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  • Writer's pictureCecilia Tupac

Sopa a la Minuta de Carne: A Quick and Hearty Peruvian Beef Soup

How to make Peruvian beef soup

If you're looking for a flavourful broth that is both delicious and easy to make, then look no further than this Peruvian beef soup!

Sopa a la Minuta, or "Minute Soup," is aptly named for its quick preparation time, meaning you'll be enjoying this amazing soup in no time!

What is Peruvian Sopa a la Minuta?

Peru is no stranger to whipping up delicious soups, with the country being home to hundreds of unique and flavourful recipes that are loved by locals and foreigners alike. Sopa a la Minuta, or "Minute Soup," is one of Peru's most beloved dishes, both for its incredible taste and the ease with which it can be prepared.

Consisting of ground beef, noodles, potatoes, vegetables, and a variety of spices, this heartwarming soup requires only a few simple ingredients to achieve its fantastic flavour. Its simplicity and nutritional benefits make it a regular staple in many Peruvian households, perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

What is the difference between Sopa a la Minuta and Sopa Criolla?

How to make Peruvian Sopa a la Minuta

With its rich variety of soups, Peruvian cuisine offers dishes with certain similarities, leading many to believe that "Sopa Criolla" is the same as "Sopa a la Minuta." While both soups contain similar ingredients, including noodles, beef, and vegetables, a few key differences set these dishes apart:

  • Egg: Sopa Criolla typically features a fried egg on top of the broth, whereas the egg is usually scrambled in Sopa a la Minuta.

  • Beef: Sopa Criolla often uses pieces of beef tenderloin, while Sopa a la Minuta uses ground beef.

  • Bread: Sopa Criolla is usually garnished with croutons or served with bread, whereas Sopa a la Minuta is typically eaten on its own, although this is not definitive.

Naturally, the similarity between these two dishes has led to many ingredients being used interchangeably.

Nutritional Benefits of Sopa a la Minuta

Sopa a la Minuta is not only easy and tasty but also offers numerous nutritional benefits:

  • Balanced Meal: Sopa a la Minuta provides a balanced mix of proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates.

  • Full of Antioxidants: Ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs are rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants that boost the immune system.

  • Weight Management: Soups are an excellent way to manage weight due to their abundance of vegetables and ability to promote a feeling of fullness.

How to make Peruvian Sopa a la Minuta

Here is a quick and easy recipe to follow:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Chop all the ingredients, including onions, tomatoes, potatoes, beef, and coriander.

  2. Make the Aderezo: In a large pot, fry onions over low-medium heat for 5-6 minutes, then add tomatoes. Next, add garlic paste, aji amarillo, and aji panca paste.

  3. Season: Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin.

  4. Add the Beef and Pasta: Cook the ground beef in the aderezo, then pour in the water or beef stock and bring to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta or spaghetti and cook until tender.

  5. Add the Egg: Beat 1-2 eggs and pour into the mixture, stirring quickly to create scrambled eggs.

  6. Serve: Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley and a few drops of lime juice.

Sopa a la Minuta Recipe

For a visual guide to this recipe, watch the video below.

Ingredientes for Sopa a la Minuta

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 teaspoon of tomato puree

  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano

  • 150 gr of beef

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste

  • 2 large tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon of aji panca

  • 1 teaspoon of aji amarillo

  • 100 gr of angel hair pasta

  • 1.5 litres of beef stock

  • 3 tablespoons of evaporated milk (to taste

  • 1 egg

  • Sat, pepper and cumin to taste


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