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Pepperoni Soup Recipe

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The recipe name sounds strange I know. Those outside my family look at me strange when I say we’re having pepperoni soup for dinner.  It was something that seemed like a special treat when I was growing up.  It’s something that my own family has grown to love and in fact Sabreena asked to have it for her birthday dinner last week.  Traditionally my grandmother used a Spanish sausage NOT pepperoni but I particularly like the pepper and spice that comes from it. My grandmother also called it pepperoni soup maybe because that was her translation.

Pepperoni Soup #Recipe, puerto rican comfort food

It’s very simple to make with very simple ingredients, most of which I have on hand. It can be made very quickly or left to gently simmer to develop more flavor. This is truly a one pot meal but prepared in steps.

Pepperoni Soup

  • 1lb of pepperoni or salchichon (traditional Spanish sausage)cut into bite size cubes. I usually ask my deli to cut me a 4″ slab of pepperoni then cut it down myself to size.
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 1tsp Adobo Seasoning
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1 packet of Sazon
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1lb russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 2″ chunks
  • 6oz spaghetti or rigatoni

In a large pot over low heat brown and render off cut up pepperoni for 10-15 minutes.

Add chopped onion 7 pepper and cook till softened.

Mix in garlic and seasonings and cook for additional 5 minutes before adding water and potatoes.

Bring soup to mixture to slight simmer and cook until potatoes almost cooked.

Increase heat to bring soup to boil and add pasta.

Soup is ready to eat when pasta is cooked. Salt and pepper if needed.

Don’t forget to remove bay leaves.

Pepperoni Soup #Recipe, puerto rican comfort food Pepperoni Soup #Recipe, puerto rican comfort food

Pepperoni Soup #Recipe, puerto rican comfort food

sazon, what is sazon

this is Sazon

We use this in lots of of our meals. It adds a little something special to soups, sauces, meatloaf, roasts and rice.  When I mention Adobo seasoning i’m not talking about the peppers in adobo sauce I’m talking about this Adobo. It’s another magic ingredient that adds a special touch to everyday meals.

Goya Adobo Seasoning for meals

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  1. I love just about any kind of soup in the winter months. This one looks very good. I love pepperoni, and I know I can get some gluten free. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Never thought about Gluten free but that is cool this recipe can be turned into a Gluten free one. Hope you enjoy the recipe if you decide to try it.

  2. What a great soup! I’m pretty sure I’d make it with rigatoni My family would love it!

    • That would be good too. We use spaghetti but next time i think I am gonna ask Melinda to use rigatoni and see how that turns out.

  3. Sounds interesting! I love Pepperoni so I’m going to have to make it one night!

    • It is one of the best soups that Melinda makes by far. I am also like you in that I LOVE pepperoni so you can’t go wrong with this soup. It’s filling for sure.

  4. This would be a hit at my house. I pinned this to my food board so I can make it some night!

  5. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    My family loves pepperoni and I always need new recipes to use. We get tired of the usual pizza. This would be a great one to try.

  6. Deborah says:

    Thank you so much for posting this soup. My mother passed away before giving me the recipe. I been looking for this soup for at least two years.

  7. Tierra says:

    My Ganga (great grandmom) use to make this for me as a kid. she used yucca instead of potatoes, and some kind of little toasted “angel hair” like pasta, and when she wanted to make it really special, she would fry up some tostones and break them up on top! if this tastes anything like her’s than i CANT WAIT to try this

  8. Brittany says:

    My grandmother used to make a version of this soup for my dad when he was younger. Unfortunately the exact recipe died with her in 1995. So thank you for sharing this recipe. My mom and I decided to make this for my dad a few weeks ago when he was down in the dumps and it instantly lifted his spirits and he said we hit it spot on so thank you again for this recipe! You brought back a family recipe that we thought was gone forever.

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