Portuguese Peasant Soup
1 lb. dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight
3 quarts chicken stock (or more if necessary)
12 strips thick-sliced smoked bacon, diced
1 lb. chorizo, sliced
3 med. yellow onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 med. potatoes, scrubbed and diced
4 med. carrots, scrubbed and diced
4 med. turnips, scrubbed and diced
1 small cabbage, cored and chopped
4 bay leaves
1 Tbs salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped cilantro
Simmer the beans in the chicken stock for about 2 hours, or until they are just
In a soup pot, saute the diced bacon until it has rendered
Add the chorizo, onions, garlic and saute until they begin to
Add the diced potatoes, carrots, turnips, cabbage, bay
leaves, and kidney beans.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and
cook for another 1/2 hour, until the vegetables are tender.
Add cilantro just before serving.