Plantain Soup (Sopa de Platanos)

Plantain Soup (Sopa de Platanos)

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook

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

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 green plantains, peeled (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 teaspoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 8 lime wedges


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  1. Shred plantains using the large holes of a box grater.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ¼ 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 ¼ 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 information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 134 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 16 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 839 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 396 mg sodium; 552 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ fruit

Reviews 4

November 15, 2018
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By: Lydia Turincio
Used Goya Sazon packet instead of salt and Added sliced green olives and of course capers?! #boriqua
January 07, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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.
June 04, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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! :)
February 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
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