Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup

A quick and easy recipe for Black Eyed Pea Soup made in the Instant Pot with collard greens and sausage. The secret is in using dried beans for a better flavor.

Good Luck Soup

Black eyed peas (not the band) are a symbol of good fortune and prosperity in the south.  Additionally, the collard greens symbolize money. Many people serve this recipe on New Year’s Day as a way to ensure a prosperous new year.

White Bowl of Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup on a white and green napkin

The thing that makes this particular recipe special is in using dried beans instead of canned. Dried beans always taste better to me and their texture holds up. Too, they’re cheaper!

The Instant Pot is perfect for cooking beans quickly so you don’t have to go through the hassle of soaking them overnight. I’m never good at planning that far ahead.

Gluten Free Soup!

This recipe also happens to be gluten free.  Of course, if you are preparing this for someone with a gluten allergy, be sure to confirm the sausage and bouillon that you purchase don’t have gluten in them.  Better than Bouillion’s Chicken variety is clear as is Aidell’s Andouille Sausage.

Prep Your Collard Greens

You’ll want to remove the bitter spines out of the leaves of the collard greens before adding them to the pot.  You can cut them out with a knife, or do like me and just pull the leaves away from the spine.  Either way, the spines are a bit too tough to eat and are especially bitter.

Large collard greens on a white background

torn collard greens with the spines removed

Don’t Have an Instant Pot? Slow Cook It!

My favorite part about this soup is that it builds complex flavors without having to simmer on a stove top all day.  Of course, if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you could do this in a slow cooker.  Just set it on low for 8 hours or high for 5 to 6.  You want the peas to get soft, but not mushy.  I like my beans with some texture.

Black Eyed Pea Soup in a white bowl on a bed of collard greens

The addition of the hot sauce is also completely optional.  I am a spice fan, so I usually double what’s reflected in the recipe below.  But, if you’re sensitive to heat, you can omit it all together.

I hope you have a wonderful new year and enjoy getting cozy with these Black Eyed Peas.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

Instant Pot Chile Pork Stew

*Original recipe by Joanie Simon (

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Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup on Collards

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Pea Soup

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


An easy recipe for Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup that comes together in under an hour with collard greens, andouille sausage and fresh veggies.


  • 16 ounces black eyed peas, dried
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Chicken
  • 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbs hot sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 7 cups water
  • 12 ounces chopped Andouille sausage
  • 3 cups chopped collard greens


  1. Put dried black-eyed peas in a container and cover in water, 1 inch higher than the beans and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, drain the beans, rinse and place in the pot of an electric pressure cooker. Add in chopped onion, chopped carrots, bouillon, caraway, garlic salt, lemon pepper seasoning, hot sauce, paprika, balsamic vinegar and water. Set pressure cooker at 6 minutes on high and allow to cook.
  3. Once the 6 minutes is up on the cooker, release the pressure and add in the sausage and collard greens. Cover the pot again and pressure cook for 2 minutes on high.
  4. Once cooking is completed, keep on warm until ready to serve. Add more salt to taste.
  5. Serve with chopped scallions.


*Feel free to sub another type of sausage depending on what’s available to you and your personal tastes.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: black eyed pea soup, beans, sausage, new years, collard greens, gluten free, instant pot


    • Reply Laura P.

      December 28, 2015, 4:14 am

      That looks delicious! I pinned it to my pressure cooking MEGA BOARD on pinterest. Looking forward to more recipes and videos from you!



    • Reply Shari

      December 31, 2015, 5:06 pm

      Can this recipe be made in a crock pot?

      • Reply Joanie Simon

        December 31, 2015, 6:56 pm

        Definitely! I would recommend just subbing the word “hours” for “minutes” if you use a crock pot instead of a pressure cooker. So, add everything except the andouille and collards into the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours. Then, at 6 hours, add in the andouille and collards and let it continue on low for another 1 to 2 hours until the beans are soft. Great question! If you make it, let me know how you like it 🙂

        • Reply SHARI

          January 1, 2016, 8:26 pm

          Joanie, Thank you for your response. The soup is DELICIOUS. It ended up being in the crockpot on low for about 8 hours and my Black eyed peas never really softened? I soaked them in water the night before. Wonder if next time I should try simmering them for awhile before putting them in the crock pot. The flavor of the soup is fantastic. I will make it again.
          Thank you.

          • Reply Joanie Simon

            January 11, 2016, 5:44 pm

            So sorry they didn’t soften! 8 hours should have done the trick, but definitely soaking them and then simmering a bit next time would definitely guarantee they’d soften. Glad it tasted good!

    • Reply Heather

      January 1, 2017, 12:56 pm

      We made this today after seeing your segment on 3TV last week. It’s delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Reply Mya

      March 17, 2019, 4:38 pm

      This soup was so delicious. We used Swiss chard instead of collards and also used ham bones instead of sausage. Thank you for the great soup!

    • Reply Dsve

      January 2, 2020, 7:14 am

      Delicious soup! FYI, you forgot to add lemon pepper seasoning in the ingredients list.

    • Reply Quick Draw

      October 17, 2023, 2:34 am

      That’s a great recipe. I will apply accordingly

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