Recipe courtesy of Pulperia a Gudina

Galician Soup

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 day 8 hr 20 min (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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1 cured ham (front leg from knee joint to hoof)

2 ham bones 

1/2 kilogram (about 1 pound) dried beans, such as cannellini 

3 kilograms (about 6 1/3 pounds) potatoes, peeled 

3 links Spanish cured chorizos, skins pierced all over 

1 head cabbage

Olive oil, for cooking 

3 cloves garlic (skin on) 

Sweet paprika, to taste 


  1. Soak the ham in water for 24 hours.
  2. Boil the ham in fresh water for 2 to 3 hours. Discard the ham and add the ham bones to the broth. Simmer 2 to 3 hours more.
  3. Meanwhile, in another pot, add the beans and several inches of water to cover and boil until they're just done.
  4. Discard the ham bones and add the potatoes, chorizos, cabbage and beans to the broth and cook another 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  5. In another pan, heat the olive oil over high heat and add the garlic. Turn off the heat and let to cool; add the sweet paprika. Pour the paprika oil into the main pot. Discard the chorizos and serve the soup hot from the pot.