Portuguese Bean Soup

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 0 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

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).

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.


Most Helpful

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!

catsoplenty January 09, 2011

What can I say? A perfectly tasty and simple dish to make. Made a huge pot - must say I doubled most of the veg to the ratio of two smoked pork shanks (that's a lot of meat and flavour). Ate as much as I could fit into the body and froze the rest. re-heats beautifully. Thanks for a wonderful winter warmer - economical, easy and oh so tasty!

Shazzie October 03, 2009

Perfect! I did make changes like using veggie broth instead of water; one can tomato paste instead of 2 cans tomato sauce, and I forgot to put in the macaroni because the soup was already so stuffed with ingredients. I also made this the crockpot way - literally dumping in everything into the crockpot and cooking on low for about 8 hours. Thanks for a keeper.

buckybear206 March 25, 2008

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