Shredded plantains and fresh cilantro combine in a refreshing Puerto Rican soup.

Scott Rosenbaum
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


Recipe Summary

50 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Shred plantains using the large holes of a box grater.

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and 1/4 cup cilantro; cook, stirring, until the garlic is softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add broth and water and bring to a boil. Stir in plantains and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until the plantains are tender and the soup is thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and garnish with a lime wedge.


Tip: Plantains are usually sold underripe with green-yellow skin--just what you'll need for this recipe. (A ripe plantain, with black-yellow skin, should not be used instead.) Find them at large supermarkets or Hispanic markets. To peel an unripe plantain, slice off both ends and cut into 3-inch lengths. Using the tip of a paring knife, cut 4 lengthwise slits along each piece. Soak in ice water for 3 to 5 minutes to loosen the skin. Remove from the water and peel.

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; protein 6.4g 13% DV; carbohydrates 24.6g 8% DV; dietary fiber 1.6g 6% DV; sugars 10.4g; fat 2.7g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 1.2mg; vitamin a iu 838.7IU 17% DV; vitamin c 12.9mg 21% DV; folate 15.6mcg 4% DV; calcium 36.2mg 4% DV; iron 1mg 5% DV; magnesium 29mg 10% DV; potassium 552.2mg 16% DV; sodium 395.6mg 16% DV; thiaminmg 4% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe. It is so easy to do! However I don't add the salt nor the cheese for me and my husband it tastes awesome without those 2 ingredients. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup is delicious I like to put the plantain in the blender machine and then cook that mixture it comes out like a cream it's really delicious and is great for weight loss because is low and calories. Try it!:) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
OK but needs some spice It was somewhat bland as per the recipe but I added some chopped sauteed chicken Adobo seasoning Paprika and roasted ground Cumin seed. (just take the ground Cumin and roast it slightly in a non-stick pan) Before adding the chicken I used a hand mixer to smooth the texture. The spices REALLY make the flavor pop! Just season to taste. Pros: A good start but not quite there... Cons: Bland. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Used Goya Sazon packet instead of salt and Added sliced green olives and of course capers?! #boriqua Read More