Punahou Portuguese Bean Soup

"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."
photo by Christian K. photo by Christian K.
photo by Christian K.
photo by Dessert Rose photo by Dessert Rose
photo by Gina G. photo by Gina G.
photo by Dessert Rose photo by Dessert Rose
photo by Dessert Rose photo by Dessert Rose
Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • 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.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Delicious! I use whatever I have on hand. If you don’t have ham, use smoked turkey drumsticks. You can use whatever sausage you have also, Hillshire , smokies etc. It always comes out delicious.
  2. I added Italian sausage and fried the meats with onions first before putting all in the ingredients into the pot. Added some other spices like parsley, cumin and basil. Left out the cabbage since I did't have any. Best tasting Portuguese Bean soup.
  3. I bought Portuguese bean soup every year at the Punahou Carnival. I moved back to Mexico and my son and I have been craving Portuguese bean soup. I found this recipe and was really happy to make it but I had to make substitutions for things I cannot buy here. I had to soak and cook my own dried kidney beans, use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, and I used Spanish chorizo instead of Portuguese sausage. The flavor was spit-on though. Mahalo nui loa for providing the recipe so I can make it at home.
  4. This is a great recipe and tastes just like the one at the carnival. I make it when I'm missing home after moving to the mainland in 2016. I put all the ingredients except the cabbage and macaroni into my crockpot on high for maybe four or so hours then add them in about an hour before we're ready to eat. I always sub the water with chicken stock/broth and that helps get the seasoning just right. When just using water I always thought it needed more salt.
  5. haven't made yet


  1. I switched out the cabbage and added brussel sprouts instead. My family loved it!
  2. This recipe was on point! Onolish! Small kine tweak: used -1 1/2lb ham (cubed), 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (in addition to the tomato sauce), added 1-2 cups of kale, and made it in the instapot, 30 min with quick steam release at the end, boiled the macaroni separate and added it at the end. Everything else followed recipe.
  3. I only added 1 can of beans and left out the potatoes and cabbage, mainly because of personal taste and I forgot the potatoes. Still delicious!
  4. This recipe was a real crowd pleaser. I made a few adjustments. <br/><br/>To cut down on fat:<br/>I put the ham hocks in the crock pot, covered it with water/chicken stock, added some herbs available (fresh thyme,basil,sage) and left it to cook overnight. In the morning, the meat was tender and falling off the bone so I could "pull the pork" into bite-sized pieces and throw the bones away. I cooled the crock pot down then stuck it in the refrigerator overnight. The rendered fat hardened and I could easily scoop it out and throw it in the trash (yuck! it is amazing how much fat is on those ham hocks).<br/><br/>to reduce the acidity of crushed tomatoes:<br/>I replaced the crushed tomatoes with 2 cans of tomato soup<br/><br/>To prevent mushy macaroni:<br/>I undercooked the pasta (5 minutes only), then added it to the soup just before serving.<br/><br/>Masako, Mahalo for sharing this recipe!
  5. I made this soup for dinner yesterday in the crock pot. Only changes I made were I had two smoked turkey wings instead of ham hocks and I used regular kielbasa instead of linguica. Soup was outstanding, all my kinds loved it as well as husband. Only change I will make going forward with all my soups is I am going to cook the pasta separately and just add to the bowls so it does not get mushy. Will definately make again.


I love to travel therefore, I have learned to eat all kinds of ethnic foods. I try to duplicate recipes of foods that I've particularly enjoyed during my travels. I cook alot of oriental dishes since this is what my husband prefers and enjoys. However, my grandchildren prefer spagetti, pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs over my gourmet cooking. My biggest critic is my husband. <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/adoptedspring08.jpg">
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes