Cuchuco de Trigo (Wheat and Pork Colombian Soup)

Cuchuco de Trigo

Today I want to share another traditional Colombian soup from the Boyacá y Cundinamarca regions of Colombia Cuchuco de Trigo. If you’ve been around here for a while you know that I love all kinds of tasty soups. And, if you love homemade soups like me, canned just doesn’t cut it. The good news is, soups are simple to make from scratch. Try it!

Buen provecho!



(4- 6 servings)

  • 2 pounds pork ribs or pork bones
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/2 cup soaked wheat
  • 1 cup fava beans
  • 2 yellow medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sazon goya with achiote
  • 1 beef bouillon tablet
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper

Cuchuco de trigo y Cerdo


  1. Place the onion, garlic, scallions, red bell pepper in the food processor.
  2. Place a pot over medium-high heat. Add the water, beef bouillon, wheat, fava beans and pork ribs, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onion mixture salt and pepper and let it simmer for 50 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes, cabbage, peas, carrots, Sazon Goya, ground cumin, and flour. Cover and cook for 25 minutes more or until the pork is cooked.
  4. Add the cilantro and serve.
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  1. Sue says

    You indicate soaked wheat, do you use the whole berry and how long to you soak it and in how much water? As an example: water to cover or twice the volume of water to wheat? Also in directions #1 you place ingredients in the food processor, do you make a paste or chop finely or coarsely? Are the fava beans dry or fresh/frozen?
    Thanks in advance, I really enjoy reading your blog and would love to ask you somequestions some time when I want to make something from the book a friend gave me. The book “Taste of Columbia” is a beautiful book but because I have never heard of some of the ingredients the phrase “cover with sufficiant water” or various other instructions, I haven’t a clue. Knowledge one might know or learn growing up in Colombia.
    Thanks again! Sue

  2. says

    Soups ARE simple to make from scratch and a favourite of mine, too. This one looks good enough to dive into! The lime must add that sparkle that makes this soup sing. I cannot wait to try it!

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