Locro de Zapallo

Locro de Zapallo

David Loftus

Pumpkin Casserole. My Great Aunt Otilia used to make this locro at her house in Lima. It’s an Andina dish by origin, but it has variations using different meats all over South America. This straightforward and quick version is my favourite. I like it served with white quinoa, but you could use white rice, if you prefer.


Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Picante de Huevos, amarillo chilli paste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
500g pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 4cm cubes
1 large potato, peeled and cut into 2.5cm cubes
250ml vegetable stock
50g broad beans
50g choclo corn kernels or sweetcorn kernels
50g peas
100ml single cream or evaporated milk
50g white quinoa, cooked
100g queso fresco or feta, roughly broken
chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve
freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or casserole over a low heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 10 minutes until soft, then add the garlic, chilli paste and oregano and stir for a further 2–3 minutes until the garlic has softened slightly and everything is well combined.
  2. Add the butternut squash and the potato, then cover with the vegetable stock and bring the liquid to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until the butternut squash and potato are just tender and the liquid has reduced a little. Add the broad beans, the choclo or sweetcorn, and the peas, cover again and simmer for 5 minutes more until the broad beans are just tender. Add the single cream or evaporated milk and stir to combine. Cook for a further 1–2 minutes, uncovered, to heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve the stew in shallow bowls with the quinoa and the cheese on the side, and sprinkled with a little chopped parsley.
Martin Morales
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