Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Avo's Portuguese Vegetable Soup

This is one of my favorite soups that my Avo (grandmother in portuguese) makes.  It is made from very humble ingredients that you probably already have on hand. There are many variations of how to make this soup. Traditionally it is made with beans, turnips, and roasted tomatoes, but I only had potatoes and tomato paste and it came out just fine!

Avo's Portuguese Vegetable Soup
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 6-8 servings
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
4 small to medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 head savoy cabbage, shredded
6 cups water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon paprika
salt & pepper

In a large pot of med-hi heat, melt butter and add onions, celery, and carrots. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and saute for about 5-7 minutes.  Add potatoes and stir.  Add water with more salt and bring to a boil.  Continue to cook until potatoes are cooked though, about 20 minutes.  Once potatoes have become fork tender, remove pot from stove and begin to puree with hand blender.  Stop to add paprika and more salt and pepper.  Continue to blend until smooth.  Return pot back to stove on medium heat and stir in tomato paste. Add cabbage and bring to a soft boil.  Continue to cook cabbage in the soup until tender stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.  Serve with a soft portuguese roll! :)!

1 comment:

homestyleworldcook said...

Mmmm This sounds so good- love those simple rustic soups. I am going to try this with some of my homemade bread. Thanks for the recipe!


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