausage, Hearty Soup, Dutch Oven Cooking, Comfort Food, Winter Soup, Easy Meal, Homemade Soup, Avocado Garnish

 

 

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