Lucky 7s Soup

Cloud Strife at Gold Saucer“Want me to read your fortune!? A bright future! A happy future!”

—Cait Sith, FFVII

This hearty soup is traditionally reputed to bring luck in the new year.

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion or 2 small onions, peeled and diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 3 large carrots or 6 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 14-oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 lb. dried black-eyed peas
  • 16 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb. greens, cleaned and chopped (beet greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, or spinach are all good choices)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat butter and oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 10 minutes, covered. Stir frequently and reduce heat if the onions are browning too quickly. Add carrots and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Stir in curry powder and continue cooking for an additional minute. Add tomatoes and salt and bring to a boil. Stir in black-eyed peas. Add chicken broth and bay leaf and return to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until black-eyed peas are very tender, about 3 hours. Stir in greens, cover, and continue to simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove from heat, stir in vinegar and pepper, and serve.

Makes about 13 heaping 1-cup servings.  Per serving: 192 calories, 5.6 g. fat, 1.6 g. saturated fat, 0.5 g. poly. fat, 2 g. mono. fat, 4.9 mg. cholesterol, 1231.4 mg. sodium (this will be less if you use homemade chicken stock instead of storebought broth), 431.7 mg. potassium, 27.1 g. carbohydrates, 7.8 g. fiber, 9.8 g. protein, vitamin A 34%, vitamin C 20%, calcium 11%, iron 20%