The tripe most used and available in the Caribbean is cow's tripe. It is a meat that requires long cooking and so the best tool to use to make Tripe Soup is a pressure cooker. Of course the soup can be made in a regular pot but it will take at least 2 - 3 hours to be cooked enough so that the tripe is tender.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Rest time for dumpling dough: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: Serves 6
- 2 Tsp oil
- 1 cup diced onions
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
- 2 lbs cow tripe, cut up
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup yellow split peas, soaked overnight
- 1 lb. pumpkin (calabaza squash), cut into large chunks
- 2 lbs. green plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
- 6 - 8 okra
Heat oil in pressure cooker.
Add onions and saute until translucent, 2 - 3 minutes
Add 3 sprigs of thyme and saute for 1 minute
Add tripe along with salt and pepper to taste and saute for 4 minutes.
Add 6 cups water, stir and cover pressure cook and let cook for 45 - 50 minutes. Time begins from the first whistle.
Add peas and enough water to make soup, cover pot and let pressure for 5 minutes. Time begins from the first whistle. Release pressure cooker valve to let out steam and open pressure cooker.
Add pumpkin, plantains and remaining thyme. Cook until plantains for almost melting. (Do not close pressure cooker at this stage, just rest the cover on top of the pot).
Add okra and dumplings to pot, cover and let cook for 6 - 8 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.
Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Stir and serve.