Who's ready to ring in the New Year with an amazing, comforting bowl of good-for-you soup? Me. *Raises both hands*. I think you all know by now my affinity for soups. They are my favorite thing to eat.....and create for that matter. So, when my super awesome reader Estee asked me to create an awesome black-eyed pea soup for New Year's, naturally I said YES. This is almost a stew because it is a fabulously, thick and hearty soup that is slow-cooked, but regardless what you call it, you will love it.
There are a million and one versions out there I'm sure, so I simply created mine based off of ingredients I love and would want in my own soup. I personally think a balance of sweetness goes incredibly perfect with a slightly spicy soup. One of my very first recipes I wrote for blogging, and one of my favorite soups, is my 1 Pot Sweet Potato Lentil Soup. I immediately remembered that one and how incredible the flavors were, so I decided to use that one for inspiration. You know, a wonderful smoky black-eyed pea soup, with chunky sweet potatoes throughout. I also added a good amount of salsa, for extra depth of flavor, spiciness and an acidic touch. Of course, A good dose of garlic too. Oh boy. YUM.
This vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Black-Eyed Pea Soup is not only incredibly healthy and good for you, it is also oil-free, low-fat and all made in 1 pot! It's, of course, just 8 ingredients (+ salt & pepper & water). You do need to soak the beans the night before, this produces the best texture and flavor. Sometimes canned beans just don't cut it. I also wanted to make a giant pot of it because, well, leftovers rule.
Speaking of the New Year, are you one to make traditional new commitments or plans, or do you not fall into that? I, personally, think it's dependent on one's personality. Some people like the new year as a new start, but I don't need a new year for that. When I decide I want to make a change, I attempt to do it right then and there. I find if you wait until a specific date or this or that, it doesn't tend to really stick as much. If you want something, go for it now! Kind of like this soup, go start soaking your dried black-eyed peas now, for 8 hours, and then make this big pot of yumminess.
The only other thing that makes this soup completely perfect, is serving it alongside my Magic Skillet Cornbread. But to make things a bit quicker and easier, I made them as muffins. Easier to dip into each bowl. This whole meal is so incredibly filling and delicious, you will be excited just to get to lunch the next day.
Let me know below what you think of this vegan, gluten-free Smoky Sweet Potato Black-Eyed Pea Soup by leaving feedback and doing the star rating please!! It means the world to me. Thank you and Happy New Year!
- 1 lb (16 oz bag) dried black-eyed peas, soaked 8 hours (overnight) covered in water
- 6 cups warm water or low-sodium veggie broth (see note below)
- 2 cups chopped bell peppers (280 g, I used 1 red and 1 green for color, but use what you like)
- 1½ cups finely chopped onion (195 g)
- 4 x-large garlic cloves (you'll need 2½ tablespoons minced garlic, really adds great flavor, my cloves were huge)
- 3 cups of ½ inch chunks peeled and chopped sweet potato (470 g)
- ½ cup medium heat salsa (120 g, I used Trader Joes, add more for extra spice)
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2-3 teaspoons smoked paprika (depending on how smoky you like it)
- salt and pepper (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper)
- Note: I used a medium heat level salsa from Trader Joes, this gives QUITE the kick of heat to the soup, which I wanted. If you are afraid of it being too spicy, then use a mild salsa and you can always add in cayenne pepper at the end to your liking. I found this level of spice to be perfect with the medium salsa. Also, I used water and the soup was delicious and flavorful, but if you want to use a low-sodium veggie broth, you may need a little less salt. Start with 1 tbsp and add more at the end if necessary, otherwise use the full amount)
- Time-saving tip: The day before I cooked the soup (when I placed the beans to soak) I also chopped the bell peppers and onion and placed them in the freezer, so all I had to do was add them the next day and chop the sweet potato and garlic. Made it simpler.
- This recipe is written based on the large amount of water used with the dried beans. I don't recommend canned, as it will totally change everything else about the recipe. This makes a huge pot, which is how I like to make a good soup at New Year's for leftovers.
- Add your dried beans to a large pot and cover in water. Put the lid on and soak overnight or 8 hours max. Drain and rinse them well and remove any rocks or debris. Add them back to the pot and add the 6 cups warm water.
- Bring the beans to a boil and as soon as it is a rolling boil, turn to low simmer, cover with a lid and let cook for 60 minutes (set your timer). While it is cooking, chop your bell peppers, onion, garlic and sweet potato. Get all your remaining ingredients ready as well (salsa, cumin, paprika and salt & pepper). Note: You can also prepare the cornbread muffins at this time if you want. They add a wonderful slightly sweet taste and texture to the soup. Come on, make them.
- After the 60 minutes is up, add the remaining ingredients. Stir well and bring it back to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium-low heat, cover with the lid slightly tilted allowing steam still to escape and let it cook 15-20 minutes just until the potatoes are tender. The beans should be done at this point as well. If you follow each step as I've noted, the beans should be done. If not, let them cook just a few minutes more. Remove from the heat and serve with my Magic Skillet Cornbread! Click the link for the recipe. I made them into muffins instead of skillet pan. Made it easier for serving the soup.