From the Archives: A long lost recipe for black eyed pea soup

I know it’s a little late to be publishing this recipe, but a reader emailed me to let me know that she’d lost her copy again, so I’m republishing so you can bookmark for next year or make it this week for a little belated New Year’s luck.

Dear Addie:

Our home was destroyed in the Bastrop wildfires, and I lost my recipes! One of my favorites this time of year was a recipe printed in the Statesman for a Black Eyed Pea Soup. I made it every New Year’s Day. It was contributed by an older couple and it had sausage in it. I think they talked about serving it when watching UT games.

— Sally Keinarth, Bastrop

Dottie Wilkinson and her husband Joe have been making their New Year's black-eyed pea soup for more than 20 years. 2004 photo from Kelly West

Dottie Wilkinson and her husband Joe have been making their New Year’s black-eyed pea soup for more than 20 years. 2004 photo from Kelly West

Longtime Statesman food writer Kitty Crider loved this recipe as much as readers, and she last printed it in 2004. She got it from Dottie and Joe Wilkinson in 1979, and the chili powder gives the soup an orange tone. Happy New Year!

— Addie Broyles

This black eyed pea soup has a hint of chili powder. 2004 photo by Kelly West

This black eyed pea soup has a hint of chili powder. 2004 photo from Kelly West

New Year’s Black Eyed Pea Soup

3 cups dried black-eyed peas
Ham bone with meat or ham hocks
3 cups minced celery
3 cups minced onion
3 cups minced carrots
2 lb. smoked sausage, diced
2 Tbsp. chili powder

Place peas and ham in 3 quarts water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until peas are soft, about two hours. (No need to soak peas.) Discard bone, leaving bits of ham in soup. Add celery, onion and carrots and cook another hour. Add smoked sausage and simmer 30 minutes. Add chili powder. If needed, add more water, salt or black pepper. Serve with cornbread. Makes about a gallon.

— Dottie and Joe Wilkinson


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