Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup, ladle of soup over Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup

Easy black eyed pea soup in the Instant Pot, with collard greens, ham, andouille sausage and Cajun seasoning.  No need to presoak the peas.  A good luck New Year's Day meal and perfect all soup season long.
Course Instant Pot Soup
Cuisine American/Southern
Keyword black eyed pea soup, Instant Pot, New Year's lucky soup, black eyed peas and collard greens
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Bring to pressure/natural release 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 332kcal
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 links andouille sausage (about ½ pound), sliced into rounds
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • ¼ green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (to taste, and I use a no salt blend)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound black eyed peas, picked over and rinsed
  • 3 ham shanks (about 1 pound)
  • 1 small ham hock, optional
  • 1 large bunch collard greens, about 1 pound, washed, stems removed and chopped
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil on saute setting until hot.  Add sausage and brown for a few minutes, remove to plate.  Add celery, carrots, onion and green pepper, cook and stir a few minutes until starting to soften.  Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds until fragrant.  Turn off saute feature.  Add bay leaf and Cajun seasoning and stir to combine.
  • Add black eyed peas to the pot along with the reserved sausage and ham shanks (and small ham hock, if using).  Add water, careful not to go over the maximum fill line.  Gently stir to combine.  Place chopped collard greens on top, pushing down to submerge.
  • Seal and cook under high pressure for 20 minutes.  When finished, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes or so.  Open and remove ham shanks.  Shred meat and return to pot.  (If you used a ham hock, remove and discard.)  Taste for salt and pepper.  Ladle into bowls and serve with hot sauce and cornbread, just my suggestion.  Enjoy and may this soup bring you much good luck!

Notes

I also added a small ham hock, for flavor, not any meat, that's from the ham shanks.  It is totally optional, if you have one handy, toss it in.  If not, no worries!

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal