Have a case of winter blues? Luckily, Spain has a whole host of delicious cold weather dishes – ultimate comfort food!
Cheer yourself up with a hearty dish from our list of Spanish meals to try this winter! From the classic dish of lentejas, to the lesser known sopa de ajo, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your tastes.
1. Fabada Asturiana
For a taste of north-western Spain, indulge in a bowl of fabada Asturiana, a stew made of white beans, morcilla (blood sausage), chorizo and pork shoulder. Though it originates from the autonomous community of Asturias, this dish has become a national favourite and can be bought ready-made at most supermarkets. For an extra dash of Asturian flavour, enjoy your fabada with a cold glass of Asturian cider.
2. Cocido Madrileño
If you have a large appetite, your best bet is a cocido Madrileño. As the name implies, cocido Madrileño originated in the capital, and is a dish you must try while in Madrid. This delicious stew’s main ingredients include garbanzo beans, potatoes, chorizo, beef shank and pork belly. The stew’s flavors can be further enhanced with carrots, cabbage and morcilla.
Once everything has been cooked, the broth is separated from the rest of the ingredients and is used to make a Vermicelli soup. This soup is served as the first course, followed by a main course composed of the other ingredients.
Learn all about the cocido Madrileño (and have a taste!) on our popular daytime Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour— a complete food tour of Madrid!
3. Sopa de Ajo
Sopa de ajo is traditionally eaten in Palencia, a city in the province of Castile and León. In English it means ‘garlic soup’ so it’s no surprise that a key ingredient is garlic. What is surprising is the other key ingredient: bread! After the bread has been cut into chunks, it is served soaking in a broth of paprika and garlic and topped with a poached egg.
4. Caldo Gallego
We’re heading back up north again, but this time to the luscious province of Galicia. Here, locals fight the cold weather with a satisfying bowl of caldo Gallego. This savory soup includes bacon, white beans, potatoes, chorizo and cabbage. If you find yourself doing the Camino de Santiago during the winter months, order a large serving of caldo Gallego to warm yourself up after your long journey.
5. Sopa de Lentejas
Another legume-based dish, the simple but classic sopa de lentejas (lentil soup) is a well-loved household staple. This deliciously nutritious dish is easy to make using lentils, carrots, onions, potatoes, chorizo and some smoked paprika. Not in the mood to cook? Head over to a traditional Spanish tavern for lunch, chances are it’s on the menu.
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