Grandma's Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe

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Bowl of Grandma's Portuguese Kale SoupGrandma's Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe

To the Portuguese, kale is not just a garnish. Grandma's Portuguese Kale Soup is something Bob and I love to have at least every other week during our cold California winters. :)

Although I don't usually post recipes on our real estate blog (actually, this is the first one!) I wanted to share Grandma's Portuguese Kale Soup because not only is it yummy-licious, but it's also very easy and inexpensive to make!

Thanks to Bob's aunt who shared this simple, authentic Portuguese recipe to me from Bob's grandma. She passed away at the age of 97...and we think of her with every bowl of soup. :)

Here is a list of ingredients:

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 2 cups dried navy beans
  • 3-4 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 Silva "Linguica" portuguese sausage
  • 2 heads of kale

If you like the soup called "Zuppa Toscana" served at the Olive Garden, you'll LOVE Grandma's Portuguese Kale Soup!

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HERE ARE MY SIMPLE, STEP-BY-STEP "COOKING FOR DUMMIES" INSTRUCTIONS WITH PHOTOS

 

Brown the beef stew meat at medium heat in a large pot.
Beef Stew Meat

Add 12 cups of water; bring to a boil at high heat.
12 cups of water

Rinse two cups of dried navy beans.
2 cups of dried navy beans

Add the navy beans to the pot and bring to a boil.
Navy beans cooking in a pot

Cover the pot and let the navy beans cook.
Navy beans cooking in a pot

Rinse and scrub the potatoes, then slice them.
Sliced Yukon Gold potatoes

Add the potatoes and let simmer until done, then add water.
Let the potatoes cook.

Slice one portuguese sausage horizontally, then vertically.
Sliced Linguica - Silva Portuguese Sausage

Add the portuguese sausage to the pot.
Portuguese sausage in the pot

In case you aren't familiar with kale, this is what it looks like:
One head of kale

Tear the leafy parts off the stem and rinse in a colander.
Rinse the kale in a colander

Add the kale to the pot and stir well.
Add kale to the pot

Finish adding all the kale into the pot and stir well.
Grandma's Portuguese Kale Soup

Cover and simmer until the kale is dark green. Add salt to taste.
Grandma's Portuguese Kale Soup

Serve with warm, crusty bread for an authentic Portuguese meal.

Enjoy!

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Jane Peters
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Does this ever look yummy, Leilani. 

January 15, 2011 11:27 PM
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Tampa Bay, Florida Real Estate
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Hi Leilani. I am part Portuguese too and love Portuguese food. Your husband's aunt's recipe seems so much easier than the one that I make. I will give it a try. Looks  good especially with these cold nights. In Tampa Bay it's been about 35 °F degrees LOL

January 15, 2011 11:32 PM
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Bob and Leilani, this soup is definitely something we will try this winter.  Thanks for the recipe and the pictures =)

January 15, 2011 11:33 PM
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Marchel Peterson
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Results Realty

I have kale growing in my garden but did not have a clue what to do with it.  That is my favorite soup from Olive Garden so will be giving it a try. 

January 15, 2011 11:34 PM
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Anita Clark
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Like Marchel, that's my favorite O.G. soup.  Will bookmark your post so I can make this at a later date.  YUM!

January 15, 2011 11:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

It sure is, Jane...and I find it amazing that the most simple things in life can be just so darn delicious! :)

Leilani

January 15, 2011 11:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

Lana, this is by far the easiest Portuguese Kale Soup recipe I've ever come across...and I love it so much that I haven't bothered to try any others! :)

Leilani

January 15, 2011 11:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

You're welcome, Chris! I think the photos help for any beginner cooks out there...and if they entice someone into making a home-cooked meal, I'm happy. If they LOVE the soup as much as I do, I'm even happier! :)

Leilani

January 15, 2011 11:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Lucky you, Marchel! Kale is something I DEFINITELY need to have in my (future) vegetable garden. :)

Leilani

P.S. I love, love, love the Zuppa Toscana...and I think I love, love, love the Portuguese Kale Soup about the same, or maybe just a "touch" better because it came from Grandma. :)

January 15, 2011 11:54 PM
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
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Anita, that makes the 3 of us! I'm happy just having Zuppa Toscana with breadsticks at the O.G. No need for an entree! :)

Leilani

January 15, 2011 11:56 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

Leilani - I love to cook, and this recipe looks really wonderful and interesting.  I haven't cooked with kale before, so I'm anxious to try this out.

January 16, 2011 02:29 PM
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

Myrl, I've never cooked with kale before either...it was simply a garnish to me! Kale somehow makes the soup so delicious, it doesn't even need any herbs or spices. Just a little salt! :)

Leilani

January 17, 2011 07:25 PM
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Suzanne Strickler
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Leilani - My Nana used Chorizo, a spicier Portuguese sausage, to add zest to her soups. I will definitely try your recipe, it seems simple to do and looks tasty. Thanks for the pictures.  

January 22, 2011 01:12 PM
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

Suzanne, I've tried with Silva's "Spicy" Portuguese Sausage before and it was DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, I only found the "Regular" version at the store this time...and we don't live in San Jose anymore (where Silva's Sausage Company is located). :)

Leilani

January 22, 2011 05:13 PM
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Carol Clay
Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist
Looking Glass Realty

This is very similar to an Italian dish I make...I can't begin to spell it...but with a few variations. Escarole lettuce instead of kale and meatballs instead of sausage. Kale is sooooo good for you, I'm going to try this while the weather is still cool. Thanks!

February 02, 2011 06:20 PM
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

That's great, Carol! You are right, kale is really good for you...and if you ever feel like posting your Italian recipe, feel free to come back and post a link. I'd love to try it! :)

Leilani

P.S. I'm making kale soup for dinner again (it's supposed to get down to the 30's tonight!) and this time, I'm using the HOT linguica! :)

Hot Linguica - Silva Portuguese Sausage

February 02, 2011 09:29 PM
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