Soups – The Mainstay of the Portuguese Diet

Light or hearty soups, meaty or vegetarian friendly, have always been a mainstay of the Portuguese diet. From the very light tomato-free Gazpacho, created before the introduction of tomatoes to the heart-warming and hearty Kale Soup (Sopa de Couves), these soups of simple ingredients and satisfying flavor can be a meal in themselves, served with some crusty bread to dip in the broth.

Sopa de Espirito Santo (Holy Ghost Soup)

Sopa de Espirito Santo (Holy Ghost Soup),  from my book Portuguese Homestyle Cooking,  is version which happens to come from the island of Graciosa.   Serves 6 1 small onion, finely chopped 5 whole garlic cloves 1 bay…
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Soup Season Year Round!

I love the fall and winter for the heartier dishes that it calls for, but soup can be enjoyed year round. The easiest thing to make is soup. This particular soup does not have a name and not all recipes that one creates impromptu in your kitchen…

Creamy Turnip soup with White Kidney Beans (Sopa Cremosa de Nabo com Feijão Branco)

Stray pantry items make wonderful additions to a pot luck soup.  Though dried beans are better, canned, rinsed kidney beans can be used if time is short.  Be mindful of the salt content of canned beans. For the Beans:  2 …

Chill Chasing Soups

I don't know about you but when fall and winter's crisp chill air make me quicken my pace in the kitchen, cooking up soups and stews using the last of my garden's vegetables.  Still, even with the garden pretty much asleep, I…