Cuchuco de Trigo is a traditional Colombian soup. This wheat and pork soup is hearty, filling and comforting.
Today I want to share another traditional Colombian soup from the Boyacá y Cundinamarca regions of Colombia Cuchuco de Trigo.
What is Cuchuco?
It's a hearty, flavorful and filling soup made with wheat, corn or barley, different vegetables, pork, spices and herbs. Colombian cuchuco variations are cuchuco de trigo (wheat), cuchuco de cebada (barley) and cuchuco de maíz (hominy corn).
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. In Colombia this cuchuco is made with espinazo de cerdo (pork neck bones), but if you don't find them just use pork ribs.
Cuchuco de Trigo (Wheat and Pork Colombian Soup)
- 2 pounds pork ribs or pork bones
- 10 cups water
- ½ cup soaked wheat
- 1 cup fava beans
- 2 yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 red potatoes, peeled and diced
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 scallions, chopped
- ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ teaspoon sazon goya with achiote
- 1 beef bouillon tablet
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup diced carrots
- 2 tbsp flour
- Salt and pepper
- Place the onion, garlic, scallions, red bell pepper in the food processor.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the cilantro and serve.
This soup is so easy to put together and is a great way to warm up on winter days. If you’re looking for a side salad to serve with this wheat soup my tomato, avocado and cucumber salad or simple green salad are delicious.
This Cuchuco de Trigo soup will keep well for 3-4 days in the fridge. Simply reheat it in a large pot as needed.
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