Sopa de Galets (Christmas Catalan Soup)

Sopa de Galets, a festive Catalan soup for Christmas in Spain, showcases large or small stuffed shell pasta in a flavorful broth. Simple, elegant, and loved by both kids and adults!

Sopas de Galets

Catalans usually make this soup from a big stew, Escudella i carn d’olla, with pork, beef, sausages and veggies. Although for Christmas, they usually eat solely the soup as a starter and a turkey, fish or other birds as a second. They would keep the broth from the second dish, the stew, and filter it to make this Sopa de Galets as the starter of the feast. In other words, they use homemade ultra-concentrated broth for this soup; on top of that, the fresh meat hidden in the pasta will give some extra flavour to this broth. A simple, elegant and flavourful dish perfect to warm up the bellies of the whole family.

A Few Variations

BIg sized Galets

I serve it as a main dish, but theoretically, it should be a starter. This dish has many variations; for example, some make meatballs (pelotas) on the side of the shell pasta. Other times, they omit the meat, serve the pasta in broth, or use chicken or other ground meat. Also, you don’t need to feel them all; you could fill half the shells, making it fun for the kids to know which bite will be meaty.

Grown-Up vs. Kid Version

Sizes of Galets

In Catalonia, they sell gigantic shell pasta that takes longer to cook; these are way more elegant on the plate, the fancier version, let’s say. Simple, standard-sized shell pasta works better for the kids, although make sure to cook them separately. The time it takes the pasta to cook, the stuffed meat will be cooked perfectly, and its fresh aromas (parsley and fresh garlic) will also transcend into the broth! It looks like a simple pasta and broth dish, but deep down, it’s much more.

The Importance of the Broth

For this Sopa de Galets recipe, I highly recommend a homemade broth, a butcher’s broth or the best quality you can find. Too often, the premade broths are filled with salt and nothing else. Investing in a good, tasty, clear broth is essential for this recipe. The broth usually contains a ham bone, beef, chicken and veggies, so you can choose a simple, flavorful chicken broth as long as it’s tasty. I’m living in Spain, so for this recipe, I’ve used a good quality broth that was specially made for this soup.

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Sopa de galets

Sopa de Galets

A traditional dish from Catalonia, Spain. A Soup made with shell shaped pasta filled with ground meat in a flavorful clear broth.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Catalan, Spanish
Keyword: broth, christmas, galets, meat, navidad, pasta, Soup, stuffed
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 400 g Shell pasta smll or big
  • 2 l mixed meats broth (beef, chicken, pork) or chicken broth

Filling

  • 200 g ground pork
  • 200 g ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumb
  • 1 handful parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • In a big bowl, mix all the filling ingredients.
  • With the help of a piping bag or small spoon, add the filling to the shell pasta, pushing gently the filling in.
  • Bring the broth to a boil, add the pasta following the intructions on the package.
  • Serve with the broth.

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Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1405mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Sopa de Galets
Amount per Serving
Calories
462
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.4
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
75
mg
25
%
Sodium
 
1405
mg
61
%
Potassium
 
359
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
57
g
19
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
22
g
44
%
Vitamin A
 
803
IU
16
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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12 Comments

  • Eva

    This looks delicious. I will buy the ingredients next time i’m at the supermarket

  • Lily

    5 stars
    So delicious and easy to make! I like using the small shells. A little more work filling them but easier to eat.

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    How elegant! I love hearing about holiday traditions from around the world. Did you know the Spanish also eat 12 grapes at each stroke of the clock going into the new year? So fascinating.
    This soup is so lovely, it would be the perfect start to any dinner party.

  • Asha

    5 stars
    This soup made a great starter for a recent dinner. I used a beautiful, high quality broth like recommended and it turned out lovely.

  • nancy

    5 stars
    wow these looks so delicious. i love how they are stuffed with goodies. Totally lovely meal the kids all love. thanks for sharing about this holiday tradition too

  • Sean

    5 stars
    If there’s one thing better than pasta, it’s stuffed pasta! I was unfamiliar with this soup, but I’m thrilled that I know about it now. Great tip re: the broth. In a situation like this you really want to maximize that flavour.

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