Sopa Serrana // Andean Soup

Sopa Serrana // Andean SoupOne thing my husband can do, that I cannot, is eat the same thing repeatedly. If he likes something, he really has no problem with partaking again and again. If we are talking about dessert, you might find me partial to a few of the same things over and over. But, in all reality, I like to try new things. There may be a chance to find something delicious that I have never tried before. If it were up to me, we would almost always eat something new or go to a new restaurant each time we choose to dine out.

Sopa Serrana // Andean SoupWhen it comes to eating the same thing, one meal that has become standard in our home is Sopa Serrana. This is what he eats for breakfast. Daily. I know…it does sound a little strange. But, there are days when I eat it as well. That is a huge change from when I first moved to Peru. I would always say, “There are two things I cannot eat for breakfast…fish and soup.”

I think the thing he likes most in the soup is the whole wheat kernels. But, in the end, the entire combination just works together. Do you ever eat soup for breakfast? Would you eat this one?

Sopa Serrana // Andean Soup

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 3 liters water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 corn cob, sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 cups zapallo squash, cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 fava beans (peeled)
  • 1/3 cup carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup potato, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup hominy
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 wheat berries, soaked overnight
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup spinach, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced yerba buena


  1. In a large pot, combine beef, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the beef is tender.
  2. Remove beef from the water and slice. Add the meat back to the pot along with corn, zapallo, fava beans, carrot, potato, hominy, cabbage, wheat and bouillon cubes. Simmer 30-40 minutes, or until the wheat berries burst and vegetables are cooked.
  3. Stir in spinach and fresh herbs. Simmer 5 more minutes. Serve with canchita and aji.

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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7 Responses

  1. I have never eaten soup for breakfast , but my father and my brother have sometimes especially when they travel to the Sierra and I know that people who works the land are used to eating it because they need to eat well.
    But for me it’s a little strange and I don´t like to eat fish in the morning either!

  2. Hey Gretchen, I’m so glad you posted this!! What can I use as a substitute for the Yerba Buena? I read that it’s similar to Spearmint. Can’t wait to make this one, I’m printing it out right now!

    • Yerba buena is the English name for Hierba Buena. The best substitute would be a mint of some sort. Honestly, I cannot remember if you can get both mint and spearmint or not. Also, the amount is minimal and if you cannot get it, just increase the cilantro.

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  3. asd says:

    Just respect other cultures and their habits girls.
    By the same token: I CAN NOT EAT CEREAL FOR BREAKFAST!!!oh!!uH!!!no way! I love fish and soup for breakfast.

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