Easy Portuguese-Style Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7 hours


17 servings (4-1/4 quarts)

Updated: Mar. 14, 2022
One day I was looking at Portuguese recipes and decided to put together a bean soup that embraced the bright and spicy flavors of Portugal. My family liked it so much, it became a classic in our household. To save time and work, the sausage, vegetables and herbs can all be prepped in minutes with a food processor. —Steven Vance, Woodland, Washington
Easy Portuguese-Style Bean Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound linguica sausage or smoked sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry white wine or additional chicken stock
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 orange zest strip (3 inches)
  • 1 lemon zest strip (3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley


  1. Place the first 20 ingredients in a 7-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaves and orange and lemon zest strips.
  2. Transfer 4 cups soup to a blender; cool slightly. Cover; process until smooth. Return to slow cooker; add green onions, cilantro and parsley. Heat through.

Can you freeze Easy Portuguese-Style Bean Soup?

Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add a little broth if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 235 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 893mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 14g protein.

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