This soup is thick (Rachael Ray calls this heartier-than-your-average-soup a "stoup.") If gumbo had a funky, eclectic cousin, his name would be Hoppin' John Soup. I love how many winter veggies are packed into this recipe. It's made from whole foods, is gluten free, and paleo/primal friendly (without the rice). If you aren't using rice, make sure to adjust the amount of Frank's hot sauce you use. The rice absorbs a lot of the heat!
This recipe serves four (so we end up doubling it). Here's what you'll need:
3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1.5 cups rice
1 quart plus 3 cups chicken broth, divided
1 package (4 links) andouille sausage, casings removed and diced (You really do need a dry sausage)
5 ribs celery, chopped (I also include the heart of the celery and leaves)
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 fresh bay leaf
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
Hot sauce to taste (we use Franks original - but go with the mild version and use about 1/4 cup)
1 pound frozen black-eyed peas
1 28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
For the instructions, head over to Rachael Ray's site.