Pal’s Family Portuguese Soup

bowls of portuguese soup with crackers on plate

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My Pal’s family’s Portuguese Soup is seriously one of the best soups I’ve ever had! It is so flavorful and hearty I had to get the recipe to share on the blog with you. Gluten-free recipe.


  • 1/2 TBS avocado oil (or other high heat oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large russet potato (about 1lb)
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 slices (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 medium head green cabbage, chopped
  • 13 oz smoked turkey sausage or andioulle sausage
  • 1 lb beef top sirloin
  • 3 cups beef broth (or chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 14oz can great northern beans, undrained
  • 1 14oz can red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 14oz can white cannelloni beans, undrained
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes & green chilis (like Rotel)
  • 3oz fresh spinach


  1. In large 12qt stock pot over medium heat, sauté minced garlic and chopped onion until fragrant (about 3-4 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile prepare veggies and meat: cut potato, carrots and cabbage; set aside. Cut sausage into 1/2″ slices then cut into quarters. Trim any excess fat off beef and cut into 1/2″ chunks; set aside.
  3. Once onions and garlic have cooked down add in broth, beans (undrained), tomatoes & green chilis (undrained), meat and all of veggies *except spinach*. Give soup a good stir.
  4. Let pot simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender and veggies are soft. Add in spinach during last 5 minutes and stir until wilted.
  5. Serve into bowls and enjoy this lovely hearty family soup.


Store leftovers in large covered container up to 1 week. Or freeze up to 3 months.


Keywords: family portuguese soup, gluten free soup recipe, healthy hearty soup