Black-Eyed Pea & Hambone Soup

"This one is a favorite in our house. It is low cost, healthy with the vegies & peas & puts a lowly hambone (preferably with some good gristly bits & meat clinging to it) to great use. Don't fear the grisstly connective tissue - it cooks down & gives wonderful body to the soup/stew. Seriously. Giving the hambone a nice browning in the pot is key to getting a rich flavorful brown soup. Serve with a good crispy cornbread for a wonderful meal. Even better when made a day ahead of time - doubles well."
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Ready In:
1hr 55mins


  • 1 ham bone (smoked ham with some meat, gristle & skin if possible, like the smoked ham's bone & the shank end)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • water, to cover ham bone
  • 1 onion, large yellow, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 32 ounces frozen black-eyed peas (peas & snaps if you can get them)
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 4 cayenne bell peppers, coarsely chopped (your choice on hot peppers)
  • salt, to taste
  • white pepper, to taste


  • Place ham bone in soup pot large enough to allow bone to be fully covered by water. Add olive oil & brown ham bone until dark brown on one side. Add onions & saute until translucent & just beginning to brown. Add water to cover ham bone by 1/2 inch, cover pot & bring to boil then simmer 45 minutes.
  • Pour black-eyed peas into pot with ham bone & onions. Add green & cayenne peppers. Leave lid off & bring to boil then reduce to simmer for 60 minutes.
  • Remove ham bone & any other chunks of ham. Trim bone of meat & chop fine. Add back to pot (along with skin if you like the texture). Season to taste with salt & white pepper. Black pepper will do just fine if you do not have white pepper on hand.

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  1. YUMMY! helped me to make my first ham bone soup.. and i cant believe i actually did it THANKS :)


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