Caldo verde de Cajamarca – Cajamarca's green soup

Caldo verde de Cajamarca – Cajamarca's green soup

Martin Morales serves up a verdant, hearty soup hailing from Cajamarca in Peru. In Caramarca, the soup would be served with local herbs such as paico and huacatay, but the Andina chef has helpfully suggested substitutes that should be easier to source on these shores.
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  1. Step 1

    Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or casserole. Add the onion and sauté over a medium heat for 10 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1–2 minutes to soften
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, put all the herbs in a blender with a little water and blitz to a smooth paste
  3. Step 3

    When the onion and garlic are ready, add half the herb paste to the pan with the onion mixture, along with the cabbage or pak choi and the potatoes. Stir to combine, then pour in 1.5 litres of water and season well with salt and pepper
  4. Step 4

    Bring the soup to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes until the potatoes are very tender. Remove the casserole from the heat and spoon off 2 ladlefuls of stock into a small saucepan over a low heat
  5. Step 5

    Whisk up the egg whites a little and swirl into the casserole of hot soup, then stir in the remaining herb paste and keep warm
  6. Step 6

    Carefully drop the egg yolks into the small saucepan of broth and allow them to poach gently for 2 minutes until warmed through but still runny. Serve up the soup in individual bowls, carefully adding a poached yolk to each bowl (1 yolk per person) and sprinkle with the crumbled cheese