Recipe courtesy of Huda Mu'min

Signature Soulful Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Everyone who celebrates Kwanzaa knows that there’s no such thing as a standard holiday menu: Since the celebration of African American culture was established 55 years ago, Black families and communities around the country have developed all sorts of unique traditions and dishes. For Washington, DC, chef and Cutthroat Kitchen winner Huda Mu’min, the holiday meal often involves shrimp and grits and a salmon dish, but whatever she plans, this hearty soup is a must-have. It’s a family favorite that’s full of ingredients with roots in Black culture, including collard greens and black-eyed peas. “This dish is the essence of what Kwanzaa stands for,” Huda says. “It’s like a hug in a bowl!”



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas, collards, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, Cajun seasoning and cumin and stir. Cook, stirring, until the collards begin to wilt, about 4 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium high, then add the chicken broth and stir. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.