Vegetarian Gandules (Pigeon Pea) Soup

What are gandules, you ask?  They are pigeon peas and my mother gives me a few cans every time I visit her because she says she can buy them cheaper in Chicago than I can in Minnesota (it’s true). Unfortunately, I don’t cook arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) as much as many Puerto Ricans do so I tend to have cans pile up in  my cupboard.

Goya Gandules (Pigeon Peas)

Since my mother will be coming to visit next week (along with her two sisters) I was brainstorming with other people on what to feed them. One relative suggested making gandules soup. So I scoured the internet for recipes but found that most of them had ham in them and since I don’t eat ham, I had to concoct my own recipe.

So I ventured where no man, er, woman, has gone before (well, not really but it sounds good!) … I made up my own recipe. And so I will share my vegetarian gandules soup with you. I have to say that the soup tasted “the day after.”


  • 1 can Goya gandules
  • 2 cups vegetarian broth
  • 4 red or white potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 package Sazon (if you don’t have sazon you can omit it and just add other seasonings like salt, pepper, thyme, etc.)
  • Sofrito (to taste), this can be purchases already made or click here for my homemade recipe
  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium sized pot, add the vegetarian broth, potatoes, sazon and sofrito and stir everything until it’s well blended. Cook through for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  2. Open the can of gandules and drain the water from it. Rinse the gandules under cold water then add them to the pot.
  3. Add the cooked rice to the pot.
  4. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Cook through for about 15 minutes.
  6. Add additional water if you feel it’s getting too thick but make sure you adjust the seasonings also.
Vegetarian Gandules Soup

That’s pretty much it!  A very simple soup to make. Serve it with crackers or bread. Yum!

[amazon_link id=”7842953813″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Goya Gandules Verdes - Green Pigeon Peas 15-ounce Unit (Pack of 9)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0004MXOFM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Goya Sofrito, 12-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B001M073SO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Goya Sazon Jumbo Pack, 6.33-Ounce Packages (Pack of 3)[/amazon_link]


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4 thoughts on “Vegetarian Gandules (Pigeon Pea) Soup”

        1. Lately I’ve been using the Vegetable Broth that Trader Joe’s sells. Any brand would work though.

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