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What Is Red Peas Soup?
This is my vegan and gluten-free version of Jamaican red peas soup. Red peas soup is traditionally cooked with salt beef, salted pig’s tail, or chicken feet. Like my Jamaican Stew Peas, this red pea soup has lots of flavors that you won’t even miss the meat.
To boost the flavor, I added 2 vegetable bouillon cubes, you can substitute with your favorite bouillon cube or chicken-style seasoning or leave it out and just flavor with salt.
Traditionally we add a Scotch bonnet pepper, this pepper can be found in West Indian supermarkets or you can substitute with cayenne pepper.
How To Make Red Peas Soup?
- Sort beans and soak beans in a large pot or bowl of cold water overnight or for 8 hours. The following morning discard water and rinse beans.
- Add 10 cups of water and bring to boil on medium-high in a large pot, reduce heat to simmer, and cook beans until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Add chopped onion, garlic, green onions, thyme, carrots, potatoes, yam, dumplings, coconut milk, allspice, vegetable bouillon, and Scotch bonnet pepper.
- Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender about 30 minutes.
- Discard Scotch bonnet pepper before serving.
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How To Make Red Peas Soup Thick?
To make your soup thick, you can either cook the soup for longer until it thickens, You can also remove a cup of soup with beans and potato, using a handheld to process until thick, stir into the remaining soup and stir.
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- Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Course: Soup
- Cuisine: Jamaican
- Season: Christmas
- Energy: 257 kcal / 1074 kJ
- Fat: 8 g
- Protein: 12 g
- Carbs: 37 g
- Preparation: 20 min
- Cooking: 1 h 30 min
- Ready in: 1 h 50 min
- For: 8 Servings
For The Soup
- 2 cups dried red kidney beans
- 10 cups water
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 3 sprigs of thyme
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup yam, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 6 pimento berries
- 2 cubes vegetable bouillons
- 1 whole Scotch Bonnet
- salt, to taste
- 1 batch of Dumplings, optional recipe below
- 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour, (I used Krusteaz brand)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For The Soup
- Sort and wash beans, soak in cold water overnight in a large pot or bowl for at least 8 hours.
- The following day, discard water and rinse beans, place them in a large saucepan with 10 cups of water and bring to boil, lower heat to simmer until tender for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Add chopped onion, garlic, green onions, thyme, carrots, potatoes, yam, dumplings, coconut milk, allspice or pimento berries, vegetable bouillon, and Scotch bonnet pepper.
- Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender about 30 minutes. Discard Scotch bonnet pepper before serving.
For The Dumplings
- Place flour and salt in a bowl. Add water and mix to make a stiff dough. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into the palm of hands to make long thin dumplings. Drop into simmering stew.
This was easy and delicious! So flavourful!!
I’m so happy you enjoyed it Marion, thank you for sharing your feedback with us.
Would love a bowl ofthis soup now
Just followed the recipe and added stew beef. I’m obsessed…added a touch of baking powder to the dumplings and I’m basically eating my dads red pea soup!!!
Kimberly, I’m so happy you love it and it reminds you of your dad. Thank you for sharing your feedback.
Absolutely delicious! Thankyou so much Ms. Michelle for this amazing recipe-a few things I had not been doing, that you have helped me with in this recipe- I am so glad I found your site! Plenty of great recipes!!!
Tama I’m so happy you found my site, I’m happy you are are enjoying my recipes.
Just found ur recipe of the red pea soup, it’s a must try
I even signed up to fall ur recipes which I never do but this soup recipe look so healthy so I will definitely try this soup. Thank you 4 sharing
Yvonne, I’m so happy you found my site. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy.
This is some really good stuff’s
My favorite kind of soup.
Was feeling like a comfort dish. Followed your recipe to a T, and changed out the flour for a whole wheat one and added 1 smoked pork neck bone 👌🏾💕 thank you dahling!
Sharon, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback.
Hi Michelle, I also add Pumpkin, green banana too. I love dumplings too 😀😀I love red pea soup. Love your recipe!
Elaine, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, I love your adjustments. Thank you for sharing your feedback.
If using can beans, how much to use? I want to make later but forgot to soak my beans.
Looks so delicious. My husband says the same thing – cannot have soup without dumplings.
AnnMar, you will need 4 cans of kidney beans. Yep, sounds like your hubby is Jamaican. I hope you and your hubby enjoy the soup.
Thank you. The soup was sooooo good. I followed the recipe exactly as written, but pureed some of the beans. Hubby, yes he is Jamaican, made the dumplings. Everyone loved it. As it was cooking I was thinking this is a big pot of soup, will last a couple of days. Not an issue, packed away enough for one serving, for myself, tomorrow :) Kids asked me to make sure I save the recipe. Sure did!
AnnMar, thank you for your feedback, I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed it. Hehe, I thought so!