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Pigeon Pea Soup


  • 4 ounce lean salt pork dice
  • 1 cup chopped spanish onions
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 large tomato, peeled chopped
  • 1 to 2 Leaves of cilantro
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp crumble died oregano
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 6 to 10 green spanish coctail olives
  • 1 teaspoon of capers
  • 1 med green pepper finely chopped
  • 4 ounces lean cooked ham cut into dice cubes
  • 1 pound of calabaza (pumpkin) cut into cubes
  • 1 quarts chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste


Fry the salted pork in skilletover moderate heat until crisp. Add the onion and garlic, cook until soft and transparent, pour all into a 4-quarts cassarole. Add 1 quarts of chinken stock.* (optional add 1 cup of rice at this time if desired.) Add the chopped tomatoes, green peppers and ham, cook about 5 minutes. Add the pumpkin cubes, olives, caper,bay leaf, oregano, saffron, cilantro, capers and green pigeon peas ("gandules"), bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer, cover tightly and let simmer for 20 minutes.Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe sent by: Cristino Alicea from Florida

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