Andalusian Gypsy Stew

Authentic Spanish Andalusian gypsy stew soup recipe

Andalusia is the southernmost part of Spain.  Although economically the poorest region in Spain, it is arguably the richer in culture and cultural identity.  Bullfighting, flamenco, and Moorish-influenced architectural styles, to name a few, are all of Andalusian origin.  It is also the home of Spain’s Gypsies.  This stew, called Olla Gitana, is a favorite among the Andalusian Gypsies.  The use of almonds and bread crumbs is of Moorish influence (early Muslims who once ruled Spain), while the inclusion of pear is a distinctly Gypsy touch.

A hearty stew of garbanzo beans, pork, sausage, green beans, pumpkin, pears, Swiss chard, almonds, onions, tomatoes and spices – a full array of ingredients and interesting flavor combinations that will leave you feeling satisfied.  You may even feel inspired to reach across the dinner table, grab your partner, and dance the flamenco!

Note:  Levante, a neighboring area of Spain, also commonly eats a vegetarian version of this stew.  Simply omit the meat and increase the amount of pumpkin by a cup along with an extra pear.  Saute the onions and garlic and follow the instructions from there, skipping the hour of simmering.

Below are just a few of the ingredients that are in this wonderful gypsy stew.  So many healthy, delicious ingredients and flavors.  You’re going to really enjoy this gypsy stew recipe.

Andalusian Gypsy Soup

Andalusian Gypsy Stew
 
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Recipe type: Soup/Stew
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb pork, cut in ½ inch chunks
  • ½ lb spicy ground sausage
  • ½ lb pork bones (you can get these from your butcher)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cubes chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 (15 oz) cans garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups pumpkin (butternut or acorn squash can also be used), diced
  • 1 can (15 oz) petite diced tomatoes, or 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • ½ lb green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pear, cored and diced
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
  • 15 whole almonds, ground and toasted (preheat oven to 425 F, spread ground almonds on a baking sheet and toast for 1 minute)
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Pat the pork cubes with paper towels to dry (this will enable browning). Fry the cubes of pork on all sides until nicely browned. Remove and set aside. Fry bones until the meat on them is browned. Remove and set aside. Fry the ground sausage until no longer pink. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  2. Return the pork and pork bones to the Dutch oven and fill with water just until the meat is barely covered. Add the bouillon cubes and paprika. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for one hour.
  3. Add the pumpkin, beans, tomatoes, almonds, bread crumbs, and red wine vinegar. Return to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes. Add the Swiss chard and pears and continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  4. Serve immediately with crusty bread.

 

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6 Responses

  1. Maria Huntsman

    wrote on

    This looks yummy too!..thanks for the info on the dish. Kyle was reading it together with me and he said that you should write a book!..I told him we have told you that already lol. Anyhow i will be making this recipe soon too…i just wish the baby would come out so i have more energy and time to make all the recipes!!! lol

    • wrote on

      Thank you for your kinds words, Maria. Yes, you’ll enjoy this stew! It’s fully of yummy, healthy vegetables and is even better as leftovers. I made it for lunch today and it was even better this evening as the flavors have had time to blend. Maybe to aroma of this stew will help coax that baby out!! Best wishes to you and the soon-to-arrive little one!

  2. wrote on

    Thank you for your kinds words, Maria. Yes, you’ll enjoy this stew! It’s fully of yummy, healthy vegetables and is even better as leftovers. I made it for lunch today and it was even better this evening as the flavors have had time to blend. Maybe to aroma of this stew will help coax that baby out!! Best wishes to you and the soon-to-arrive little one!

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Hi Becky! Thanks for catching that – it’s added in the first part of step 3.

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