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Sopa de Pão com Água do Feijão (Bread and Bean Broth Soup)

Cooking 30 min Preparation 10 min 4 easy
Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Portuguese

Sopa de Pão com Água do Feijão (Bread and Bean Broth Soup)

Throughout Portugal, the love of soup is undeniable. Whether it’s at annual soup festivals or at shopping mall food courts, soups are heralded and everywhere! Open the fridge in any home, and you’re bound to see a Tupperware filled with it. Who needs cereal when you have homemade soup, right?

But it’s not just soup that ubiquitous in Portugal, bread is equally heralded. Therefore, it’s no surprise to find these two married in a perfect flavor fusion. It’s hearty, warm and delicious – just like a Portuguese grandmother’s love. 


  1. Boil the beans as instructed on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the onions and sauté in the olive oil with the bay leaves until golden; reserve.
  3. Tear apart the bread and place at the bottom of a pot/tureen. Sprinkle the bread with paprika and salt (to taste).
  4. Once the beans are boiled, drain them but save the broth (save the beans for other meals).
  5. Add the sautéed onion to the bread and cover with the bean broth.
  6. Garnish each bowl with a droplet of beans.