Portuguese Bean Soup Weekend

After watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I got inspired to give this cooking thing a try. Cooking, like real estate, is one of those things I feel I would be good at if I gave it a go. You know how you just have that feeling? Anyway…

After scooping a top secret(?) Portuguese Bean Soup recipe from a couple of co-workers (mahalos to Matt and Lance!), the lady and I took it (and the “ingredaments”) to the parentals’ crib yesterday afternoon to try it out. They summoned me to help them set up their wireless network, so in exchange, I “borrowed” their pots, pans and electricity to do the deed. 😛

It got rave reviews, but I’d still like to perfect it, especially the process. Buggah took hours upon hours to finish. *sigh*

Now I know I can’t get outta here without sharing the recipe and/or some shots of the dish, so I will duly oblige. But since I don’t know how top secret the co-workers’ recipe is, I’ll protect my life and type up a generic one modified from a recipe the lady has in a book.

1-2 pounds smoked ham hock
2 cans kidney beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
3 cans beef broth
2 cans tomato sauce
3 large potatoes, cut into cubes
4 carrots, cut into cubes
1 Portuguese sausage
1 head cabbage

(In the voice of Aunty Marialani) In a large pot, place the ham hocks, kidney beans, garlic and onions, and cover with water. Simmer for approximately 2 hours (skim off fat while cooking). Pull out ham hocks, strip meat off bones, and replace in pot. Dispose of bones. Add the rest of the ingredients (except cabbage) and simmer for 1-2 more hours. Add cabbage and cook until soft and part of soup. Optionally: add elbow macaroni.

The ingredaments for step 2
The “ingredaments” for step 2

Photo of soup cold (yeah, I forgot to take it hot)
Photo of soup cold (yeah, I forgot to take it hot)

Talk to me:
* Any tips or secrets on how to make your Portuguese Bean Soup a winnah?
* Any recipes of your own to share for the married couple to be?
* How did you spend your weekend?

Have a happy Monday y’all!


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