© John Kernick
Active Time
40 MIN
Total Time
Serves : 4

In Puerto Rico, cooks use fresh pigeon peas, which aren't readily available in the mainland United States. The dried variety can take up to two days of soaking, but you can substitute 1/2 pound of brown lentils, which can be cooked right out of the bag in only 45 minutes. Plus: Soup Recipes and Tips

How to Make It


In a medium saucepan, combine the pigeon peas with the stock, water, Classic Sofrito, cilantro and ham and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, skimming occasionally, until the peas are tender, about 2 hours. Add the squash and simmer until it is tender, about 10 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the ham, cut it into 1/2-inch pieces and return to the stew. Discard the cilantro sprigs and serve.

Make Ahead

The stew can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


Dried pigeon peas are available at Latin markets or by mail order from Earthy Delights; 800-367-4709).

Serve With

Steamed rice.

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