New Year’s Day Soup with Cheddar-Chive Beer Bread

by Gigi Ross on January 9, 2012

new year's day recipe

Today I’m sharing two recipes I make every New Year’s Day. One is an easy soup that you can get cooking in 15 minutes (cook time is about 90) and the other, a savory quick bread recipe that takes no yeast and about 5 minutes to pop into the oven. Just what you want when you’re a) hungover b) tired of the kids’ holiday break c) taking down Christmas decorations d) watching football or e) all of the above.


New Year's Day Soup

New Year’s Day Soup (recipe from Southern Living Magazine, 2003)


1 cup diced smoked lean ham
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, undrained
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Garnish: chopped fresh spinach


Saute first 5 ingredients over medium heat in a Dutch oven until vegetables are tender.

Stir in black-eyed peas and next 4 ingredients; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups spinach, parsley, and pepper. Garnish, if desired.

Cheddar-Chive Beer Bread (recipe from Southern Living Magazine, 2003)Cheddar Chive Beer Bread


3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer*
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted


Stir together first 5 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan.
Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Pour melted butter over top. Bake 10 more minutes.

*Non-alcoholic or light beer may be substituted.


Galit Breen January 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

Cozy and yummy – love!

JDaniel4's Mom January 9, 2012 at 6:52 am

This looks like a wonderful meal! I could eat a whole loaf of the bread.

becca January 9, 2012 at 7:24 am


Vinobaby January 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

Oh, yum! We always eat black eyed peas on New Year’s, but I’ve never tried a soup. Thanks for the recipe!

Jackie January 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love beer bread and have been using a mix from Paula Deen and haven’t been able to find it. This I will be pinning for future reference… and stumbling!

kludgymom January 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

It’s very savory but with a bit of sugar in there, it’s got a hint of sweetness too. Let me know when you try it!

Jack@TheJackB January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

That bread looks ridiculously good. Oh my, I have to try some of that. Look out treadmill.

Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} January 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Ooooh, I’m always looking for yummy homemade soup and bread recipes . . . this is one I’m going to try. I’ve never made beer bread, but how can it be bad with a) cheese b) chives and c) beer. :)

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