• Jessica Mendes

A Portuguese Styled Soup for the Soul


I make this soup from time to time because it's rich in Portuguese flavors and it's delicious. With all the times I've had my mom's delicious home made soup she'd make for me when I would come home on late nights, I decided to try making one of my own using some of the flavors she uses, because let's face it, nothing beats traditional home made cooking. This is very similar to "caldo verde," except I added beans and left some potatoes cubed as opposed to puréeing all of them. I call this a savory vegetable soup with Linguiça. It has a nice potato base and a flavor to leave you drooling and wanting seconds. It's DELICIOUS & best of all, it's gluten-free!

If you have a Portuguese significant other and want to impress them with some traditional home made cooking, or even bring it to a family gathering this would be a great dish!

What You'll Need

3-4 garlic cloves (Us Portuguese LOVE Garlic)

1/2 white onion

2 tbsp of olive oil

5 medium sized potatoes

1 20oz can of beans (preferably pinto, red, or white kidney)

1 cup of thinly sliced collard greens

1 linguiça link

4-6 cups of water

1 3-quart saucepan or stockpot

An immersion blender (to purée potatoes) or 1 tbsp of corn starch for thickness

Seasonings:

1 1/2 tbsp of chicken flavor bouillon

1 tsp of garlic salt

1 tsp of paprika

1 tsp of lemon pepper

Time To Cook!

1. Begin by putting the stove on medium heat and put in the olive oil & linguiça, chopped garlic, chopped onion and mix in the saucepan. Let it simmer till it caramelizes.

2. Take out linguiça and set aside. You will be putting the linguiça back in as the last step. The fat and oils of the linguiça are good for flavor and we need to take out the linguiça so we can purée the potatoes.

2. Pour 4 cups of water & 2 chopped peeled potatos and bring to a boil. Once potatoes are tender, use the immersion blender to soften to make the broth thick. (*NOTE: If you do not have an immersion blender, use 1 tbsp of corn starch before pouring in potatoes.)

3. Peel remaining 3 potatoes & cut in 1/4ths.

4. Add in remaining potatoes, sliced collard greens, and can of beans.

5. Mix in the seasonings & bouillon and occasionally stir.

6. Put in sliced linguiça link and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

7. Make sure there is enough water covering everything as the soup will start to thicken and lose its broth.

Once everything is nice and tender and the soup has enough flavor to you, then it is ready to be served! You can add your own seasoning(s) of course. This was just my way of making it, and my husband and I loved it. Please comment below after trying it and add suggestions if you'd like. Bon appetit, now you may eat! :)

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