Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)

by Erica Dinho on January 30, 2014

Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)

As a child I used to dread Sopa de Avena, but that changed when I moved to the United States and I started craving my grandmother’s food! My grandmother didn’t use written recipes, so I usually cook her dishes from my memories with her in the kitchen. I might also ask my mom, aunts or uncles for her recipes, but no one ever knows the exact ingredients or amounts that Mamita used. I have been making this oatmeal soup for about 10 years, trying to replicate Mamita’s recipe, and I think I am finally getting close!

This Sopa de Avena is a very popular Colombian soup and it was one of Mamita’s favorite soups, which she made often. She always used beef broth for her oatmeal soup, but you can use chicken broth or even vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.

This Colombian-Style Oatmeal Soup is perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner. Just don’t forget to serve it with a green salad and avocado on the side.

Buen provecho!

Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)



(4 to 6 servings)

  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups beef, chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro

Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)


  1. Place the scallion, garlic and onion in the blender with 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Place all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the cilantro and serve warm.
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1 belinda @zomppa January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I never thought to use oatmeal for soup – will have to try!


2 Mayito Castillo January 31, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Hola Belinda. Te recomiendo que la prepares para que te des cuenta de lo deliciosa y nutritiva que es esta sopa. Ese es uno de tantos recuerdos que me dejo mi madre.Yo la hago muy amenudo, porq me encanta.


3 richard January 31, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Brings back memories of chilly nights and warm soup in Bogotá. Nice Chamba dish in the pic.


4 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have never seen oatmeal soup before but I am more than willing to try and it would make a great lunch or quick dinner. Glad you are close to the real taste you remember.


5 Chris C January 31, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Erica, thanks for the memories…… My mom used to make that kind of
soup as well. It is a very good and healthy soup.
OJO for those that need gluten free ideas!!


6 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 1, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Like Belinda, I have never thought of using oats in the savoury soup…and I love the idea. The soup looks awesome.


7 ela@GrayApron February 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I have a feeling I would really like this soup! :) ela


8 grace February 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

i will gladly support any reason to eat peas. :)


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