Kawlata – A Traditional Maltese Soup

This traditional Maltese vegetable soup is very popular especially when winter is approaching. It is a mouthful and deliciously combined with pork and sausage. It MUST go on your weekly winter menu!


  • pork shank (xikel)
  • maltese sausage
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 courgettes, diced
  • a wedge of pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 a small white cabbage, cut into squares
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • dash of olive oil


  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Heat up a large pot on medium heat and add some olive oil. Add the onion, courgettes, pumpkin, carrots, potato and cabbage and give them a good stir. Cover the pot and leave vegetables to sweat for about 10 minutes.
  2. Fill up the pot half way with cold water, add the shank and sausage and continue to fill up the pot with water until it covers everything. Stir in a tbsp of tomato puree and add the vegetable stock cube. Give all a gentle stir.
  3. Cover the pot again and bring to the boil. Once boiling, uncover the pot, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 1.5 – 2 hrs. You can add water along the way if you think it is reducing a lot and you prefer it more watery.

Top tip: When serving, we like to give it some seasoning with sea salt and crushed black pepper corns plus some grated Parmesan cheese, oh yes please!






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