Cuchuco de Trigo (Wheat and Pork Colombian Soup)

by Erica Dinho on February 7, 2011

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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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 5 Star Foodie February 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Looks like a warming and flavorful soup, would love to try it!


2 Faith February 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

This looks wonderrful, Erica! Very flavorful and healthy!


3 rebecca subbiah February 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

always enjoy your soups :-)


4 Ivy February 7, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Never made a soup with pork before but it sounds delicious.


5 Sharon @ Fun and Life February 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Looks delicious! I love that wedge of lime. I think it always adds such a kick to soup. Not all types of soups of course. But this looks YUM!


6 Tracey@TangledNoodle February 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

I love soup, and not just during cold seasons! This looks so hearty and healthy, a perfect meal in a bowl. 8-)


7 Sue February 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

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


8 Erica February 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Sue- soak the wheat for about 1 hour…. you can use about 2 cups of water!


9 A Canadian Foodie February 9, 2011 at 7:51 PM

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!


10 A Canadian Foodie February 9, 2011 at 7:52 PM

PS – thanks for letting me know it was a traditional dish!


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