Mama’s Portuguese Bean Soup

Welcome to the ultimate guide to making the best Portuguese bean soup!

First things first, let’s gather our ingredients:

  • 1 lb dried kidney beans
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Now that we have everything we need, let’s get cooking!

Step 1: Soak the beans. Place the beans in a large pot and cover them with water. Let them soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Drain the beans and set them aside.

Step 2: Saute the vegetables. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, and potato and saute for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

Step 3: Add the remaining ingredients. Add the soaked beans, ham, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and water to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the beans are tender.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy! Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Don’t forget to take a silly picture for Instagram!

And there you have it, the ultimate guide to making the best Portuguese bean soup. Now go impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!

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