27 Traditional Spanish Soup & Stews Recipes

Do you find yourself dreaming of dishes that both warm your heart and soul? Then, dive into the world of Spanish culinary culture with these traditional Spanish soup & stew recipes. From classics like gazpacho to fabada Asturiana, we’ve got a wealth of scrumptious soups and stews to explore. Put on your apron, turn up the regional music, and experience some classic comfort food from Spain—all without having to leave home!

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You will find anything from classic winter soups like chicken soup to hearty stews like fabada asturiana and refreshing summer cold soups like gazpacho.

Let’s dive in!

Spanish Soup & Stews Recipes

1. Sopa de Pollo – Chicken Soup

Sopa de pollo is a classic Spanish soup perfect for those cold winter days. Many locals have it when they don’t feel well; it is a remedy.

This nutritious soup is made with chicken, short pasta, leeks, carrots, onions, parsley, water, and salt.

The flavors of the chicken make this soup delicious. Although it doesn’t need anything else, you can add some croutons for more texture.

2. Olla podrida – (Castile and Leon)

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Olla podrida is a traditional stew that originated in Castile and Leon many years ago. Many people believe that dates back to the Middle Ages. This dish is a filling stew packed with meat and legumes.

If you are ready to cook it, you will need kidney beans, pork ribs, pig ears and trotters, pancetta, black pudding, chorizo, eggs, breadcrumbs, onions, parsley, sweet paprika, salt and pepper.

After having olla podrida, you will be satisfied for hours!

3. Caldo Gallego – Galicia-Style Soup (Galicia)

White beans, beef, and collard greens are the main ingredients to make this typical stew of Galicia, northern Spain.

It is a humble dish that uses local ingredients, and you can slightly change the recipe by adding ingredients according to the season.

The traditional recipe contains white beans, potatoes, beef, collard greens, and chorizo.

Serve this Galicia-style soup with a few slices of bread. 

4. Marmitako – Tuna Stew (Basque Country)

If you love fish stews, marmitako needs to be in your recipe notebook. This classic recipe originated in the Basque Country and has always been considered a fishermen’s dish since it is prepared with fresh local tuna.

This Spanish stew is made with fresh tuna, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, white wine, sweet paprika, parsley, olive oil, and salt.

The flavors of the tuna are incredibly delicious, so you will probably want to dip bread in the tomato base sauce.

5. Chanfaina – (Extremadura)

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Chanfaina extremeña is one of the most traditional dishes in Extremadura. You can enjoy chanfaina as a tapa in many bars and as a main course.

The dish is so popular that there is even an event for it. During that day, the goal of this event is to showcase this traditional dish.

You will need lamb offal (kidney, liver, and heart), tomato sauce, white wine, garlic, Nora peppers, cayenne pepper, and salt to make it at home.

Enjoy this classic stew with a glass of red wine.

6. Fabada Asturiana – Asturian Pork and Bean Stew (Asturias)

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If you plan to visit Asturias, you might want to taste its most well-known dish, fabada asturiana. This pork and bean stew is a delicacy in the region, and every traditional restaurant has this dish on its menu.

However, there is no reason not to cook it at home. The main ingredients for this dish are white beans (preferably from Asturias), bacon, black pudding, chorizo, onion, paprika, saffron, parsley, olive oil, and salt.

Serve this stew with a few slices of rustic bread.

7. Cocido Madrileño – Madrid-Style Stew (Madrid)

One of the most filling classic stews is Cocido Madrileño. As its name suggests, this dish originated in Madrid. Although it is perfect for winter days, you can enjoy this Madrid-Style Stew any time of the year.

It is made with ingredients such as chickpeas, short pasta, pork ribs, chicken, chorizo, black pudding, leeks, carrots, and potatoes.

Cocido Madrileño takes some time to cook, but if you love comfort food, this stew won’t disappoint you.

8. Sopa de picadillo  – Chicken, Ham, and Hard-boiled Egg Soup (Andalusia)

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Sopa de picadillo is a classic Andalusian soup packed with flavors. Its nutritious ingredients are perfect for combating colds, but interestingly this soup is also served in many households on Christmas Eve.

This delicious soup is made with chicken, carrots, leeks, water, and mint. Then, you need to add its toppings: Serrano ham, hard-boiled egg, and croutons. Additionally, you can also add short pasta when cooking the soup.

It is simple but incredibly delicious.

9. Sopas Mallorquinas – (Balearic Islands)

Sopas mallorquinas is a traditional dish in Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands. Despite being called soup, it isn’t precisely a soup but more of a stew.

You will need cabbage, pork loin, ribs, butifarron (a type of sausage made with pork meat and pork offal), bread, mushrooms, tomato sauce, onions, paprika, parsley, olive oil, and salt to make this winter dish.

This Majorcan dish is very filling, so you don’t need to add any sides.

10. Sopa de marisco – Seafood soup

Whether it is a special occasion like Christmas or a romantic dinner with your partner, sopa de marisco is the perfect soup. This seafood soup is easy, delicious, and sophisticated too.

It is made with the best fish and seafood, from clams and mussels to langoustines and hake. The soup is beautifully cooked with fish broth, leeks, carrots, onions, and choricero pepper.

11. Sopa porrusalda – Basque-Country Style Vegetable Soup (Basque Country)

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Are you looking for a flavourful vegetable soup? Sopa porrusalda is the one. This typical soup of the Basque Country is rich in vegetables and very easy to prepare.

You will need chicken bones, potatoes, carrots, leeks, onions, parsley, olive oil, water, and salt. To make this soup vegetarian-friendly, swap the chicken bones for vegetable broth.

This dish is perfect as a starter, followed by a main course.

12. Olla de San Antón – San Anton Stew (Granada)

Olla de San Antón is a typical stew of Granada, especially during the San Antonio festivity celebrated on the 17th of January.

This humble and comforting dish is made with wheat grain, chickpeas, potatoes, pumpkin, onions, Nora peppers, and bay.

Serve with a few slices of bread or a light salad.

13. Suquet de pescado – Fish Stew (Valencian Community and Catalonia)

Suquet de pescado is a traditional fish stew that originated in the Valencian Community and Catalonia. In the beginning, locals used to make this soup with fish which was not easy to sell. However, it is now prepared with the best pieces of fish and seafood.

To make this delicious fish stew, you need seabass, monkfish, potatoes, tomatoes, spring onions, almonds, fish broth, garlic, and parsley. In addition, you can also add prawns.

This soup is rich in flavors and perfect for a special lunch or dinner.

14. Sopa Castellana – Garlic Soup (Castile and Leon)

All the way from Castile and Leon, sopa castellana is a delicious soup that you will want to enjoy on a winter day. It is made with simple and humble ingredients and doesn’t take much of your time.

Stale bread, eggs, garlic, water or chicken broth, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Some people also add serrano ham, but this is optional.

15. Jarullos Murcianos – Potato and Cod Stew (Murcia)

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Jarullos Murcianos is a typical dish of Murcia, usually prepared in winter like many other Spanish soups and stews.

The ingredients of this stew are unsalted cod, potatoes, flour, onion, ñora peppers, sweet paprika, cumin, bay, and salt.

This recipe is a synonym for comfort food, and it is made with delicious and healthy ingredients.

16. Oliaigua – Vegetable Soup (Menorca)

Oliaigua is an easy and budget-friendly soup typical of Menorca, Balearic Islands.

Peppers, plum tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, paprika, water, salt, and pepper are needed for this vegetable soup.

It is usually eaten alongside figs, melon, or bread; you can have it either hot or cold.

17. Gazpacho – Cold Tomato Soup (Andalusia)

If you fancy soup in summer, gazpacho is ideal because it is a cold and refreshing soup packed with vegetables.

The star ingredient to make this cold soup is tomato; you need high-quality tomatoes. In addition to tomatoes, it is made with peppers, cucumber, bread, garlic, Sherry vinegar, and olive oil.

It is delicious and healthy too. Enjoy it as a starter or a light meal to boost your energy.

18. Gazpacho Verde

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 Gazpacho Verde is a twist on the traditional gazpacho recipe. However, it will still keep you cool on the warmest days.

The ingredients for this green gazpacho soup are melon, green peppers, cucumbers, spring onions, garlic, wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt.

Once the soup is ready, add delicious toppings such as cucumber, onion, green pepper, and serrano ham cubes.

You can have this soup for lunch or dinner or as a starter in a small glass. 

19. Rancho Canario – Canary Island Stew (Canary Islands)

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One of the most popular stew recipes in the Canary Islands is rancho canario. It is characterized by being simple but delicious.

This stew contains chickpeas, short pasta, pork ribs, chorizo, tomatoes, onions, garlic, sweet paprika, saffron and water.

It is a fantastic recipe to enjoy on a winter day.

20. Sopa Navarra – Navarra Soup (Navarra)

Sopa Navarra is a flavourful soup packed with vegetables and meat.

Chorizo, serrano ham, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, leeks, onions, peas, green beans, spinach, chicken breath, olive oil, pepper, and salt are the ingredients to make this hearty soup from the Navarra region.

Although it takes time to prepare this soup, the flavors and textures won’t disappoint you.

21. Gazpachuelo – Hake, Prawns and Potato Soup (Malaga)

Are you traveling to Malaga? Then, you must try one of its most popular soups, called gazpachuelo.

This soup is made with hake, monkfish, prawns, potatoes, and a homemade mayonnaise that contains eggs, olive oil, and lemon.

If you love fish and seafood, there is no reason not to love this traditional soup.

22. Potaje de vigilia – Spinach, chickpeas, and cod stew

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This chickpea, spinach, and cod stew is a star dish at Easter. As its name suggests, vigilia refers to the religious tradition that involved the ban of meat during the Easter period.

The stew is made with unsalted cod, chickpeas, spinach, onions, sweet paprika, and bay and topped with a hard-boiled egg.

This hearty dish is perfect on a cold or rainy winter day.

23. Lentejas – Lentil Stew

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Lentejas is a typical Spanish stew that has been cooked for years. It is either you love or hate them. Not every child will enjoy this dish, but the reality is that it is packed with nutritious ingredients.

They are made with lentils, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, cumin, water, olive oil, and salt. However, it isn’t surprising to see lentils served with meat, such as chorizo, because it gives the dish extra flavor.

Enjoy this winter lentil stew with a few slices of bread.

24. Estofado de ternera – Beef Stew

If you are looking for a traditional Spanish meat stew, estofado de tenera is probably one of the most popular recipes.

This tasty dish is made with diced beef, tomatoes, carrots, white wine, brandy, flour, parsley, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

The tenderness of the beef alongside the vegetables makes this dish a favorite.

25. Patatas a la Riojana – Rioja-Style Potato Stew (La Rioja)

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Patatas a la Riojana is a hearty and rich-in-flavor stew typical of the La Rioja region. It is made with humble and affordable ingredients, but it won’t certainly disappoint you.

If you are ready to cook this stew, you need chorizo, potatoes, choricero peppers, onions, garlic, and olive oil.

It has a smoky, delicious flavor and is best served hot and straight from the pot.

26. Guiso de merluza con patatas – Hake and Potato Stew

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A comforting and flavourful stew is guiso de merluza con patatas.

It is made with hake, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, white wine, sweet paprika, olive oil, and salt. If you love parsley’s flavor, you can add it to the dish.

Enjoy this hake and potato stew with bread to dip in the sauce.

27. Ajoblanco – Garlic and Almond Soup (Malaga)

Are you looking for a vegetarian-friendly recipe? Ajoblanco is the one. This delicious cold soup is typical of Malaga, Southern Spain.

It has simple ingredients, but the flavors won’t disappoint you.

Almonds, stale bread, garlic, water, Sherry vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt are the ingredients to prepare this refreshing cold soup.

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Cristina Reina is a freelance writer and translator, and owner of My Little World of Travelling, a travel blog that shares local tips for beautiful locations and hidden gems in Spain, her home country, and the rest of Europe, so travellers can have better and more meaningful experiences abroad. Apart from her passion for travel, she also loves cooking and trying new foods in her free time.