Sopa de Frejoles // Peruvian Bean Soup

A favorite soup in our home! This is a delicious blend of flavors and textures. Be sure to prepare the yucca, plantain and sweet potato to serve along with the soup – you won’t regret it!

Sopa de Frejoles // Peruvian Bean Soup

Sopa de Frejoles // Peruvian Bean Soup


2 1/2 cups of Peruvian yellow beans, soaked overnight
1 pound of pork, cubed
4 slices of bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tomato, seeded, peeled and chopped finely
1 tablespoon of oregano leaves
2 cups of zapallo squash, cubed
1/2 pound of cooked penne pasta


1. Fill a large pot with 3 liters of water; add beans and pork. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are softened.

2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, tomato and oregano; sauté about 8 minutes or until softened. Add onion mixture to the pot of beans along with squash and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. In another pot, boil pasta in salt water until al dente.

Serve soup with pasta. Serve with boiled Yucca, boiled plantain, and boiled sweet potato.

Yield: 4 servings

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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2 Responses

  1. shari says:

    What beans and squash would you substitute with in America?

    • Good question! I have been playing with butternut squash and it is a bit sweet. Pumpkin would probably be a better substitute. The beans you can actually find in the US. Frejol Canario, Frejol Peruano or Peruvian Yellow beans – something along that line. You will find them at most Latin markets or at grocery stores that have a higher Latin customer base. Great soup, perfect for a cold day. Was just thinking about making this soon!!

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