Nilagang Baboy

Nilagang baboy is a Filipino-style pork soup. It’s light, filling, and an easily customizable dish–add potatoes, cabbage, green beans, and many other vegetables. A perfect mid-week dish for cold and rainy days.

Pork Nilaga or Filipino Pork Soup

Nilagang Baboy: Filipino Pork Soup

Pork Nilaga is a staple dish on my monthly menu. It is easy to prepare and cooking is also a breeze. I love making it on cold rainy nights or just when I feel like I need more vegetables in my diet.

How to make a delicious Pork Nilaga

You start off by boiling the pork in a pot of water at high heat. Watch it for the first 10 minutes so you can remove the scum as it rises on top. Cover the pot with a lid so that the water will not evaporate while the pork is cooking.

Meanwhile, set your kitchen timer for 30 minutes and use the extra minutes in preparing the vegetables.

Once the pork is fork-tender, add your choice of vegetables starting with the hard ones such as potatoes, carrots, or sweet potatoes.

When the vegetables are halfway done, season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper. That’s it! Easy peasy!

pork and vegetable soup

Best pork cuts for Nilagang Baboy

You can pretty much use any cut of pork. But my favorites are pork ribs, pork belly, and pork butt or shoulder. Cooking time for these cuts is usually less than an hour.

Choice of vegetables

Pork Nilaga is an easily customizable dish. The list of vegetables you can make with it is almost endless.

  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • carrots
  • yam
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • long beans
  • saba banana
  • napa cabbage
  • cabbage
  • pak choy
  • other green leafy vegetables

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Pork Nilaga or Filipino Pork Soup

Nilagang Baboy

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A Filipino style pork soup full of healthy vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, and green beans. The pork is boiled until meltingly tender and the vegetables simmered creating a light, filling, and naturally sweet broth.
Servings4 servings
preparation time10 minutes
Total cooking time45 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 600 grams pork (cut into serving pieces)
  • 4 to 5 cups water
  • 2 medium size potatoes (cut into four cubes)
  • 1 med carrot (cut into pieces)
  • 1 large yellow onion (sliced)
  • 6 pcs green beans (ends trimmed and cut into two segments)
  • 1 med cabbage (cut into wedges)
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • green onions for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Boil pork and half of the onion in a pot of water until fork tender. Remove the scum as it rises. Note that cooking time may vary depending on the pork cut.
  • Add remaining onions, carrots or sweet potatoes and potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes until vegetables are half tender.
  • Season with fish sauce, salt and ground black pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Add green beans, cabbage and other greens. Cover with lid and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat. Let residual heat finish cooking the vegetables. Serve with a bowl of rice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • Recommended pork cuts for pork nilaga are pork ribs, pork belly, and pork butt or shoulder.
  • Cooking time will depend on the cut of the pork. The thicker the meat, the longer the cooking time.
  • Cover the pot with a lid so that the water will not evaporate while the pork is cooking.
  • Wash the meat thoroughly before boiling.
  • Other vegetable options: sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, long beans, saba banana, napa cabbage or pakchoy/ bok choy.
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Author : Mella
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : pork ribs soup, vegetable soup
Nutrition Facts
Nilagang Baboy
Amount per Serving
Calories
551
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
32
g
49
%
Saturated Fat
 
12
g
75
%
Cholesterol
 
108
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
155
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
1354
mg
39
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
9
g
38
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
31
g
62
%
Vitamin A
 
2770
IU
55
%
Vitamin C
 
108
mg
131
%
Calcium
 
143
mg
14
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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