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Menorcan Oliaigu

Born from the necessity to utilise locally abundant ingredients, this hearty soup showcases Menorca’s bounty of fresh produce, including tomatoes, capsicums, potatoes, green beans and figs. The inclusion of chickpeas, a staple legume in the Mediterranean diet, further underscores the dish’s connection to the region’s gastronomic traditions. Beyond its ingredients, Oliaigu embodies the spirit of Menorcan cuisine through its simplicity, warmth, and rustic charm.

Serves 4 (30-40 minutes)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green capsicum, diced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (canned or cooked from dry)
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crusty bread, for serving
  • Fresh Figs, for serving
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Press play on your Menorca retreat radio to cook to
  2. In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, green and red capsicum, and diced potatoes to the pot. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth, and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the chopped green beans and cooked chickpeas to the pot. Stir in the paprika, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Let the soup simmer for another 5-7 minutes, or until the green beans are cooked to your desired tenderness.
  7. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more salt, pepper, or paprika according to your taste preferences.
  8. To serve, ladle the Oliaigu into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley. Serve hot, accompanied by fresh figs and crusty bread for dipping and soaking up the flavorful broth.


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