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Hoppin' John Soup

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Ingredients

  • 4 strips uncooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (15 ounce cans black-eye peas, undrained
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups cooked long-grain rice (3/4 cup uncooked rice)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon, onion and garlic in large saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add peas with liquid, broth, 1/2 cup water, hot sauce, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  3. Combine rice and parsley in medium bowl.
  4. Spoon rice evenly into 6 serving bowls. Ladle soup over rice.

Makes 6 servings.