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Portuguese Recipe – Creme de Grão (Chickpea Bisque)

Cooking 20 min Preparation 10 min 3-4 easy
Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Portuguese

If you’re not coming to Portugal for a fabulous food tour, then follow our recipe for a taste of Portuguese cuisine at home!

Soup has always been a significant source of life for our elders, who as children worked sun up to sun down in the fields—and come rain or shine. 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. This light and delicious soup is no exception.

It’s safe to say that “Caldo Verde” (Kale Soup) is likely the most famous of Portuguese soups. Its garlicky puree and toothy kale, finished with “Chourico” (smoked sausage), is a delight. But despite the popularity and ubiquity of Caldo Verde, Creme de Grão is equally delicious and fulfilling. 

If you’re looking for more recipes, check out our book on Northern Portuguese Cuisine, or book a custom Portuguese food tour with us today!


  • Bag of chickpeas
  • Large onion
  • Mint
  • Olive oil
  • Salt


  1. Boil the bag of chickpeas as instructed on the package and add the diced onion.
  2. When cooked, puree everything in the pot (a handheld blender works best). If it’s too thick, add a bit more water and boil (Note: It’s bisque, so it should be on the slightly smoother side).
  3. Add about two/three drizzles of quality olive oil, salt (to taste) and freshly-chopped mint.

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