Portuguese Market Soup

November 10th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , ,

I found myself in the engaging country of Portugal lately. The countryside, the people and the food are all a delight to experience. On one fine fall day we were treated to a family style dinner that filled up our tummies and tantalized our tastebuds with soup. Soup is one food you can never make a mistake on, but just perfect over time. This one’s a keeper, give it a try!

Ingredients
5 washed sliced leeks
5 washed, peeled carrots
3-5 washed, peeled, cubed potatoes
2-3 peeled garlic cloves
dash salt
5 Tablespoons olive oil
water
cabbage

Instructions
1. Add all of the ingredients except the cabbage to a medium pot, adding water until 2/3′s full. Raise heat to high to boil then simmer for an hour. Ensure the vegetables are fork tender. Remove from heat and cool.
2. In the meantime core and clean a small cabbage and boil in water in a different pot until the leaves are tender. Remove cabbage and cool. Remove leaves and chop. Put aside.
3. Puree the vegetables and water from your soup pot. Add in cooked, tender, chopped cabbage leaves.
4. Heat before serving and enjoy with a crusty roll and fresh ground pepper.

Commentary
This soup is food for the soul and will be worked in to my repertoire of fall and winter hearty foods. You can sub in other ingredients such as shallots or onions in place of leeks should you have them on hand. Check out your veggie crisper and use up what’s hanging around in the back of your drawer, perhaps.

It’s a perfect time of year to make and enjoy a new soup recipe, especially a Portuguese family specialty. Even better if you’re trying keep a watchful eye on your intake as a healthy and stealthy strategy to help you eat less. It fills you up and never lets you down, enjoying before your main meal while taking the edge of your appetite.

Enjoy this and you’ll have a bom dia, indeed!

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2 Responses to “Portuguese Market Soup”

  1. Rosa says:

    ai que saudades.

  2. admin says:

    I’m guessing Rose approves!

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