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How to make a delicious Soupe z’habitants

Last updated on November 8th, 2022 at 07:14 pm

Soupe z’habitants is a Caribbean recipe full of flavor and best for rainy and cold days. This soup is exotic because of the marriage of flavors from the Caribbean. One of the best Caribbean soups you can make.

Are you exercising or dieting yet? Here is a simple soup for you to make if you’re looking for something different to eat. It is not your typical soup. It is tasty, quite flavorful, and full of common vegetables. The ingredients can be found in most supermarkets, and you only need a good pot. Get going and make Soupe z’Habitants or Soup z’Habitant today.

If you have some leftover ham from the holidays or a special dinner you had for your friends or family, this is a perfect soup for it. If not, you can always omit the meat or buy salted pork or beef.

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Soupe z’habitants

A few notes about Soupe Z’habitants

Long ago, due to poverty, many people were preparing soup with cultivated grasslands around their homes. Soupe Z’habitant would be made with any available ingredients because they could not afford meat. So they were forced to become more creative with their cooking by using green leaves and root vegetables.

Throughout the year, Soupe Z’habitant changed, with meat addition, preferably salted meat and fancier vegetables. Although many versions of the recipe for Soupe Z’habitant consist of blending all the ingredients into a veggie broth, this version is simple. I would not combine all the ingredients, especially not the meat.

I could just eat this soup with my eyes just by looking at all the beautiful colors. We eat with our eyes first and why not cook the way we want to eat, the way we want our food to look. Tasty and pretty!

Enjoy Soupe Z’Habitant with all your favorite ingredients, salted pork, spinach, green beans, potatoes, carrots, leeks, squash, onions, celery, and fresh spices. And don’t forget the bouquet garni, an essential ingredient.

what is a bouquet garni

Notes and Tips

  • You can also try the soup with uncured salted turkey
  • Gradually add salt and only if needed. Remember that the smoked meat contain a lot of salt.
  • Add your favorite vegetables
  • Use leftover meat
  • Try other spice blends to create different flavored soup.

Happy cooking!

Soupe z’habitants

Soupe z’habitant, prepared with simple everyday ingredients.
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Prep Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 13 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 1113 kcal


  • 1 – 1 ½ pound salted pork or beef sliced
  • 1 cup spinach chopped optional
  • 4 ounces green beans fresh and cleaned
  • 4 medium potatoes cut in cubes
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 leeks white part only, cleaned and chopped finely
  • 1 ½ cup cubed yellow squash butternut squash or any type of yellow squash
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 celery stalk sliced thinly
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bouquet garni parsley, thyme
  • 1 hot pepper habanero or scotch bonnet, keep whole, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a large bowl, desalt the salted pork or beef for at least 12 hours in cold water and changing the water 2 to 3 times.
  • Cut the potatoes, carrots and squash in cubes and set aside. Cut off the knobby ends of the string beans and set aside. Clean the leeks and cut thinly and set aside. Slice the onion and the celery stalk and set aside.
  • In a large stockpot, heat oil, add sliced meat, and cook gently stirring. Add bouquet garni, onion and garlic. Add leeks and celery to combine. Add remaining ingredients, add salt and pepper to taste and add enough water to cover all ingredients. Cover and let cook on low heat for about 1 – 1h 30 minutes. Add the hot pepper if using during the last few minutes of cooking – make sure it does not burst. Remove both hot pepper and bouquet garni and serve hot.


If pressed for time or if you forget to desalt the meat, boil the salted pork or beef in enough water until cooked. Remove from water and pan fry meat and add after the vegetables have been cooked.
You can use cooked/roasted ham or pork belly. Cooking time will be reduced if using cooked or roasted meat.


Calories: 1113kcalCarbohydrates: 251gProtein: 31gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 283mgFiber: 43gSugar: 38g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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