Chicken Chili Soup


Melissa has been kind enough to share recipes in the past and here’s another. Melissa is my colorist, friend, and a perfectionist. So anything she shares with me I know will be delicious. We share common ethnicity and our love of Portuguese food. She loves linguica as much as I and gave me a quick pea soup recipe with linguica I’ll be posting soon too.

Forgive me Melissa if I tweak this a bit. If you are a true Portuguese cook you use your hands as measuring utensils and taste for correction.  It’s perfect!

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Go To Food

Go To FoodMy “go to” when I’m home on a rainy day, or when I’ve eaten too much over the Holidays, or when I’m looking for a no meat meal that satisfies. The ingredients are simple and nourishing. Today, I’m making one of my favorite soups, Basque Vegetable.

Keep this recipe handy for the perfect “go to.” You’ll love the simplicity. It’s delicious!

Try my soup recipes. You’ll love them!


Pozole Verde Soup Portuguese Style

Pozole Verde SoupThree bowls later I’ve decided this is a keeper. My guy friend checking out the local sports bars in Visalia fell for Rookie’s Posole Verde Soup. Three days in a row or was it four! His excuse was Fitbit steps as each day around noon off he went walking Main Street. I’m not sure if he topped it off with a draft, his usual reason for stopping at Rookies. But he couldn’t say enough about this soup. I decided then and there to create Posole Verde Soup, my style, Portuguese style. Would you believe I’m not the first to use linguica.

Chicken or pork or a combination is most often used for the authentic Mexican style soup or stew. Posole or Pozole means hominy, a main ingredient. And verde is everything green; tomatillos, jalapeños, poblanos, avocado, cilantro and lime.

What fun creating this soup! And yep, I did have three bowls to determine just how much I loved it. The lime adds just what’s needed to bring forth the flavors. So, don’t skip it!

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Portuguese Egg & Bread Soup

Portuguese Egg Soup


Not exactly a soup or stew but just as hearty!

This is a quick recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Totally vegetarian unless you’re inclined to add a little linguica or chouriço … more as a garnish. No chicken broth … it’s not needed! The flavor comes from the garlic, cilantro and the crusty stale bread. It’s absolutely delicious.

All comes together in about 15 minutes.

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Portuguese White Bean Soup

White Bean SoupAdd a little less broth and you’ll have Portuguese White Beans. Love, love, love this soup. Add greens, spinach, kale, swiss chard or turnip greens for a more complete meal. Chop these pretty fine to speed the cooking. This is just the perfect soup for our rainy days.

If you’re looking for a sweeter (and I mean sweet!) Portuguese White Bean Recipe try this.

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Potato Soup Recipes

It’s that time of year!

Potato Soup Recipes


2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 Sweet yellow onion-diced
4 Medium white potatoes-cubed, the larger you make the cube the longer the cooking time
8 Ounces green beans-ends removed and broken into bite size pieces, frozen cut green beans in a pinch
Whole milk to cover over the top of the vegetables
Salt and Pepper to taste




Potato Soups

2-3 thin slices of bacon
1/2 yellow onion-diced, no big pieces please
2 Jalapeños-diced (optional)
1/4 Cup butter
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups of chicken broth (low sodium, low fat or not)
2 Russet Potatoes-peeled and cubed (thickens the soup)
4 Red potatoes-scrubbed and cubed (maintains texture even after cooking for long periods)
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 Cup Half and Half (or 4% or 2% milk)
3/4 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Amazingly simple and tasty. For complete recipes …

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