Black-Eyed Peas With Mustard Greens and Rice

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Adapted from: "Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen". "A homey Sunday-night sort of soup that makes no pretensions to being hoppin' John or any other southern dish but simply a bowl of delicious nourishment. I've found that frozen black-eyed peas take as long to cook as dried ones that have been soaked--a good hour and a half. Brown butter mixed with roasted sesame oil has a vaguely meaty flavor, which isn't detectable as either butter or sesame." "Smoked Spanish paprika stands in for the smoky flavor of bacon or ham."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt the butter in a wide soup pot over medium heat and let it brown for several minutes until it smells nutty.
  2. Add the sesame oil, then the onions, bay leaves, celery, garlic, thyme, chile flakes, smoked paprika, cumin and celery leaves.
  3. Cook stirring occasionally, until the onions have browned, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the beans (drain them first if you used soaked dried), 2 quarts water, and 1 tsp salt.
  5. Simmer, covered, until the beans are tender. Taste for salt and season with pepper.
  6. Cut the mustard greens off their stems and wash them. Simmer in salted water to cover until tender, a few minutes, then transfer to a strainer, rinse with cool water, and chop. Stir them into the beans.
  7. Taste once more for salt and season with plenty of pepper.
  8. Add a few spoonfuls of rice to each bowl and serve with Tabasco, Crystal, or other favorite hot sauce on the side.


Most Helpful

Changed a few things for personal preference's sake. I used vegetable broth instead of just plain water to give it a little more flavor, and cut back to just one onion. I also used olive oil instead of sesame because it was what I had on hand, and canned peas, and turnip greens instead of mustard greens. Hearty, delicious on white rice. Will definitely make again.

Karen1808 March 18, 2012

We really loved this! I was really surprised by the complexity (and meatiness) of the flavor, and never would have thought that smoked paprika, butter, and sesame oil would have produced that result. I used pinto beans (all I had on-hand) instead of black-eyed peas, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. I will definitely make this again, once our farmer's market starts back up and I can get some mustard greens. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

Aunt Cookie December 29, 2010

This was very good! I used a can of black eyed peas rather than frozen, added 3 strips of diced bacon (put them in with the onions), and 2 cups of chicken broth instead of water. I mixed it in with the brown rice to make it more of a one-dish meal than a soup. It was delicious and I'm sure I'll make it the next time I have mustard greens!

rsnelling42 April 08, 2010

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