Portuguese Bean Soup
To wrap up this month of soups I am sharing a local Hawaii favorite, Portuguese Bean Soup.
Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines as a result of families immigrating to the islands to work on the plantations. In addition to several Asian groups like Japanese and Chinese, Portuguese also came to Hawaii. They brought with them many foods that have become local staples - pão doce (sweet bread), malasadas (doughnuts), and linguica (simply called Portuguese sausage in Hawaii). Portuguese Bean Soup is one of the dishes that has become a local mainstay.
|Redondo's is a popular local brand of Portuguese sausage.|
|A 7.25-quart pot filled to the brim|
This is a rustic soup so don't fuss too much when chopping the vegetables. You don't want them to be finely diced but you do want them to be about the same size so they cook evenly. When you first read through the recipe you may find it strange that the macaroni is cooked for such a long time. The macaroni shouldn't be al dente but neither will it be mush. Just remember that when you add the vegetables and macaroni, you start timing immediately, you don't wait until the soup comes to the boil first.
This is a great soup to feed a crowd or to make on the weekend for the coming week. Enjoy this taste of Portugal by way of Hawaii!