The distinctive features of this recipe are the mix of three different types of meat (you could use any meats you like, not just the ones mentioned in the recipe) and the pleasant acidity from the capers, olives, pickled cucumbers, and lime. All this makes a very nice complex flavor.
Yields 4 portions
- 200 g of pork
- 150 g of ham
- 2 smoked sausages
- 4 tomatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 8 olives
- 2 tablespoons of capers
- 4 bay leaves
- black peppercorns
- smoked bell peppers
- olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
You will need
- Rinse the pork in cold water, cut into big chunks, put it into a pot, and cover it with 2 liters of water. Add salt, 4 bay leaves, a few peppercorns, and cook until soft on medium heat, for about 30 minutes after the water starts to boil.
- Preheat oven to 200 °C.
- While the pork is cooking, cut the ham and the sausages into 1 cm cubes.
- Distribute the ham and the sausages on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for
- While the meats are cooking, prepare the vegetables: Tomatoes: quarter and remove the roots. Garlic: smash and peel. Onion: peel and cut into small dice. Olives: thinly slice.
- When the pork is ready, remove it from the broth and let it cool.
- Blend the tomatoes and the garlic using a blender.
- Sauté onion on a frying pan with olive oil, on medium heat, for 2–3 minutes, until transparent.
- Transfer the ham and the sausages into the pot with the broth (try to avoid transferring fat on the bottom of the baking tray).
- Cut the pork into 1 cm cubes, and transfer to the pot with the soup.
- Add the onion and tomato sauce to the pot with the soup, and start heating the soup again.
- Once the soup in the pot boils, add the olives and the capers.
- Boil the soup for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.
- Season with more salt, freshly ground black pepper, and smoked paprika to taste.
- Prepare the vegetables for serving. Scallion: thinly chop. Lime: cut into 8 sectors. Pickled cucumbers: thinly slice.
- Serve: add into each plate of the soup a handful of chopped scallions, two sectors of lime, and one sliced pickled cucumber with 2 tablespoons of its liquid.
Notes & tips
The easiest way to peel garlic is to smash it: put a clove of garlic on a cutting board, put your chef’s knife on top of it so the blade side lays on the clove, and hit the side of the knife with your hand. Now you could peel the clove.