Traditions. Sometimes you don’t even know where they come from, but you stick with them. One of ours is our New Year’s Day meal. We always eat black eyed peas, collard greens and tomatoes. Tradition says that black eyed peas bring good luck and greens bring money. Long ago I decided tomatoes brought love and thus began the trilogy or luck, money and love for the year to come.
We usually eat eat all the components separately.
However, this year I am considering switching things up with a hearty, comforting soup that incorporates all the key ingredients in a cozy and delicious way.
This hearty soup (adapted from Food & Wine) eats like a meal and already got the preliminary thumbs up from David, so if you are looking for a little luck, money and love in 2015 (and really, who isn’t?!), give it a try and report back to me next December with how it worked.Print
New Year’s Soup with Black Eyed Peas & Collards
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: serves 6
This hearty soup eats like a meal and will bring you all the luck, money and love you’ll need int he coming year. Guaranteed 😉
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 large scallions, plus more for garnish
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 12 ounces collard greens, chopped (can use frozen)
- 12 ounces black eyed peas (can use frozen)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 15 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 lb ham, diced
- In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the scallion bulbs and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
- Add the collard greens, black-eyed peas, water, broth, hot sauce, and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the black-eyed peas are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Stir the ham into the soup and cook until the ham is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the pepper and vinegar. Garnish with scallions and more hot sauce if desired.
And add an extra splash of my favorite hot sauce if you’re into spicing things up!
Do you have any New Year’s Eve or Day traditions?
Kawana Seymour says
I like to add white wine in the place of the white vinager.
Yum! New Tradition!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I already started eating black eyed peas yesterday! I plan on eating them all week….I hope that doesn’t give me bad luck for starting early, hahaha!
Sounds so yummy! I’m making my grocery list right now, and these ingredients are going on it! Thanks for sharing!
I am german through and through so we always have pork and sauerkraut…and hot dogs do not count!! I always do a pork roast with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and dumplings but this year I am going to change it up too! Maybe pork sandwiches???
What an awesome tradition and the soup looks fantastic!
Lori Hart says
IT’s a whopping 14 degrees here in Utah and this soup would be perfect today! This recipe came over on my Bloglovin feed and I’d love it if you would share it at my Tuesday link party, Tickle My Tastebuds.
Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy says
I love all the pictures through the years! So cute! And the recipe looks delish. Happy New Year!
Yum! Looks good!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
Looks perfect!! I love me some black eyed peas and collards!!!
I made this soup yesterday for New Year Day dinner and it was absolutely delicious! My entire family loved it as well. I followed the recipe exactly and loved how simple the recipe was. Came together in about 30-45 min. Thanks for sharing!
just prepped this for tonight 🙂
I am assuming the tomatoes go in with the broth, etc…??
Brittany Dixon says
Yes, you’re correct!
I too use to eat all the components separately until I found this recipe a few years ago (2014). I’ve made it every year since. Thank you for this tradition in my family. My son just got married. After eating it at our house the last couple years, his new wife is making it for him this year. Starting a tradition for them. Even though it’s just the hubby and me, I still will make it. Love this soup just as the recipe is.
Brittany Dixon says
Thank you so much for your feedback, Tina! It makes my heart so happy to hear you and your family enjoy it each year.