Ajiaco Soup (Columbian Recipe)

This is one of my all time favorite Fall soups. I got it from a friend who got it from a Wycliffe Dinner Theatre.

1. Cook 1 full boneless chicken breast in 2 cups of water, with 2 chicken bouillon cubes, until done. (A lot of times I will just boil a whole chicken and use that meat and broth)

2. Chop cooked chicken and return to pot.

3. Saute 3-4 teaspoons of minced garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil until tender.

4. Add 2 tablespoons onion flakes (I usually saute onion with my garlic)

5. Add garlic and onion to chicken & broth.

6. Add 4 cups of water and 4-6 chicken bouillon cubes.

7. Start cooking broth and chicken mixture on medium heat.

8. Add 3 small/medium white or yellow potatoes, unpeeled and diced.

9. Add 1 and 1/3 cup of instant mashed potatoes-whisk until dissolved.

10. Add 1 can of each: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans and Green beans.

11. Add 1 bunch chopped green onions.

12. Add spices: 1 and 1/2 teaspoon basil, 3/4 teaspoon white pepper and 3/4 teaspoon paprika.

13. Simmer (at least ten minutes...or until potatoes are tender.

I usually let mine cook slowly for a couple hours. Sometimes just throwing it in the crock pot on low)

14. Serve in bowls and garnish with (this is the BEST part!!!) :

-Chopped cilantro

-Corn on the cob: cobs cut into 3 pieces, cooked, one per bowl

-Capers: add on top - 1-2 teaspoons per serving

-Avocado: slice and add on top

-Heavy cream: add on top

Arepas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arepa) or gyro bread is very tasty on the side

Serves 6
Soup can be easily frozen!


Bonnie said...

This looks delicious !! It's spring here but I might have time if I make it next week before the weather turns really hot to try it ...

andrafaye said...

Yeah, I was just thinking that the author of this blog lives on the other side of the equator!

Bonnie said...

ha ha.
doesn't matter though. it will be fall here eventually !! keep 'em coming !!

Bonnie said...

plus ... most of the people who read (and co-author) this blog with me live over there on your side of the equator !

Anonymous said...

this recipe is husband approved! tastes great.

Kath said...

Chicken, good! Beans, good! Corn, good! Avocado, good! Cream,good! And, I'm always on the lookout for soup for cold weather meals. Can't wait to try this! I haven't had arepas for ages, thanks for reminding me about this yummy bread!

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Sabba and Nanny said...

Kath, you forgot the garlic. Garlic, very good. This looks delicious. When can we try it?

Kath said...

As soon as is feasible! In reality, Sunday is a distinct possibility.... anyone want to join us for dinner?!

andrafaye said...

Hey Kathy,
Do you have an arepas recipe??
I was going to make some bread to go with it last night but I ran out of time...even with throwing it in the crock pot early that morning! Where does the day go?!

Anyway, we LOVE this soup...very tasty and pretty simple.

Kath said...

I do. I have never made it myself, made it with someone who wanted to share a South American meal with us. She had had an exchange student living with her family. Anyhow, I'll dig out the recipe and post it soon as I can. 'Spose that beautiful boy of yours knows where the time goes?!?

andrafaye said...

Great! I will wait and try your recipe...
Yeah, I bet he does...the little terrorist!

Sabba and Nanny said...

Tried it. It was great. Anything with aji (garlic) in the name is worth a try.

Pammy said...

We ran out of cream, so when I packed leftovers for lunches I just added a glob of sour cream. Most acceptable substitution!