Cuban Caldo Gallego (Galician White Bean Stew)

Cuban Caldo Gallego

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Cuban Caldo Gallego
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Cuban Caldo Gallego Soup is delicious and healthy... Serve it with some Cuban bread and enjoy!
Recipe type: Soups, Stews & Chilis
Cuisine: Cuban
Serves: 12
  • 1 lb Great Northern Beans, dried
  • 1 tbs Salt, to soak beans
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • ½ large Green Pepper, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Spanish Chorizo, sliced thick
  • 1 Ham bone
  • 1 lb Ham, pre-cooked and cubed
  • 8 cups Water
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Tomato Sauce
  • ¼ cup Turnip, chopped
  • 1 large Potato, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb bag of Collard Greens, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Basil
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
Soak the beans
  1. Rinse white beans.
  2. Soak overnight with 1 tbs salt in enough water to cover beans.
  3. Drain the salted water from the beans.
Next day - Start cooking beans with ham bone
  1. Place beans in 4-quart soup pot; add 8 cups of water and the ham bone.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 1½ hours, skimming foam from the top.
  3. At the 1½ hour mark, remove the bone and if there is any meat on it, cut it off and set aside.
Mise en place - during the 1½ hours of cooking beans with ham bone
  1. Chop onion, green pepper, turnip and collard greens.
  2. Mince garlic.
  3. Slice chorizo.
  4. Cube ham, peel & quarter potatoes.
  5. Portion olive oil, tomato sauce, paprika, oregano, basil, bay leaves.
Put it all together
  1. In a skillet, pre-heat 2 tbs of olive oil over medium high heat (making sure not to burn oil).
  2. Add onion, green pepper, salt and pepper, saute lightly for about 4 - 6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add cubed ham (plus any off the bone), tomato sauce, paprika, oregano, basil and garlic, cook for about 2 - 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add ham & sofrito mixture to beans along with and bay leaves. Stir well.
  5. Add turnips and chorizo. Stir well.
  6. Add collard greens, folding them into soup as they soften. Stir well.
  7. Add potatoes. Stir well.
  8. Add salt to taste and cook on low for about another 1½ hours. Stir occasionally.
  9. When beans, potatoes and collard greens are tender, remove from heat.
  10. Serve hot in deep soup bowls with buttered, crusty Cuban bread on the side for dipping.
Inspired by the dish one of my Abuelas used to make quite often.
You can add some more water if the soup gets too thick after it cooks a while.
Last edited: 02/02/2021

More Cuban Caldo Gallego Soup (Galician White Bean Stew) Pics

Beans and ham bone cooking

Cook beans and ham bone for 1 1/2 hours

Green pepper onion sauteeing with spices

Saute green pepper, onions and spices

Add ham and tomato sauce

Add ham and tomato sauce, stir well

Add ham sofrito turnip and chorizo

Add ham, veggies, turnips and chorizo to the soup

Add collard greens

Add the collard greens

Cook on medium low till beans are tender

Cook on medium low till beans are tender

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2 Comments on “Cuban Caldo Gallego (Galician White Bean Stew)
  1. I made this recipe this morning and it’s excellent!

    It is delicious and I’d recommend Danny’s recipe for a Cuban iconic dish to anyone. Thank you.

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