In our home we are big on traditions! Especially when it has to do with the holidays! About three years ago we adopted a new tradition that we’ve come to enjoy which is preparing Black eyed peas for New Years day! In the South, black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day tradition. And it is believed that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year!
I’ve tried preparing black eyed peas a few different ways and wasn’t too crazy about them until I came up with this crockpot black eyed pea soup with cabbage and ham recipe. It is so comforting and PACKED with flavor!!
Soaking Your Peas
The first step to making this soup is soaking your beans in water overnight. If you don’t have the time, you can do a “quick soak” by bringing your beans and water to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove them from heat, cover the pot and soak them for 1 hour. Finally, drain and rinse your beans.
Place your soaked beans in your crock pot. Next, chop your veggies and drain your diced tomatoes.
Add them into your crock pot along with your ham hocks or shank, minced garlic and chicken broth. Now add enough water to cover all of your ingredients by about an inch or so. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
Once your soup is done cooking, season with salt & pepper to taste. I recommend waiting on this step until the very end to prevent making your soup too salty!
- 2 ham hocks or 1 ham shank
- 1 1lb. bag of black eyed peas
- ½ head of green cabbage
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
- 32 oz. chicken broth
- 1 T minced garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- Start by soaking your beans in water overnight OR "quick soaking" by boiling the beans for 2 minutes removing from heat, placing a lid on your pan and soaking for one hour. Regardless of method chosen, after soaking drain & rinse your beans.
- Place beans in the bottom of your crock pot along with ham hocks or shank.
- Chop your veggies, garlic and drain your tomatoes, add to your crockpot
- Pour your 32 ounces of chicken broth and enough water to cover your ingredients by an inch or so.
- Cook for 6 hour on high or 8 hours on low.
- Once finished add salt & pepper to your liking.
- I recommend enjoying with crusty baguette!