Pal’s Family Portuguese Soup

bowls of portuguese soup with crackers on plate

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.


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