Jamaican Red Peas Soup

A Quick and Easy Recipe

Traditional Red Peas Soup can be time consuming to make, but if you want a quick and easy recipe you won't find an easier one, and it tastes great. So if you don't want to spend lots of time in the kitchen, or if you are in a hurry, why not try this 

Don't be fooled by its simplicity ... it is delicious, and you can add any other ingredients you wish, such as coconut milk, to vary the flavor.


  • A few slices Bacon - chopped and stir-fried.
  • One or two stalks scallion - chopped.
  • One can of Red Peas (Kidney beans).
  • A sprig of fresh Thyme.
  • A few pieces of Scotch Bonnet pepper - de-seeded and de-veined.
  • 1 chicken, pork or beef stock cube - or a teaspoon of powdered or liquid stock of any sort.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of any sugar (I use dark brown or muscavado) - brings out the flavour.

How to Cook

  • Put the tin of red peas, the sprig of fresh thyme, the pieces of scotch bonnet, and the stock cube, into a saucepan.
  • Add enough water to cover them.
  • Blend till smooth with a stick blender, adding extra water if necessary to give a thick soup consistency.
  • Add the stir fried chopped bacon and scallion.
  • Stir and taste.
  • It is very doubtful if you will need to add black pepper or salt, but if you do add them according to your taste.
  • Bring all ingredients just to a simmer in a saucepan.

Caution: If heating this Red Peas Soup in a microwave PLEASE stir several times while heating, because the build up of heat in any liquid in a microwave can cause the contents to explode in your face when you remove the container from the microwave.

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