Puchero is a soup from the Andean zone, a bit like Sancocho Costeño. It is a hearty soup with a lot of roots, tubers, and vegetables, on the facing page, as well as beef, chicken, and pork, which makes it perfect for a one-dish meal for a family gathering or winter dinner party. If you cannot find arracacha*, add some ripe plantain* in its place. Wash the skin of the plantain well, cut into 1½-inch pieces with the skin, and add to the soup in place of arracacha.
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