This Spanish cocido hails from Madrid and is a hearty all-in-one meal, perfect for a chilly winter evening. Serve with bowls of noodle soup.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
55 mins
8 hrs 10 mins
9 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place chickpeas in a bowl and cover with plenty of cold water. Soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Drain.

  • Combine beef shank, chicken thighs, pork belly, chorizo, beef bone, and ham bone in a pressure cooker. Cover with cold water and bring to a simmer uncovered. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.

  • Add chickpeas and season with salt. Close cooker securely and place pressure regulator over the vent according to manufacturer's instructions. Heat until steam escapes in a steady flow and makes a whistling sound, about 5 minutes. Adjust temperature until regulator is gently rocking. Cook for 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add cabbage and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cabbage, season with salt, and cook until cabbage is tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • When cook time for the meat is up, let pressure release naturally according to manufacturer's instructions, 5 to 10 minutes. Unlock lid and remove. Strain meat stock into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add orzo to the boiling stock and cook, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, arrange the cooked meat on a serving platter surrounded by chickpeas. Serve with cabbage on the side.

Nutrition Facts

1308 calories; protein 74g; carbohydrates 108.4g; fat 65.2g; cholesterol 152.8mg; sodium 1449.3mg. Full Nutrition