I hosted a soup party on New Years Day for some close family and friends. It’s an annual tradition that we missed last year due to some circumstances beyond my control. I was happy to reinstate the tradition. Unfortunately, everyone signed up to bring things other than soup, so the last minute, I figured out that we really didn’t have enough soup to go around. I scrounged up the best tasting soup from things in my closet with some inspiration from a few online recipe searches. Here is what we ended up with. It was warm, spicy and hearty. Perfect for a cool winter day or evening. Even my husband, the carnivore, loved this soup and asked for seconds. He even happily ate it the next day as leftovers. Success!
(Sorry the pic isn’t much better than this; I was in a hurry trying to hostess and barely had time to snap a few shots)
Cajun Black Eyed Pea Soup
Serves approx 16 (you can cut it in half or freeze half if you don’t want so much)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 2/3 cups brown rice
- 1 tsp cayanne pepper
- 1 tsp cajun seasoning (such as TexJoy – I had some on hand thanks to my friends from Texas… Just… shhhh… don’t tell anyone it has MSG in it. eep!)
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- 5 faux sausage patties or links (I used Morningstar Breakfast Patties)
- 4 cups cooked black eye peas (cook them yourself, fresh in the produce department – that’s what I did – , or use a low sodium canned version, rinsed and drained)
- In a large soup pot, melt the butter. Add onion and saute until tender (approx 5 mins)
- Add the broth and water to the pot and bring to boil. Once boiling, add rice and all seasonings. Bring back to a boil. Cover and let cook 10 mins.
- While the rice is cooking, prepare your faux sausage by defrosting in the microwave for approx 1 min. Cut into small cubes. If it’s not frozen, simply cut into small cubes and set aside.
- Add sausage and black eyed peas to the soup. Bring back to a boil on medium-high heat. Cover and turn down the heat to medium low. Let simmer for about 20 additional minutes.
- Taste and season more as desired.