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Andalusian Picadillo Soup Recipe

Winter in Andalusia can be very harsh, so it should come as no surprise that some of the best soup recipes come from this part of the world. 

With classic flavors of Spanish cuisine, this picadillo recipe managed to establish itself as one of the favorites by all people.

Each Andalusian household has a special recipe for this Spanish soup in their family cookbook because the Picadillo soup is the one that best represents this region.

Andalucian Picadillo Soup Recipe

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For this reason, here I will show everything about this recipe, from how to make this Spanish picadillo recipe step by step, to the tricks to serve it and store it in case you have any leftovers.

Background of the Dish

sopa de picadillo

The Sopa de picadillo gets its name thanks to its ingredients. 

Although there is no exact translation of the word picadillo into English, it can be understood as “a little bit of everything, and chopped”. 

That is what happens with the ingredients since they are a couple and all cut.

Even though there is no exact date of its invention, it is known that it is an Andalusian soup, more precisely in the provinces of Seville and Almería. 

Today, it is extremely popular in those provinces but has also spread to other parts of Spain.

The Spanish picadillo serves as the perfect way to represent Spain in all parts of the world, thanks to its simplicity and the great taste of its flavors. 

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Things You’ll Need for Picadillo Soup

To make this recipe for picadillo you will only need a couple of ingredients, and only a saucepan and a pot as the equipment.

The main ingredients for this Christmas soup are water, noodles, chicken, serrano ham, and egg. 

However, as I’ll show you later, there are many replacements that you can make, so don’t freak out if you can’t find some of them. 

spanish picadillo recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 ham bone
  • 100 gr Spanish Serrano ham
  • 1 cups (120 gr) soup noodles.

How to Make Picadillo Soup – Step by Step Guide

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  1. To start with this Christmas soup recipe, peel and wash the carrots. Do the same with the leek and cut it into two large pieces. Put everything in a pot together with the chopped chicken, the ham bone, and enough water to cover everything.
  1. Cook it all together for at least 1 hour, in case of using a pressure cooker 20 minutes is enough. This way, you’ll get an amazing homemade broth filled with flavor. 
  1. In the meantime, boil the two eggs. When the chicken and vegetables are cooked, strain and reserve the broth. Let the chicken and the bone cool to room temperature to avoid burning yourself while removing the bone.
  1. Chop the Spanish serrano ham. Peel and cut the hard-boiled egg into small pieces of the size of your choice. 
  1. Put a saucepan on the stove. Pour the strained broth, add the meat, the ham, and the egg.
  1. For the final step add the noodles and cook everything over medium heat for the time indicated in the package of noodles (usually no more than 20 minutes). Serve warm and enjoy.

Substitution of Ingredients

spanish chicken soup

The best part of making picadillo soup, or really any type of soup, is that you can make hundreds of replacements in the ingredients and still have a fantastic soup.

For example, you can replace the soup noodles with any type of noodles, or even with white rice if you prefer. 

You can also substitute the Spanish Serrano ham with any type of ham, although I will not lie to you this will take away the essence of the picadillo a bit.

If you liked this recipe, then there are other recipes from the Andalusian cuisine that will completely blow your mind, such as the Roast Suckling Pig, the Spanish Christmas turkey, the Gambas al pil pil, and the famous grilled Spanish mackerel.

Tips on Serving Picadillo Soup

spanish chicken soup recipe

Since this is one of the most popular Christmas soup ideas, you can be inspired by this wonderful holiday when it comes to the serving part. 

For example, you can cut peppermint into small pieces and sprinkle it on top of your Picadillo soup. This will give it a fresh, Christmas flavor.

If you are making this picadillo recipe, but it is not for Christmas, there are also other tips to serve. 

My favorite is to grate Parmesan cheese and spread it throughout the soup, as this flavor goes very well with ham and with any type of soup in general.

Anyway, these are some simple tips on how to serve your Spanish chicken noodle soup, you can serve it hot without adding anything and it will also be a delicious dish.

You can now try our cozy Andalucian gazpachuelo, which is just as perfect for cold days.

How to Store Picadillo Soup

How to Store Picadillo Soup

Unlike other picadillo recipes, if you follow this Spanish chicken soup recipe, you can freeze the soup or even keep it for a few days in the fridge.

To freeze this Picadillo soup what you have to do is let the soup come to room temperature and freeze it. 

You can put it in the freezer in a large bowl or in small containers, as long as they are covered with a lid or plastic wrap.

If you want to keep it in the fridge, it will last up to 5 days there. In the freezer, it will last 30 days without any negative effect on its taste.

Recipe Card: Picadillo Soup Recipe

Yield: 4

Picadillo Soup Recipe

picadillo recipe

Winter in Andalusia can be very harsh, so it should come as no surprise that some of the best soup recipes come from this part of the world. 

With classic flavors of Spanish cuisine, this picadillo recipe managed to establish itself as one of the favorites by all people.

Each Andalusian household has a special recipe for this Spanish soup in their family cookbook because the picadillo soup is one of the soups that best represents this region.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 ham bone
  • 100 gr Spanish Serrano ham
  • 2 cups (120 gr) soup noodles.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and wash the carrots. Peel the leek and cut it into two large pieces. Put everything in a pot together with the chopped chicken, the ham bone, and enough water to cover everything.
  2. Cook it all together for at least 1 hour, in case of using a pressure cooker 20 minutes is enough. This way, you'll get an amazing homemade broth. 
  3. At the same time, boil the two eggs. When the chicken and vegetables are cooked, strain and reserve the broth. Let the chicken and the bone temper to avoid burning yourself while removing the bone.
  4. Chop the serrano ham. Peel and cut the egg into small pieces of the size of your choice. 
  5. Put a saucepan on the stove. Pour the strained broth, add the meat, the ham, and the egg.
  6. Add the noodles and cook everything over medium heat for the time indicated in the package of noodles (usually no more than 20 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve in bowls and enjoy.

Notes

If you can, the best thing you can do is to use free-range chicken, since it has a better flavor and it also means that the chicken had a better life.

If that is not possible then use the regular one. 

To make this Spanish chicken soup, you can also replace the noodles with the same amount of white rice or any type of pasta that you like.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 351Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 133mgSodium 1075mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 51g

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