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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.

Keyword bean soup, Caribbean Recipes, caribbean soup, soup recipes
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