Portuguese Kale Soup

by Jenn on February 26, 2009

in Budget,Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Gluten Free,Soups


Well, sort of.  Let’s just say I was “inspired” by Portuguese kale soup.   But I made so many changes that I don’t think you can call it traditional portuguese soup.  More like a really good spice sausage and kale soup.  My husband and I first discovered this wonderful soup on our honeymoon to Provincetown, MA, out on Cape Cod.  P-town (as so many of us call it) had a very strong Portuguese influence back in the day, back when the main industry was fishing and not tourism.  As such, a lot of that has carried through the years in this small town.   Everything in town had “linguica”, or a spicy Portuguese sausage in it.  Ok not everything, but a lot of yummy things.  And every restaurant served at least two soups – clam chowder and Portuguese soup.  Oh and for those of you wondering which restaurant had the best Portuguese soup around….I declare the winner was….Lobster Pot! OMG everything at that restaurant was fantastic.  If you are ever in P-town, make sure you go here!


So onto my version, which I attempted to recreate based on my memory of the soup:

This is also a very budget friendly meal: kale – $1.00, chorizo – $3.00, beans – $.30, onions – $.50 (I buy big bags cause I use a lot), garlic – $.15? celery – $.30? stock – $1.00? (I use Better than Bullion stock base because it is gluten free)
Total – under $2.00 per serving :)

Also notice that 8 oz. of meat stretches out to 4 meals.  That’s only 2 oz. of meat consumption per meal.  Enough to give flavor, but the star of this meal is the kale.

EDIT: I got SEVEN meals out of this soup!!! That’s almost $1 per serving!!

Submitted to Friday Foodie Fix

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

joan nova February 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Came across you via the foodie blogroll today…and I like what I see, particularly that Portuguese soup.


Erica March 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Thanks for the link to this soup – it looks delish and I am definitely going to try it out! I’ve added you to my Google Reader. :)


Rebecca March 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Looks good! I’m putting it on my list of recipes to try. What is linguica seasoned with? I might substitute it for turkey meatballs.


Jenn March 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I am not sure what exactly linguica is seasoned with, but for a pork sausage it is flavored with at least onion, garlic, and paprika. However I would not be sure of the amounts you would need to flavor turkey to recreate a similar taste, it might be fun to experiment!


Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang February 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Love this! I love soups with mini meatballs. Make them all the time. Will give this one a try too. Thank you for sharing it on Friday Foodie Fix.


Jenn February 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

Thanks! The sausage really gives it a lot of flavor that permeates into all of the veggies in the soup really nicely – and it’s my favorite way to eat kale!


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