Black-Eyed Pea Minestrone


1 cup dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight
1/3 cup onion, small dice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, small dice
1 stalk celery, small dice
1/3 cup red or green bell pepper, small dice
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, minced

2 teaspoons tamari
1/3 cup jarred crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon spice blend (Your choice. I used thyme, ancho chili, oregano, basil, cumin, coriander, a pinch of turmeric, and some others.)
Salt to taste


Rinse peas and add them to a heavy pot with all vegetables except tomatoes. (I used my new 3 quart dutch oven.) Add enough water to fill pot about an inch from the top, about 6 to 8 cups. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 1 hour with lid slightly ajar.

After an hour, add fresh tomatoes (adding these too soon lengthens cooking time for peas)  and more water to bring it back to an inch from the top. Simmer for another 1 to 1.5 hours.

Add tamari, crushed tomatoes, and spices. Let simmer for another 20 minutes. Salt to taste.

For the soup shown, I tossed a handful of frozen spinach into a pot with just enough water to cover, boiled for 3 minutes, added prepared minestrone, returned to boil. Frozen kale, frozen corn, fresh cauliflower, or other frozen or fresh vegetables work well here.

4 thoughts on “Black-Eyed Pea Minestrone

  1. Marj

    You and your new pot have produced a beautiful minestrone. Wish I could grab it out of the pic and have some for lunch–it’s just the way I like it, thick and full of good things. Thanks for the recipe!


  2. Bix Post author

    I don’t usually cook with black-eyed peas but I wanted a change. Can’t say they appealed to me while cooking, but when they came together in a soup? It worked. They’re a keeper now.


  3. Bix Post author

    Thank you Melinda and Marj.

    I had some thoughts about this, about cooking … I am very lucky I like to cook, have the opportunity to cook, and that I don’t mind spending so much of my non-structured time in the kitchen. Otherwise, I don’t know, I think I’d buy even more frozen food than I already do. We’ve even moved my computer to right next to the kitchen so … things don’t boil over as much 🙂

    I think everyone has a talent or inclination, even if they don’t get a chance to pursue it in life. There are people who love music and play an instrument or sing, thank god for them! There are people who have an eye for shape and color and design, people who like to build things, who program, who garden and grow food. So many people with so many inclinations, I’m glad we’re all different that way.



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