Black Eyed Peas and Turnip Greens

Black eyed peas and turnip greens are my go to comfort foods. A bowl, a spoon, a dash of hot sauce and I'm home. That's what comfort food offers isn't it, a glimpse of home. 

Even though I totally believe comfort food is best when it is cooked and served by someone you love and who loves you back. I also believe we should each learn to cook our favorite comfort foods.

Why? Glad you asked, two reasons. First, that is how recipes and traditions are passed on. Cooking what you love and sharing it is a way for you to share your love in it's purest form.

And second, learning to cook your favorite comfort foods is a way to self soothe. It is a simple way to comfort yourself.  If for some reason you find yourself far from home or separated from those you love you have the ability to evoke the memories of home and tradition by cooking a meal. The smells and sounds of food cooking brings me so much joy. It brings an instant smile to my face.

If you would like to read a few more of my thoughts on soul food click here.

Enjoy! Let me know if you make this and if you changed up anything. I will say this is the first time I've cooked the turnip greens with the black eyed peas. It doesn't disappoint.

Be you, Be beautiful, Be imperfect


Course Main Course
Cuisine Soul
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 4 slices Bacon
  • 1 lb smoked sausage sliced
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper Optional
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 6 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 lb bag Black Eyed Peas Soak peas overnight
  • 1 bunch Turnip Greens washed and prepped


  1. Begin cooking the bacon in a stock pot over medium high heat. Once there is a little fat in the pan add the chopped onions.

    bacon, onion sausage and garlic in a stock pot
  2. When the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes add the chopped sausage and garlic. Stir to combine. Add the spices and S & P.

  3. Add your peas and pour in the chicken stock and bring the whole thing to a boil.

    onion, sausage, garlic, black eyed peas, spices and chicken stock boiling
  4. After a good boil is going add your chopped turnip greens.

    Black eyed peas and turnip greens
  5. Cook 2 hours.

  6. You can serve over a slice of cornbread or make some jasmine rice.

    Add a dash of hot sauce if you are daring and dig in.

    hot bowl of black eyed peas and turnip greens


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