Portuguese Bean Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Chilicat

This is a hearty soup that thickens naturally with the added potato chunks. It makes a BIG pot, but don't worry, it reheats well (just add more water as needed before reheating).

Top Review by catsoplenty

This recipe is most definitely a keeper!! It's thick and hearty and full of wonderful flavors!! I didn't have a ham bone or ham hocks but did have some ham broth from doing a spiral ham in my crockpot. I used the broth plus enough water to make the 8 cups of liquid and a ham slice cut into chunks......plus a package of kielbasa for the sausage. I left out the salt thinking there would be enough from the meats and broth .......which there was. I have a feeling this is one of those soups that I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! Thanks so much for posting.....this recipe will be used over and over in the future!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Simmer ham and sausage for 2 hours. Remove ham and cut into bite size pieces, then return to pot.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, onions, spices and tomato sauce. Continue simmering until carrots are cooked (about 15 minutes), then add beans and cabbage. Simmer until cabbage is wilted.
  3. Ten minutes before serving, add macaroni and stir well, then simmer until macaroni is cooked.
  4. This soup is easy to personalize to your own tastes, so feel free to add any other veggies (green beans are a favorite!) or ingredients you'd like.

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