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Ingredients
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teas crushed red pepper
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 16 oz bag dried black eyed peas, rinsed
  • 10 cups water, more if needed
  • 1 lb fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups cooked ham, cubed
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon over medium heat in a Dutch oven until crispy, drain on paper towels reserving fat in pan.
  2. Add onions and garlic to pan and saute until transparent in color; add the red pepper, vinegar, brown sugar and the 10 cups of water.
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in black eyed peas, cover and simmer for another hour or until peas start to soften adding more water if necessary.
  5. In batches, add spinach, letting each batch wilt before adding next batch.
  6. Recover and let simmer another 45 minutes or until peas are of desired consistency.
  7. Stir in ham and heat just until ham is heated through.
  8. Ladle into soup bowls and top with crumbled bacon pieces and more chopped onion if desired.
  9. Have some extra vinegar close by as husband added more to his!
Recipe by Cooking With Mama at http://cooking-with-mama.com/2016/01/26/black-eyed-pea-soup-with-ham-and-spinach/