Caldo Gallego ( Galician White Bean Soup) ( Portuguese)

Total Time
4hrs 40mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This is a recipe from Manuel Pena from his Portuguese cooking book.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the beans in water overnight.
  2. Blanch the salt pork or bacon by putting it into cold water, bring to boil, and then drain. Cube into dice.
  3. In a large kettle put the drained white beans, the two quarts cold water. the ham, the diced salt pork, cover and simmer two hours.
  4. Add the turnips, turnip greens, potato, sausage, and seasoning of salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and cook 1/2 hour or until the vegetables, and beans are tender.
  6. Cut sausage into slices replace them back into the soup and taste again for seasoning.
  7. Serve.
  8. Serrano ham is a raw smoked ham similar to prosciutto, it is sometimes hard to find, use large chunks of smithfield ham if you can't find either.


Most Helpful

This is definitly a hearty winter soup, its really good on those cold winter or rainy days. I like to add some carrots to it, for some extra colour, I always have turnips in my back yard, and yes I too am Portuguese.

Mia #3 October 29, 2008

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