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How do you make Cuban garbanzo bean soup?

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To make a simple Cuban garbanzo bean soup, brown cubed pork loin and caramelize onions before adding them to chicken broth, garbanzo beans, garlic and a diced pepper. Variations on this recipe include using tomato sauce and adding other vegetables.

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A basic Cuban garbanzo bean soup uses 2 pounds of cubed pork loin, 2 cans of garbanzo beans, 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 small onions. Additional ingredients include 6 minced cloves of garlic and 1 minced jalape�o pepper. This pressure-cooker recipe allows for quick cooking that takes only 10 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure until the dish is ready for the table.

For a more advanced recipe, replace the pork loin with 2 chorizos cut into single-inch pieces and 1/4 pound of diced Canadian bacon. Use only one diced onion; replace the jalape�o pepper with a seeded and diced green pepper. Add a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce and a single cup of dry white wine to a large pot instead of using chicken broth and cube a large baking potato. Brown the meats and caramelize the onions along with the green pepper and add the other ingredients. Simmer for at least 45 minutes and serve with garlic bread.

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