Plantain Soup (Sopa de Plátano)

by Erica Dinho on May 19, 2009

Sopa de Platano

I never tire of eating soups. Growing up I hated it them, but now they’re comfort food for me and remind me of my culture. Soups are a Colombian kitchen staple and each region has its own variations. This Sopa de Plátano verde is a simple, but delicious traditional Colombian soup.

Platanos Verdes



(4 Servings)

  • 3 large green plantains, peeled and sliced into small chunks
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup scallion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro for garnish

sopa de platano verde


  1. Place the onion, garlic, scallions and water in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
  2. Place the water mixture and beef bouillon in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the rest of the ingredients except the cilantro.
  3. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes or until the plantains are tender.
  4. Take half of the soup and transfer to a blender and purée. Add the purée soup back to the pot, stir and cook for 20 more minutes.
  5. Divide the soup in bowls and sprinkle cilantro on top. Serve with avocado and aji.
  6. Sopa de Plátano or Plantain soup

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Soma May 19, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Very Very unique recipe! Never thought of making soup with plantains! I love soups too.


2 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 20, 2009 at 7:32 AM

I’ve never had a plantain soup – it sounds really good and I would love to try it soon!


3 we are never full May 26, 2009 at 5:34 PM

hmmmm… i think i love the idea of this. how soft does the plantain get after 30 minutes? really great way to add starch to the soup. i really love this idea.


4 viviana July 15, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Great idea. I never thought of only platano soup. I only use them in sancocho.Gracias!


5 Odalis Moise October 6, 2009 at 3:25 PM


I absolutely think this is the best soup in the world. This plantain soup made with simple ingredients is so tasty, as well as, healthy for the soul. I have a sweet sad story to go with my comment. Five years ago, my mother died from leukemia and the food she liked best during her illness was Columbian food. In particular, she loved the plantain soup and the lentil soup made Columbian style. I am originally from Cuba and I had the pleasure to cook great home meals native of my country for my mother before she died, but from time to time she indulged on Columbian food and so did I. I have the most precious memories of the two of us sitting in my mom’s family room eating Columbian empanadas with the plantain soup. Mom, loved to add “tostones” to the soup which made it even better it was like eating foods for the gods. I am so grateful to a Columbian restaurant in Queens, NY named El Palacio de las Empanadas that’s where I would order my mom’s food the last six months of her life. I am happy to say, although a sad time to remember it was also a time filled with the most wonderful memories of sharing plantain soup with my dearest mom. I can still smell the aroma of cilantro and tostones in the soup and the best smile I ever saw on my mom’s face as she enjoyed a spoon at a time of this marvelous soup.

Thank you Columbia and friends for giving me a little bit of your culture with such beautiful memories.




6 Erica October 6, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Hi Odalis,
Thank you very much for that comment!!!


7 Odalis Moise October 6, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Sorry friends for misspelling Colombian and Colombia I was typing too fast.


8 Odalis Moise October 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM


You are very welcome and please keep sharing delicious recipes from Colombia for more people need to be expose to your beautiful country, as well as culture.


9 Anonymous June 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I made this soup this weekend and served it with white rice and avocado. It was so good. Thanks.


10 Kattalina June 27, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Hello, thank you so much for the recipe!!!! I hope mine looks as good as the one in the picture. Sopa de tostones or plantain soup (Colombian style) is the BESTT soup I have ever had. I absolutely love it and hope all of you enjoy it!!! …………And now wish me luck making it :0) <3 Gracias


11 Mary January 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I made this soup and it was comforting and delicious.


12 Jose January 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM


Question regarding direction no. 4, “Take half of the soup and transfer to a blender and purée” does that include some of the plantains?



13 Erica January 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM



14 Joy March 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

This soup was great . I love Colombian food , so I am now trying to make it myself . Love your recipes and I’m going to try to make other things I have found here , thanks again .


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