My son who doesn’t like greens much loves this soup.
1 teaspoon oil
14 to 16 ounces smoked sausage
¼ cup chopped green pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 (14.5 0z) cans chicken broth or about 6 cups if using homemade
1 (15 oz) can black eyed peas
8 ounces frozen collard greens
½ teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
Chop the smoked sausage into bite sized pieces. Heat oil in bottom of soup pot over medium heat. Add sausage, green peppers, and garlic. Cook until green pepper is soft and sausage starts to brown.
Add chicken broth, black eyed peas, collard greens, paprika, and onion powder. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes (or until collard greens are well cooked).
If using a sausage that has a higher fat content the oil may be unnecessary. You could use chopped onion added with the peppers instead of onion powder. If you like more heat add hot sauce or a stronger pepper (like cayenne or chipotle).
I made collard green soup the first time using a recipe off a card given away free at Wal-mart. When I lost the recipe card I made it using what I could remember from the card and a few changes from various recipes I found online. I’ve changed amounts and ingredients slightly each time I made it until I came up with a recipe that works for us.