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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Rest Time
8 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs
Fanesca is a traditional soup from Ecuador, typical of the Holy Week, prepared with cod, pumpkin, squash, and various pulses. It is enriched with cheese and milk.
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Ecuadorian, Latin American
Servings: 12 people
Author: Nita Ragoonanan
  • 2 lb dried salted cod
  • 7 onions , finely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 2 lb sambo (white squash, with soft and tender flesh)
  • 1 lb pumpkin
  • lb cooked peas
  • 1 cup yellow lentils , cooked
  • 1 cup chickpeas , cooked
  • 8 cups shelled corn , cooked
  • cups white beans , cooked
  • 5 cups fava beans , cooked
  • 2 cups lupini beans , cooked
  • 10 green cabbage leaves , cut into very thin strips
  • cup ground peanuts
  • 1 cup rice , cooked
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 4 quarts milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground achiote
  • ¾ cup creme fraiche
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 small bunch cilantro , chopped
  • Salt
  1. The day before, wash the salted cod and let it soak overnight in a large amount of cold water to rid it of excess salt.
  2. Cook the squash and pumpkin in water for 30 minutes and then purée.
  3. Add the peas, corn, fava beans, rice, white beans, lentils and chickpeas, all pre-cooked. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a frying pan, heat the butter over medium heat and sauté the onions and garlic, add the achiote, then the ground peanuts, the spices, and finally the lupini beans.
  5. Pour this mixture into a large pot, add the reserved purée and beans mixture, the cabbage leaves, milk and creme fraiche. Mix well.
  6. Cook covered on low heat for 20 minutes.
  7. Rinse the cod and add to a Dutch oven. Cook gently until it breaks down into small pieces and add it to the previous preparation in the pot. Mix well.
  8. Add the cilantro and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  9. To thicken the soup, add the cream cheese (or even a little more creme fraiche) just before the last boiling.
  10. Serve with:

    - Sliced ​​hard-boiled egg

    - Fried plantain bananas

    - Cream cheese

    - Strips of fresh hot pepper

    - Pickled white onions

    - Empanadas

    - Avocados