Southern New Year's Day Soup

3 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Across the South, there are three foods that need to be eaten on New Year's Day for good luck in the coming year: greens, black-eyed peas, and stewed tomatoes. We've thrown them all in this savory soup along with some pasta and Parmesan. Any type of dark, leafy green will work in this recipe.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Leek; quartered, white and green parts chopped (2 cups)
2 cloves Garlic; minced (2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon Poultry seasoning
8 ounces Kale; tough stems removed, leaves cut into 2-inch pieces (4 cups)
1 15-oz can Diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can Diced tomatoes with green chiles
3/4 cup dried Black-eyed peas
1 quart Low-sodium vegetable broth
3/4 cup Farfalle pasta
Shaved parmesan cheese curls; for garnish (optional; leave out for vegan version)

Original recipe makes 8



1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek, and saute 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and poultry seasoning, and saute 1 minute more. Stir in kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until leaves are wilted, tossing occasionally.

2. Add diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with chiles, black-eyed peas, vegetable broth, and 7 cups water. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 40 to 45 minutes. Stir in pasta, and cook 7 to 10 minutes more, or until pasta is al dente and black-eyed peas are tender. Serve garnished with Parmesan curls.

Note: For vegan version, leave out optional parmesan cheese.


Calories: 161

Protein: 6g

Total fat: 4g (0.5g saturated fat)

Carbohydrates: 27g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 656mg

Fiber: 6g

Sugars: 5g

From Vegetarian Times, January 2009, p.73

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We made this for New Year's Day and it was great :) Recipe made 15 cups so the servings are large. When I make it again I will probably use a little less water. I used a mix of kale and collard greens and my hubby and I both enjoyed it.
Querian 3y ago

Made this again recently - it was even better than I remembered! Even the non-vegetarians loved it :)<br>I used kale for the greens, and fresh shaved Parmesan for the garnish - yum!
lizmari 4y ago

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