Kawlata & Soppa Tal-Armla Recipes

The Maltese people are very fond of these two soups. Especially popular during winter time, these hearty vegetable soup recipes are sure to become your favourite too!

The first vegetable soup recipe is that of the Soppa tal-Armla which means Widow’s Soup. This is perhaps the most traditional Maltese soup of the two. The other one, which is also an easy vegetable soup is called Kawlata. It’s essentially a vegetable and sausage hot pot, and is extremely tasty!

Enough talk. Here are the recipes. 

Widow’s Soup (Soppa tal-Armla)


2 onions (sliced)

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 carrots

A stick of celery

1 small cauliflower

2 potatoes

100g (or 3.52 oz) of both shelled peas and broad beans

6 poached eggs

250g (or 8.81 oz) ricotta

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Sautee the onions in some olive oil. Add the tomato puree mixed with a tumbler of warm water, and stir it into the frying onions. Add the carrots, the celery, the cauliflower and the potatoes. These should all be sliced and diced. Also add the peas and beans. Pour in enough water to cover, season, bring to the boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for about an hour or until vegetables are cooked.

Add poached eggs. Cut the ricotta into pieces and add to the soup. Cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Tip: Many also like to add some sheeps’ or goats’ cheese together with the ricotta. This soup can also be eaten with a few Maltese bread slices. 

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Vegetable Soup with Sausages (Kawlata) Ingredients

250g (or 8.81 oz) pumpkin

1 kohl rabi

4 carrots

Half a cabbage


4 small potatoes

2 onions

6 Maltese sausages (you can also use half a kilo or 1 lb and 1.63 oz gammon instead)

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If you’re using the gammon, soak it overnight. If you’re using Maltese sausages, these should be fresh pork sausages. Cover the gammon or sausages with water and bring to the boil. Remove any scum. Add the vegetables. Simmer gently until the meat is done.

If you wish, you can remove the meat/sausages after it has cooked. (You can have this meat with some bread and fresh veggies as a sandwich). Some people also like to add some small macaroni beads (or barley) in the soup, then they cook for some 15 minutes more. This will make the soup even more tasty. 

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Note: All vegetables should be cut into chunks (not too small).

We hope that you've enjoyed these Maltese soup recipes and that you will try them. 

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