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Portuguese Bean Soup November 12, 2008

Posted by marksun in beans, friends recipes, soup.
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I got this recipe from Aunty Janet in Sept 87.   To be honest, it’s been quite a while since I made it so you’ll have to adjust the proportions some to your situation.  For example, my notes say “whole garlic”, not 3-4 cloves.  I have no idea what she meant now, although I suppose I could ask my cousins who I know have a variant of this recipe.  You’re going to want to use a large pot for this recipe which will make enough as a good side dish for a party.

  1. 1 lb dry pink beans
  2. 2 ham hocks
  3. 2 C tomato sause
  4. 3-4 garlic cloves crushed then minced
  5. portugues sasuage cut into small pieces
  6. 2 round onions, chopped
  7. 1 bunch celery chopped
  8. large cabbage head  chopped
  9. 1 C elbow macaroni

Cookbeans 1 1/2 to 2 hours in a big pot with the ham hocks  (or use a pressure cooker for the beans).  Cut up the ham hocks into small pieces.  Add the remaining  ingredients except cabbage and macaroni,  add water to cover and simmer about 10 minutes, then add the cabbage and macaroni and simmer for another 20 – 30 minutes to reduce the vegetables until tender.

Add water to keep the broth at a constant consistency.   This is a thick soup but you want there to be as much broth as the other ingredients.  Before serving remove the ham bones and gristle, and mix thoroughly.

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