nutritional information

Per Serving :

  • Calories: 161
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Total Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 656 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 5 g

Southern New Year’s Day Soup

Southern New Year's Day Soup

Serves 8

Across the South, there are three foods that need to be eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year: greens, black-eyed peas, and stewed tomatoes. We’ve thrown them all in this savory soup along with some pasta and Parmesan. Any type of dark, leafy green will work in this recipe.
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large leek, quartered, white and light green parts chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 Tbs. poultry seasoning
  • 8 oz. kale, tough stems removed, leaves cut into 2-inch pieces (4 cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • ¾ cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 qt. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup farfalle pasta
  • Shaved Parmesan curls, for garnish

1. Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and poultry seasoning, and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until leaves are wilted, tossing occasionally.

2. Add diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with chiles, black-eyed peas, vegetable broth, and 7 cups water; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 40 to 45 minutes. Stir in pasta, and cook 7 to 10 minutes more, or until pasta is al dente and black-eyed peas are tender. Serve garnished with Parmesan curls.

January 2009

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oh, relax Bessie

Ana - 2014-12-31 21:06:51

Stewed tomatoes are not one of the three components required for generational traditions of the South. We have no idea where you could have found this info...definitely not the South. The three traditional requirements are black eyed peas, collard greens or turnip greens, and mashed potatoes. We usually add carrots (ginger/cinnamon or buttered lemon pepper) and always add cornbread.

Bessie - 2013-12-31 20:18:20


Mary Ann - 2013-12-30 01:04:27

parmesan isn't really vegetarian - animal rennet - but some substitutes aren't bad.

kerin - 2013-12-29 19:10:46

Maybe I'm missing something...but some of these measurements seem a bit off. How could one leek ever make 2 cups? And only 3/4 cup of pasta for 11 cups of liquid? Does this all work out in the end? I hope so because it's cooking on my stove right now!

Misty - 2013-12-08 02:59:50


Sally - 2013-11-10 20:00:13

I make this soup very often. sometimes I do add chorizo for family that eats meat. It is a wonderful hearty soup tat only gets better days later!

adrienne volpe - 2013-10-24 15:38:53

This is one of those good and good for you dishes I make regularly. I can almost do it without the recipe, but I am glad I found this on line since my Healing Foods magazine 2009 (which has several recipes I use regularly) disappeared.

Nevenka - 2013-06-15 20:57:05

Try this one

Dianna - 2012-12-30 00:15:36

I made this today for the first time, it is delicious! I added a small amount of no chicken chicken broth from the health food store. I think it would have been perfect without it. I am the only vegetarian in the house so I made half the recipe. I could eat this several times a week so I will be making the whole recipe from now on.

Rudie Hansbro - 2012-09-06 22:54:29

I made this soup yesterday and it was great. I through in some red pepper flakes for added spice and wow it was great. We had company today (3/21/2012) and it was a hit with them as well. So I passed on the recipe.

William H. Smith - 2012-03-21 15:09:38

This soup is wonderful! It has become a tradition in our house and I'm sure we will continue to make it every New Year's Day.

Karen A. - 2011-12-30 16:11:02

What a great New Years day recipe! It is for sure on my to do list and thank you so very much for sharing.

Adele Forbes - 2011-12-27 16:41:21

I adore this soup. It's one of hubby's faves. I serve it with cheddar/green chili corn bread muffins. YUM!

Lisa B - 2011-01-30 15:18:24