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SLOW COOKER BLACK-EYED PEA SOUP

Slow Cooked Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried black-eyed peas or 3-4 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed.
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 14.5 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon or try 1 1/2 cups cooked and crumbled Italian sausage
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ham bone or ham hock optional but adds a ton of flavor to the broth

Instructions

Soak dried beans

  1. Add beans to a large bowl, cover with water and soak overnight according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

Prepare Soup

  1. Add beans along with remaining ingredients to a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for about 10 hours or on high for about 6 if you using dried beans. If using canned beans cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

  2. Remove ham bone. Taste soup and season with additional salt if needed.

  3. For a thicker/creamier soup - Scoop 1 cup mixture of beans with broth and place in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid if mixture is too thick in blender. Stir back into soup. Reduce to warm and cook for about 30 minutes longer. This will make the soup nice and creamy.