Galician Broth Recipe - Caldo Gallego

Caldo Gallego. Juan/Wikimedia CC 2.0
  • 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Galician Broth or "Caldo Gallego" is the traditional dish of Galicia, Spain. It is a region of rolling hills with cool, wet weather year-round. Galicia still has many small farms, where family plots of vegetables and herds of dairy cows dot the landscape. Galician Broth is the emblematic dish of the region and is eaten any time of the year because it is inexpensive, nutritious and is a great way to warm up.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounce (225 grams) dry white beans
  • 32 ounce (1 liter) water
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 veal (or beef) bone
  • 1 ounces (20 gram) pork fat
  • 2 handfuls fresh turnip leaves
  • 2 pounds (1 kilogram) potatoes
  • salt to taste

How to Make It

  1. Rinse beans and remove any debris. Put beans in a pot and cover with water. Soak overnight.
  2. Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces (1-inch squares).
  3. Place two large pots on the stove, each with about 2 cups of water. Put the bones, beans and a pinch of salt and bring to a slow boil.
  4. When the beans are half cooked (30-60 minutes depending on the type of beans), remove the bones and add the pieces of potato and continue to simmer.
  1. Bring the second pot of water to a boil.
  2. Place the turnip leaves into the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour out the water and replace with 2 more cups of water.
  4. Bring to a boil again and cook for another 5 minutes. (This process releases the acidity of the turnip leaves and they will turn the water very green.)
  5. Remove the turnip leaves from the water and place in the pot with the potatoes and beans.
  6. Add the pork fat and water if necessary.
  7. Simmer until all the ingredients are well-cooked. Adjust the salt to taste.

Note: This is a basic caldo gallego recipe. Add small pieces of pork and/or pieces of Spanish chorizo to give more flavor and color, if desired.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 554
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 79 mg
Sodium 251 mg
Carbohydrates 79 g
Dietary Fiber 16 g
Protein 40 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)