Monday, December 15, 2014

Portuguese Soup

My mother in law is of Portuguese descent, a Govia. She often made what she called Portuguese soup, and we loved it. Hers was pretty much made with smoked sausage and cabbage and ketchup.

I looked up some other Portuguese soup recipes online and saw several that included squid. This was exciting to me because calamari is one of my favorite things to eat. Many of the recipes I found used kale or collard greens. I wanted to stick with my mother in law's cabbage for my husband's nostalgic sake. I knew that adding the squid to mom in law's was a little risky, however popular it was in the other online recipes. But of course I loved it!

Nothing authentic about my recipe.....I like to mix everything up. If you want traditional, Google on....

  • 1 pound of Linguica or smoked sausage sliced in rounds
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 quart of garlic - infused chicken broth
  • 1 can of clams with juice
  • 1 head of savoy cabbage, shredded.
  • 1/2 cup of diced green onions
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound of calamari
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste, or more, to taste
  1. Brown the sausage in olive oil over medium heat. Add green onions and bay leaves.
  2. Add broth. Bring up to a boil.
  3. Add clams with juice, then shredded cabbage.
  4. Add tomato paste and calamari. Reduce heat to low.  Simmer until ready.
  5. Add more water and salt, to taste, if desired.

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