New Year’s Day Soup with Black-Eyed Peas

Tradition says that on New Year’s Day, eating black-eyed peas brings luck and greens brings money. You’ll feel pretty rich and lucky eating this soup any day. For more festive recipes, see our Holiday Menu Builder.

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,

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  • 2 leeks, trimmed, halved, and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ 32-oz. containers low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups chopped stemmed collard greens
  • 2 15-oz. cans no-salt-added black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • In a large pot cook leeks, celery, carrots, and garlic over medium 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add the next seven ingredients (through crushed red pepper, if using). Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are very tender.
  • Season to taste with red wine vinegar. Sprinkle with parsley.

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(5 from 26 votes)

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Delicious on a cold gray New Year's Day! I didn't have a zucchini but added corn and mushrooms and used kale instead of collards. Thank you for the recipe and the readers for their comments and suggestions.

Francesca Campbell

Brilliant Tasty Recipe Thank You went down well with my family.


Just made this for lunch and we left loved it! Thank you!

Ronette Youmans

For some reason, I can no longer print the recipe :( My email is not accepted.


Love the help with meal planning your récipies have


This delicious soup just tastes like health! I feel so nourished when i eat it. It's a staple in our house. I've subbed kale for the collards and various beans for the black-eyed peas if I don't have them. Also, used 2-3 regular onions instead of leeks. It's always awesome!

Ana Ormonde

Thank you for sharing this recipe first time making it, and now it’s one of our favorites


Our New Year’s Day tradition for the past several years—absolutely delicious! After holiday excesses, this is exactly what I crave.

Trisha Monteleon

I didn’t grow up eating black-eyed peas or collard greens so I didn’t have any specific expectations for this soup. It was delicious! Definitely going into my soup rotation. I added a little bit of leftover shredded cabbage but no other modifications.


Yummm!!! Now the good luck is sure to come


Carnivore husband loved this. I only added mushrooms cause I love them with black-eyed peas. And I took a suggestion from another commenter to add Better Than Bouillon,. Good ideas and the soup is full of good tastes.


Outstanding and so easy to make! The whole family loved it! .. The only thing I changed is I replaced collard greens with fresh spinach added at the end as husband doesn’t like collard greens. But other than that, I made no changes. Used Organic Better Than Bouillon to make the broth and I find that using that instead of boxed broth results in more flavorful soups. I also use less than the one teaspoon per cup as it is so flavorful. Enjoy.


Loved the suggestion to use Better Than Bouillon. Thanks for that. I addedushrroms cause I love mushrooms with black-eyed peas

Emily Grace

Annual tradition! We serve ours over Forbidden rice (decadent black rice) and it's amazing.


Bland. Added some yellow curry paste. Not a repeat. Definitely needs a side of cornbread.

William Brittelle

Haven’t cooked yet, but can’t wait to try!! This looks like it could be the bomb!!


I'm confused by broth amount. It is 32 ounces or 32ounces plus another half (16 ounces) for a total of 48 ounces of 6 cups. Thanks!

Michelle Costa

Made this yesterday! My husband snd I loved it!!!

Lynda Miller

This will definitely be our new New Year's Day celebration soup.


We have made this recipe for three years now, so it’s become part of our New Year’s Day tradition. It is nourishing and delicious.


I was looking for recipes for New Year’s Day leftovers and found this. I didn’t have enough black eyed peas to make recipe as written so I used purple hull peas (brought fresh at farmer stand and frozen). I increased each vegetable 1/2 cup and added some shallots. Served topped with cornbread croutons.


This was a great New Years Day recipe! Not only delicious, but the recipe was so easy to follow and quick to prepare. Highly recommend and will make this again even if it’s not New Year’s Day!


I subbed kale for the collards and it was delicious!

Barbara Thomas

Just made this. Added a couple of extra veggies (fresh corn off the cob and a handful of green beans). Taste-tested it with a little piece of cornbread and it’s delish!! Definitely will keep this one for future use!!

Susan Forgue

Looks great


Yum! Substituted spinach for the collard greens. Do you add the red wine vinegar and parsley to individual bowls or the pot itself?


So good my family loved it! I also had a nice side salad with this. I was worried it wouldn’t taste good but making this a yearly tradition now! The splash of vinegar at the end really brings it together.


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Catherine Kohl

I don’t have red wine

Mary Brohard

If you don't have red wine vinegar, what is a substitute?


I have used apple cider vinegar as a substitute. It may not taste exactly the same, but should have an acid/fruit flavor.

Rossana LeBlanc

I see avocado in the photo but not in print.


I think that may be zucchini.


Awesome *((

Meg Griffith



Thank you. Your recipe is quite clear. I think perhaps you have some rude readers.


Is there a substitute for collard greens

Jen M

I think Kale works great.


I like spinach instead

Gwenda Bowman

Will make this


Copy and paste.


No print option?


Yes, printer icon is at the very top - where it tells you "prep time, number of servings, and either print or save recipe"


Bring to boiling before adding broth? "Next seven ingredients" = broth, collard, peas, zucchini, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper. Confusing.

Courtney Davison

Hi Kurt, I'm so sorry about the error. The instruction should have said to bring to boiling after adding those seven ingredients. I've updated the recipe accordingly. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Warmly, Courtney Davison Associate Editor for Forks Over Knives

Ginnie Lebosse

Made this last night for New Years Eve. Had to make a few substitutions such as different beans and way too many collards which needed extra broth. It turned out great. Because we could assemble the ingredients ahead of time we were able to enjoy our champagne with minimal interruptions. A keeper.

Rhonda Chamberlain

I just made this for the first time. It smells delicious. My husband’s cardiologist suggested a plant based diet last week. I’ve jumped in with both feet! Luckily I love to cook and have some skill. I have been reading recipes from this site feverishly. Thank you.


This site is such a gift!

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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