Black Eyed Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup

Black Eyed Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup – smoked sausage, black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, Rotel, cajun seasoning, chicken broth, and rice – Ready in 20 minutes! LOVE this soup. Serve with cornbread for an easy weeknight meal!!

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Black Eyed Pea Soup for New Year’s Day

It is a Southern tradition to eat black eyed peas on New Years’Day. Eating black eyed peas is said to bring you good luck in the new year. I need all the luck I can get, so I always eat black eyed peas.

This year we are making a batch of Black Eyed Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup. Black eyed peas, smoked sausage, cajun seasoning, and Rotel tomatoes. Not only is this soup easy to make, but it also tastes super delicious! We served this soup over some rice, and it was delicious and filling.

How to Make Black Eyed Pea & Smoked Sausage Soup

This soup is super easy to make. Start with browning some smoked sausage in a Dutch oven. Add black eyed peas, onion, garlic powder, Rotel, cajun seasoning, and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

  • I like to use Conecuh Smoked Sausage. You can use any brand that you prefer.
  • To reduce the calories, use Smoked Turkey Sausage.
  • Is Black Eyed Pea & Smoked Sausage Soup spicy? There is a small kick to the soup from the Rotel tomatoes. If you are worried about the heat, use a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun/Creole Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • For store-bought Cajun seasoning, I like Tony Chachere’s or Slap Ya Mama. Look for salt-free seasoning if you are sensitive to salt.
  • Adjust the seasoning up or down to your desired heat level.
  • We serve the soup over rice. You can use any cooked rice that you enjoy – white, brown, jasmine. You can omit the rice if you prefer.
  • Can I make this soup in the slow cooker? Yes! Brown the sausage and dump the remaining ingredients into the crockpot and cook until warm.
bowl of black eyed pea and smoked sausage soup

What to Serve with Smoked Sausage Soup

This soup is a new favorite at our house. We’ve made it several times and absolutely LOVE it! As I said, we serve this soup over some cooked rice with some homemade cornbread. Comfort food at its best!

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bowl of black eyed pea and smoked sausage soup

Black Eyed Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Black Eyed Pea and Smoked Sausage Soup – smoked sausage, black eyed peas, onion, garlic, Rotel, cajun seasoning, chicken broth, and rice – Ready in 20 minutes! LOVE this soup. Serve with cornbread for an easy weeknight meal!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 (15-oz) cans black eyed peas, drained
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion flakes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies undrained
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 to 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked rice, optional

Instructions:

  • In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook smoked sausage until lightly browned.
  • Add black eyed peas, onion flakes, garlic powder, Rotel, cajun seasoning and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with cooked rice.

Notes:

  • I like to use Conecuh Smoked Sausage. You can use any brand that you prefer.
  • To reduce the calories, use Smoked Turkey Sausage.
  • Is Black Eyed Pea & Smoked Sausage Soup spicy? There is a small kick to the soup from the Rotel tomatoes. If you are worried about the heat, use a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun/Creole Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • For store-bought Cajun seasoning, I like Tony Chachere’s or Slap Ya Mama. Look for salt-free seasoning if you are sensitive to salt.
  • Adjust the seasoning up or down to your desired heat level.
  • We serve the soup over rice. You can use any cooked rice that you enjoy – white, brown, jasmine. You can omit the rice if you prefer.
  • Can I make Black Eyed Pea & Smoked Sausage Soup in the slow cooker? Yes! Brown the sausage and dump the remaining ingredients into the crockpot and cook until warm.

Steph

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  1. This was excellent. It was perfect for a snowy New Year’s Day. I used 3 cups of chicken broth and cut the Cajun seasoning down to 1 heaping teaspoon of Cajun seasoning since we don’t like things real spicy. I didn’t add rice. It was perfect! Will definitely make more often.

  2. Thanks for the inspiration, Stephanie! Made this for New Years Day yesterday. Unfortunately it also meant discovering that we don't like "Cajun style" seasoning. Oops!

    Takeaway: Make a small batch if you aren't sure your family enjoys hot & spicy Cajun flavors.

    1. I always like to cook the sausage so it gets a little color on it, but you could just drop it in the slow cooker and it will be fine.

  3. Made this yesterday for New Year's dinner & it was fantastic! Our grocery store didn't have the Cajun broth, so I just used beef broth. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks, Stephanie! 🙂

  4. Fantastic! I used what I had- free-range organic chicken broth, mild RoTel, and Aidell's chicken and apple sausage. It was delicious, and it was a huge hit with my family and guests today for New Year's. We will definitely make this again. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. This recipes looks delicious and easy. I live in south Louisiana and buy Swanson's broth, but I've never heard seen or heard of their Louisiana Cajun version. I wonder if I could just add some Tony Chachere's seasoning to make it Cajun.

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