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Lucky Soup for New Year

Black Eyed Pea and Ham Soup with Collard Greens

This Black Eyed Pea and Ham Soup with Collard Greens is ideal for any New Year's Day meal.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword black eyed pea soup, lucky soup for new year, new year's day soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 157 kcal
Author Amanda


  • 1 lb collard greens or kale or one bag chopped greens
  • 3-4 ham hocks shanks, or neckbones*
  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 14-ounce can tomatoes in juice diced
  • 1 32-ounce carton vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 oz black eyed peas frozen
  • 1 ham steak chopped or torn into bite sized pieces
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped


  1. Remove the tougher, woody stalks from the collard leaves. Smaller stems are okay. Wash the leaves and cut them into half-inch-wide strips. If using a bag of pre-cut greens, skip this step. Put the hocks, shanks or neckbones in a stock pot. Add the onion, collards, tomatoes, stock and water. Add the vinegar, red pepper, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, turn to low and simmer for at least 1 hour.

  2. After the greens are tender, remove the ham hocks/shanks/neckbones. Shred any meat and return to the pot.
  3. Add the chopped ham, carrots and peas, bring to boil, and simmer for 30 minutes or until peas are soft and thoroughly cooked. Serve in bowls with a baguette, if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you have a ham bone with a bit of meat still on it from a spiral sliced ham, you can skip buying the hocks and ham steak. Just remove the ham bone after the hour of simmering time. Shred off the meat, return it to the pot, and discard the bone.

Nutrition Facts
Black Eyed Pea and Ham Soup with Collard Greens
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 717mg31%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.