With the frigid temperatures we’ve had all winter, I was craving something warm and hearty. Then my husband said, why not make some oxtail soup! Soup is generally pretty easy to make, and besides the time it takes to cook the oxtail, this one is no exception. Put everything in a pot and let it boil. Right?! Pretty simple. And that’s just what I did to create this flavorful winter cure.
Peel and chop your root vegetables…
Now for the soup…
Oxtail and Vegetable Soup (6 Large Servings)
2 lbs Oxtail
1 cup split peas
1 lb yuca/cassava (peeled and diced into 2 inch pieces)
3 corn on the cob (cut into halves)
1 large sweet potato (peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces)
3 yellow (ripe) plantains (cut into 2 inch rounds)
1 bunch of fresh spinach
1 large onion (diced)
5 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 tsp salt
1 tsp dried thyme
2 wiri wiri peppers (1 scotch bonnet or cherry pepper)
about 10 cups of water (total)
Trim as much fat from the oxtail as possible. Add oxtail and 1 tsp salt to a pressure cooker with 4 to 5 cups of water and cook for about 30 minutes or until oxtail is tender and falls off the bone. Add cooked oxtail, stock and about 4 cups of water to a large stock pot on medium heat. Add corn, split peas, onion, garlic, thyme, peppers and salt and cook until split peas is soft. Add yuca/cassava and cook for 10 minutes or until yuca/cassava is semi soft. Add remaining vegetables and simmer until all the vegetables have cooked and are tender.
Tips and Ramblings:
1. I made a large pot of soup and had in the refrigerator for a few days, eating it whenever I wanted to warm up. It was great!
2. This soup is not “healthy.” Oxtail is very fatty. But it is hearty. Go for a run, then enjoy a bowl.
3. If you are fortunate to live in a place where you have a good butcher and can get your oxtail from him/her, you can have him/her cut the oxtail into pieces for you. This makes cooking much easier and faster. My oxtail comes prepackaged in large chunks.
4. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook the oxtail on medium heat for about 45 minutes to 1 hour and it should be just as tender.
5. Adding the peppers whole will give flavor without the heat. I usual cut open one of the pepper at the end for a little bit of heat.
6. If you have a different recipe for oxtail soup, don’t hesitate to share.