Potato and Black-Eyed Pea Soup
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black-eyed peas (dry)
*Use low-salt chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth (made mine by boiling down a Thanksgiving turkey frame).
**If you can't get andouille, use good Polish sausage. Collard greens should be washed, de-stemmed, and torn or cut to pieces before weighing, or you can use 1/2 of a 16-ounce bag of frozen greens.
***I like Yukon Gold potatoes. 1 1/2 pounds is 5 small to 3 large potatoes.
****1 1/2 cups dry beans = 3-4 cups cooked, or about 2 cans, rinsed and drained.
If you are using dry beans, soak them first, either overnight or using the quick-soak method.
Cut the sausage into bits--I quarter lengthwise and then cut into 1/4-inch slices--brown, and drain well.
Soften onions in a little bit of the sausage drippings.
Add broth. Add soaked beans and cook for an hour.
Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes and add to pot. I don't peel potatoes, but you can if you prefer.
Cook until potatoes are soft. When they are soft, mash them against the sides of the pot with a wooden spoon and stir them into the broth to thicken it.
Add collards and cook a little longer, until they have wilted.
Season to taste. I use salt, pepper, and maybe some cayenne.