|Preparation time||20 min|
|Cooking Time||50 min|
|Ready In||1 h 15 min|
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
Portuguese bean soup, or "sopa de feijão" in Portuguese, is a hearty soup that is traditionally made with beans, vegetables, and linguiça. The dish originated in the Azores, a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean that are part of Portugal, but it has become popular throughout Portugal and in many Portuguese communities around the world.
The soup typically includes ingredients such as kidney beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, and linguiça sausage or other meat. Some versions of the soup also include cabbage or kale. The ingredients are usually simmered together in a flavorful broth until they are tender and the flavors have melded together.
Portuguese bean soup is often served as a main course, accompanied by bread or rolls. It is a filling and nourishing dish that is perfect for cold weather or for when you need a comforting meal.
- In a large pot, cook the linguiça over medium heat until it's browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove the linguiça sausage from the pot and set it aside.
- Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until they're soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots, potatoes, and cabbage to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add the kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, and the cooked linguiça to the pot. Stir and bring to a boil.
- Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Season to your liking with salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove the bay leaf before serving.
- Serve the soup hot with crusty bread on the side.
Recipe Credit: Paula Costa