Sopa de Lentejas con Costilla de Cerdo(Lentil Soup with Pork Ribs)

by Erica Dinho on October 6, 2010

Sopa de Lentejas con Costilla

As you know, I love soups, and while growing up in Colombia, there were delicious soups made daily at our house.

There are those simple dishes that you want to make because you need comfort food and because it reminds you of what your mom or grandmother used to make when you were a kid. Soups are that kind of food for me. I love to serve this soup with white rice, sweet plantains, and a tomato-red onion salad on the side.

Buen provecho!



  • 2 pounds pork ribs, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup aliños
  • 6 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the lentils, water, aliños, carrots, and pork ribs. Slightly cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes more or until the lentils become tender but not mushy.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Add fresh cilantro and serve with white rice, sweet plantains, salad, and hogao on the side.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lyndsey October 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Not only is this comforting it’s gorgeous as well! I would love to have this made for me, yummy!


2 gloria October 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Erica absolutamente delicioso, me fascinan las lentejas, se ve tan rico! besos gloria


3 Belinda @zomppa October 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Who can resist soups with big hunks of tender meat?


4 Faith October 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I love comforting soups that remind me of my mom’s cooking. This one looks fantastic!


5 Ivy October 7, 2010 at 12:21 AM



6 Silvia October 7, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Hola Erica,
la cebollita picada al lado del plato, como se llama? los ecuatorianos tienen algo parecido pero como se llama en colombia? es cebolla cabezona con limon, tomate y cilantro verdad?


7 Erica October 7, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Silvia- Es una ensalada de tomate, cebolla y cilantro con vinagreta de limon.


8 Maria October 7, 2010 at 9:35 PM

I do love lentil soup and this sounds wonderful with the addition of pork.


9 norma October 8, 2010 at 9:31 AM

This soup is beautiful. I can eat lentils every day and your version is mouthwatering.


10 Oysterculture October 8, 2010 at 6:29 PM

You and soups has me thinking about me and soup and the fact that I cannot seem to get enough of it. Thanks for all your inspiration.


11 rebecca subbiah October 8, 2010 at 11:12 PM

wow what a wonderful soup – your food is always fab, enjoy the weekend sweet Erica


12 Anna October 8, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Your dishes always makes me homesick somehow… it looks gorgeous, very yummy.


13 MaryMoh October 9, 2010 at 3:30 AM

Beautiful soup. I love soup, too. I have been cooking soup almost everyday cos the weather is getting cold fast.


14 Barbara October 9, 2010 at 9:13 AM

We’re both loving lentils, Erica! My mother made the most lovely lentil soup, but never wrote down the recipe. I’m going to try yours!


15 Chef E October 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Why is it I come over here and the more I read, the hungrier I get, lol, this looks and sounds great!


16 Erica October 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Thank you guys!


17 adriana January 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I just found your website. I can’t tell you how excited I am because I am Colombian descent and my husband is a native Colombian. Unfortunately, I do not really know how to cook all the meals he loves and I don’t eat any meat other than chicken. Our mom’s recipes don’t actually have any measurements so this is very special. You have inspired me to try cooking some of these meal for him.

Can you tell me if these can be made in a slow cooker? We have kids and crazy schedules so I want to try using the slow cooker more to have dinner ready earlier rather than cooking last minute.

Thank you and I will use your Amazon link to support you.


18 Erica January 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Adriana- Thank you for your comment and I didn’t make in the slow cooker, but you can do it, just use less water or stock and the cooking time will be longer.


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