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Portuguese Bean Soup Recipe


Though named Portuguese Bean Soup, this comforting dish hails from Hawaii, combining smoked ham hocks, macaroni, kidney beans, various veggies, and the namesake, Portuguese sausage.

Why this Recipe Works:

  • Flavor Depth: The smoked ham hocks infuse the soup with smokiness and richness.
  • Texture Contrast: A medley of textures from tender meat, succulent sausage, macaroni, beans, and veggies.
  • Balanced Nutrition: A nutritional punch from meat, beans, and a mix of vegetables.
  • Versatility: Suitable for both regular dinners and special occasions.


  • Portuguese Sausage (Linguiça or Chouriço)
  • Smoked Ham Hocks
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion, Carrots, Celery, and Garlic (chopped)
  • Tomato Sauce & Diced Tomatoes
  • Waxy Potatoes (like yellow or red)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Watercress (can be substituted with arugula or spinach)


  1. Broth Base: Boil ham hocks in three quarts of water. Reduce heat, simmer for 2 hours. Remove, cool, and separate meat from bones. Retain broth.
  2. Sausage: In a pot, brown the sliced sausage in olive oil. Remove and set aside.
  3. Veggies: Sauté onion, celery, carrots, and garlic until softened.
  4. Soup Formation: Combine broth, sausage, ham hock meat, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remaining Ingredients: Add and cook in stages:
  • Potatoes (20 mins)
  • Kidney beans and cabbage (20 mins)
  • Macaroni (10-15 mins)
  • Stir in watercress off heat.

6. Final Touches: Adjust salt to taste. Let it sit for 30 mins to meld flavors before serving.

Portuguese Bean Soup Recipe


  • Refrigerate in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
  • Freezable for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight and reheat on stovetop.


  • Broth: Allow ample time for ham hocks to infuse the broth.
  • Stages: Adhere to the cooking timeline for best results.
  • Deglazing: Use broth to deglaze the pot after browning sausage.
  • Serving: Pair with crusty bread for an enhanced dining experience.

Enjoy a Hawaiian twist with this delightful soup that promises a burst of flavors and textures in every bite!

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