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.

Chicken Soup with Kale and Lotus Flower Seed

Although in some areas it still seems like blazing July heat,  a heart-warming soup sometimes just makes a body feel good.  Here I have put together a Portuguese soup with Asian influence of lotus flower seed that is said to be high…

Kale Soup (Sopa de Couves)

    Serves 8 to 10 This soup is not a version of the deliciously delicate and classic Caldo Verde kale soup (Green Broth Soup) of the Portuguese mainland where a few slices of sausage are served as a garnish with more on the side. This…

Carrot Soup (Sopa de Cenoura)

Serves 6 Freshly harvested carrots, this is a truly wonderful dish that is easy to make and loaded with vitamin A. It's perfect for fall and makes a delectable first course dish for a Thanksgiving dinner. It is unique because a straight forward…

Pot Luck Soup - Sopa de Panela

Serves 8-10 Since there is a lot of utilizing what is on hand, it could be said that with the exception of a number of soups, a Portuguese cook might never serve the same soup twice. My aunt made this "sopa de Panela" thirty years ago in my…