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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


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.


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)


  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.


  • 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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