Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Portuguese White Bean, Kale and Linguica Soup

1 lb pork and fennel sausage (linguica)
2 strips bacon, coarsely chopped

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large Vidalia onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 15 oz can cannellini beans

1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes

2 cups kale

Heat up olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add linguica and cook about 6 minutes, turning halfway through to brown both sides. Remove from pan and let cool (leave burner on).

Add onion, garlic and bacon chunks to pan. Saute for 5-7 minutes until onion is translucent. Add red pepper flakes and cook 1 additional minute.

Add tomatoes. Let mixture come to a boil, then let cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add cannellini beans and chicken broth. When soup comes to a boil, turn down so that it remains at a simmer.

Cook uncovered about 20 minutes, until beans are soft. While cooking, slice sausage into approximately 3/4 inch long chunks.

Add sausage chunks and kale. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until soup has thickened.

Serve with
crostini (Slice Italian bread, drizzle with olive oil then grill or cook in toaster oven).


  1. this sounds divine and healthy, there's a 1/2 portuguese girl I follow http://iloveflavourme.blogspot.com/ you might like her recipes also lol Rebecca

  2. Do you give me permission to make this without kale? My hubby is portugese and from experience, my kdis would eat this as long as there is no kale--none of us enjoy it. We love beans though

  3. What a perfect soup for this crappy weather we've been having - it sounds delicious and comforting!

  4. I love this soup...thank you so much for sharing the recipe...look forward to make it. Yummie!

  5. Sounds so healthy...mmmmm, will try this one day!

  6. Sounds great! I always make my grandmother's version of "Portuguese soup" and she uses chouriço. I'd love to try a different spin on it!

  7. Pois agora ja falas a minha lingua em culinaria...hehe Looks delicious, well done :) xx Rico|Receitas

  8. I grew up eating Portuguese Kale Soup and absolutely love it. I've never seen a recipe exactly like another one, either... it's all up to the cook! If you care to take a look at my recipe, it's up on my blog. :)

  9. This looks delicious!

  10. What a gorgeous recipe! So glad to have found it! And Chow and Chatter-so sweet of you to have mentioned me! :)

  11. This is really fantastic - I'm going to save this ASAP! From experience, I have a hard time finding Portuguese linguica (I've found it at only one store - an Eastern European sausage/deli market) but I will make the effort for something that promises to be so delicious!

  12. I am married to a Portuguese descendant from Hawaii and he makes his mothers version of Portuguese soup, which differs from her mothers soup and My husband makes his like his mothers, and now it is different because I suggested adding Kale to the soup and wala it is awesome!!! this recipe is by far the closest I saw yet, but, certain ingredients are missing. I will try this recipe.


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