Boil Up Recipe

Boil Up | Maori Boil Up | Boil Up Recipe | Pork Bones Soup
5 from 1 vote

Maori Boil Up

Easy as traditional Maori boil up recipe with lashings of both root and leafy vegetables. 

Dumplings, also known as "doughboys", often accompany the meal to soak up the soupy goodness of this pork bones soup. 

Try the substitutes list for meat and vegie variations.

Course Soup, Main Course
Cuisine Kiwi Style, Asian
Keyword Pork Bones Soup, Maori boil up, Boil up recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5 serves
Calories 806 kcal
Author Fare Bite Catering

 ★ Ingredients ★ 

Boil up

  • 1 kg meaty pork bones
  • 1 bacon hock
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large kumara
  • ½ pumpkin
  • 4 cabbage leaves
  • 1 large bunch watercress
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup water

 ★ Instructions ★ 

Boil up

  1. Peel and dice potatoes, pumpkin and kumara into 2cm cubes.
  2. Roughly chop the watercress and cabbage
  3. Slice onion and place with pork bones and hock in a large stockpot. Pour in just enough water to cover bones and hock, season with salt and then gently simmer for 1½ hours.
  4. Skim off any fat from top and remove bones, scraping off any remaining meat off the bones back in to the pot.
  5. Peel the hock, chop the meat then add it in.
  6. Add all vegies to pot and simmer a further 20 minutes.


  1. Lightly season the flour with salt.
  2. Gradually add water to form a dough. Break off small bits of dough and form 2-3cm balls.
  3. Place doughboys on top of boil-up, cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Don't lift lid while cooking. Larger doughboys will take a bit longer.

 ★ Recipe Notes ★ 

This pork bones soup is one of those dishes that seem to taste even better on the second or third cook.

Boil Up serving Suggestions

  • Serve your boil up in soup bowls with buttered bread on the side.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes.
  • Goes great on a bed of steamed rice.

Boil up ingredient Substitutions

  • For a healthier Maori Boil Up

    ➥ Lower Sodium
    Eliminate salt from boil up ingredients

  • Kumara
    Kumara is simply the Maori word for ( Purple )sweet potato. You can replace with any root vegetable you like.
  • Pork bones and bacon hock
    Pork chops, You can substitute with most kinds of meaty bones including beef, lamb or goat.

Boil Up Calories & Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Servings 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 806
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25.9g
Saturated Fat 7.6g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 170mg
Sodium 1060mg
Total Carbohydrates 71.4g
Dietary Fibre 9.3g
Sugars 9.3g
Protein 71.3g
Vitamin A 0mg
Vitamin C 0mg
Vitamin D 0mcg
Calcium 108mg
Iron 9mg
Potassium 2238mg
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.
2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
This nutritional label is a product of the online calculator at

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