Argentinian recipe for Olympic football champions!

Argentinian football stars need all their energy, so this recipe for Plantain soup, which is actually more like a stew offers a hearty meal for all the family which is out of the ordinary!

Argentinian recipe for Olympic football champions

Plantain soup

Serves 4.  Prep time: 20 minutes.  Cooking time: 1 hour.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 -4 1/2 cups chicken stock or 4 -4 1/2 cups broth
  • 2 green plantains, peeled, quartered lengthwise & thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic.
  3. Cook, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes, or until onions are soft but not brown.
  4. Add 4 cups of chicken stock/broth and bring to boil over high heat.
  5. Add plantains, most of the cilantro (reserve a few tablespoons for garnish), cumin, and bay leaf.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Return to boil.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered for 40-50 minutes or until plantains very tender.
  9. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  10. Transfer half the soup to blender; puree until smooth.
  11. Return to the pan.
  12. If soup is too thick, add a little more stock/broth.
  13. Season with more salt/cumin if desired.

Source:, Plantain soup

Photography: Cookingwithcorey

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