Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious soup. There's no need for loads of ham or salt pork--just a small amount of bacon gives it a wonderful smoky flavor. You can skip the bacon and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth for a great vegetarian dish.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

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total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add sliced garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Increase heat to high and add broth, tomatoes and their juice. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in collard greens (or kale), reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig. Stir in black-eyed peas; remove from the heat and cover.

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  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

  • Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and broil until lightly toasted, 2 to 4 minutes. Rub each bread slice with the remaining garlic clove. (Discard garlic.) Turn the slices over and top with cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 3 minutes. Serve the soup topped with the cheese toasts and bacon.

Tips

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; protein 10.3g 21% DV; carbohydrates 23.4g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.4g 22% DV; sugars 4.5g; fat 5.3g 8% DV; saturated fat 1.7g 9% DV; cholesterol 7.4mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 3791.2IU 76% DV; vitamin c 25.1mg 42% DV; folate 74.2mcg 19% DV; calcium 159.9mg 16% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 30.5mg 11% DV; potassium 379.8mg 11% DV; sodium 762.4mg 31% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV.

Reviews (23)

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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
01/01/2015
Worst recipe ever This is no much more they collards soup. There no taste to anything else in the pot. Total waste of a ham bone Pros: Simple enough to make impossible to eat Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2014
I used swiss chard instead of collards and added the chopped-up stems to the pot with the onions celery and carrot. Delicious and beautiful colours. This will be our New Year's dish next year. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/06/2013
Not good enough Nobody in my family really liked it very much...ended up throwing away the leftovers...had to add more beans. Eh wasn't horrible but wasn't good either. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Not enough flavor or blackeyed peas Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this soup about 2 weeks ago and ate it everyday last week for lunch. I loved it and its healthy. I cook some smoked pork necks in the chicken broth till the little bit of meat falls off the bones and put some of it back in the soup before I add the other ingredients. It has a great smokey flavor with very little fat. I'm making batch number 2 right now and am using fresh black eyed pea. Cheryl Richmond Hill NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Also a first time collard green and black eyed pea maker!;) My husband and I loved this recipe but our 6 year old daughter wouldn't even try it as she said it looked weird. Accidentally forgot to add the bacon we had cooked but it was yummy w/out it! My husband thought the swiss cheese toasty bread would be weird but it was actually very good too! Definately will cook this again! Shay Ovieod FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was wonderful. I doubled the recipe and it was gone in two days! My husband and kids loved the collard greens which are so good for you. Kim Perlman Ann Arbor MI Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a surprising hit at our house. My husband discovered that he likes collard greens and doesn't mind garlic. He continues to ask for this soup now that it's all eaten up. Will make again soon. Tina Bellingham WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
What an excellent new take on our traditional collards and black-eyed peas. We used some beautiful freshly baked bread for the croutons along with Neuske's apple-smoked bacon - an outstanding meal and so were the leftovers! Merry Saluda NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was quick and easy to make. A great way to get some good vegetables and warm you up on a cold night. Although it would have enhanced the flavor we opted to leave out the bacon. Definitely a repeater! Sharon AR Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Black eyed peas are good luck on new year's. I've been trying for years to find a recipe I like and I think we've finally got it. ADS Washington DC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The soup was so tasty! I never eat collards but got in a experimental mood and it paid off. Thanks!!! Karie Lk. Alfred FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yum! I added in some beet greens with the collards since they were on hand omitted the bacon to make it vegetarian and used garbanzo and navy beans instead of black eyed peas (what I had on hand). I also added a splash of balsamic which gave the flavor some more depth. This soup made my evening! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was awesome!! I also forgot to add the bacon but did try it as the recipe called for and then added some basalmic vinegar and found it was even better!! This is definetly a keeper!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this soup again this year and the guest at my house sampled it until it was gone. I had to remake this soup 3 times because everybody wanted more and/or a second helping. Several guest wanted the recipe but I refused! I told them "ancient chinese secret!" Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this soup two years in a row and love it. Everyone I have served it to has liked it: kids men and women. I gave my dad a tablespoon sampling telling him he needed good luck for the year and he skeptically ate it and then when back for more. Definitely a good healthy recipe for getting your new years luck and prosperity going. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this in the slow cooker. I thought it turnde out pretty good although my husband thought it was just alright. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made and served this for a New Year's Day soup lunch... It is excellent and was a great hit. I didn't do the bread/cheese on top (time issue) but will try it next time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So what would be the actual serving size?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I love love this soup. I've made it twice without the bread and didn't miss it. The second time I added chopped boiled chicken tenders and more pepper flakes. OMGosh.. Forgot the bacon and added another cup of Collards. Yummy...It will definitely be one of our regular's. Nita H Atlanta Ga Pros: Cons: Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We loved this soup but I would highly recommend taking Beano before eating it. The leafy greens and legumes can do a number on your digestive system! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very comforting soup. I love this easy-to-make soup. I didn't use the bread/cheese/bacon topping and didn't miss it although I think it would taste good. This is one of the easiest soups I have ever made. Pros: Delicious as is but easy to improvise with other ingredients. Cons: None. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Simple Nutritious & Delicious I made this soup tonight & loved it. It was easy to prepare & looked beautiful too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious combination of flavors I get collard greens in an organic basket of fruits and veggies every week and I never know what to do with them. This is the best recipe I have found. Thank you! Read More