October 20, 2008

Sopa de Feijao Branca e Legumes (Black Eyed Bean and Vegetable Soup)

Printable version here.

Soups are really not on my list of favourite foods. My husband and daughter, unlike me, love soup. When we eat out, they usually start dinner with a soup whereas the soup invariably ends up being my dinner. Soup fills me up so well, there’s never any space in my stomach for anything that follows.
When we are in the mood for a light dinner I tend to make heartier soups that would be a meal in themselves. This soup made it to our dinner table, one night last week, with home-made dinner rolls.

This soup is my version of a Portuguese soup that goes by this name. Soup, along with bread, is a very popular food in Portugal and their cuisine features quite a variety of soups. However, there is very little choice for a vegetarian, as most of their soups include meat. Even the soups made with vegetables would invariably have chorizo (pork sausage).
This soup is vegetarian.


1 tsp oil (or butter)

1 big onion, finely chopped

½ tsp garlic paste

2 bay leaves

4 cups water (or vegetable stock)

1 cup cooked black eyed beans

1 vegetarian stock cube (leave this out if using stock)

2 medium potatoes, cubed

2 medium carrots, cut into rounds

¼ cup thinly sliced cabbage

¼ cup sliced beans

3 tbsp tomato paste/ puree (I used

2 tbsp marinara sauce + 1 tbsp ketchup)

1 tsp chilli powder (or crushed black pepper)

salt to taste


Heat the oil, add the bay leaves and garlic paste. Stir a couple of times and add the onions. Saute till soft and add the 4 cups of water and stock cube (or stock). Bring to a boil. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Cover the pan and turn down the heat to low.

Let the soup simmer, for about 20 to 30 minutes, till the vegetables have cooked and the soup has reduced a bit in quantity.
Pour into bowls and serve hot with bread.

This recipe serves 4.

This soup goes to Sra of When My Soup Came Alive who is hosting Susan, The Well Seasoned Cook's event, My Legume Love Affair: Fourth Edition .
It also goes to No Croutons Required: Hearty Vegetarian Soups hosted by Lisa of Lisa’s Kitchen.


Priti said...

That's a nice and different soup for me...looks so yummy..and the pic is beautiful.

Happy cook said...

Here we love soup especially when it is cold.
This is really delicious looking and a hearty soup.

Rachel said...

nothing is as good as a bowl of soup and homemade bread!!!

Curry Leaf said...

Looks delicious,very filling and healthy with all those veggies and beans.

Bharti said...

That looks lovely and hearty. Soups are always in favor with me during Fall and Winter. But yeah I tend to avoid it in restaurants unless IT IS the main course.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious. I'll admit I really love soup. It's usually lighter than other dishes, which makes it especially appealing on weeknights when you've overindulged in heavy food on the weekend.

Ivy said...

Looks like a lovely soup.

sra said...

I think this is the first soup entry that I've got! I've been resolving to eat more soup and less solids this year :-) but the weather's refusing to cooperate!

Rosie said...

This looks such a lovely soup and perfect for the autumn time here in the U.K.

Rosie x

Priya said...

Tempting soup..looks awesome..

Lisa said...

This truly is a hearty soup. Thanks for this lovely entry!

Usha said...

Soup looks delicious, I am like that too, soup fills me up completely...I tried the baked methi muthia from your blog and gave it my own spin, if you would like you can check it out at http://veginspirations.blogspot.com/2008/10/wheat-and-chickpea-crackers-baked.html

jayasree said...

Of late, soups have become a regular for dinner. So I have another one to try out. Yours is quite filling too.

Jayashree said...

Both the soup and the roll look good. Your bowl of soup is a complete meal in itself.

Sunshinemom said...

I am a soup person too, and you will know what I mean when I have that with the yummy looking dinner roll:)

Aparna said...

Even if I say it myself, this soup was good. But the rolls were evn better. :)

And I am happy to be the first soup there, Sra. :)

I saw those muthias, Usha and your version looks even better.