Soppa tal-armla is a winter staple in many a Maltese home. It is a hearty and filling dish which is also healthy, making it a perfect dinner option on cold Winter nights. ‘Soppa tal-Armla’ means Widow’s Soup in Maltese, and it refers to the humble ingredients it is made up of; ingredients which even Maltese widows of the past could afford. Yet although the ingredients are modest, the taste is not! Here’s how you can make this flavorful soup yourself:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 kohlrabi, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup broad beans
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 cup peas
  • ½ or a small cauliflower cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • Gbejniet (Maltese cheese), allow one per person
  • Stock – enough to cover vegetables (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 ½ tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

 

Method:

  1. Sauté garlic, onion and parsley in the butter and olive oil until soft.
  2. Add potato, carrot, kohlrabi, broad beans, celery, peas and cauliflower.
  3. Pour in stock and tomato paste. Stir well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the vegetables are just cooked.
  5. Add gbejniet and press down lightly to submerge. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes to heat through.
  6. Garnish with parsley and stir through.
  7. Serve with one piece of gbejniet in each bowl.
Happy cooking!

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