This is the Portuguese Bean Soup that is sold at the annual Punahou Carnival which is always held in February. It it thick, and delicious! I found this recipe in the Honolulu Starbulletin and have used it with a large ham bone (leftover from Easter dinner) instead of ham hocks. Also, in Hawaii, we can find Portuguese sausage which is the same as linguica sausage.
- 1 -2 lb ham hocks or 1 -2 lb ham bone
- 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large potatoes, cubed
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 lb linguica sausage, cubed
- 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium head of cabbage, cubed
- Boil ham hocks or ham bone in 2 quarts of water until tender (save stock). Cut meat from the bones.
- Bring ham stock to a boil and add the cut meat and all the remaining ingredients except the cabbage.
- Simmer for 1 - 2 hours, stirring frequently.
- If too thick, add a little water.
- Add the cabbage, cook another hour until tender.
- Add more salt and pepper if needed.