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Portuguese Recipe: Sopa da Pedra de Almeirim (Stone Soup)

Cooking 30 minutes Preparation 20 minutes 8 - 10 easy
Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Portuguese

Sopa da Pedra, made from simple and inexpensive ingredients, is a tale that resonates profoundly in a struggling global economy that has forced people to take a step back and conserve and create from that which they absolutely need. And with any luck, we are sharing our limited resources with others, recognizing that it takes a community to care for an individual. Click here to learn more about the legend of Stone Soup

To make the soup yourself, I have included the translated recipe of Sopa da Pedra de Almeirim for your reference. There are also variations of the recipe from other regions in Portugal which include cabbage, carrots and pasta, but I like this one the best.

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  • 2 large cans of kidney beans or fresh
  • 1 pig’s ear, blanched and sliced thin
  • 1 large chouriço negro or firm type of blood sausage
  • 1 large mixed meat chouriço or mediterranean smoked sausage
  • 5 1/2 oz. pork belly, fatback or bacon
  • 1 3/4lbs. potatoes, cubed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch of cilantro/coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Boil the kidney beans with the pig’s ear, sausages, pork belly, onions, garlic and bay leaf.  
  2. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. If necessary, add more water while it’s boiling. 
  4. Once the meat is cooked, take it out and reserve, then add the diced potatoes and cilantro to the pot. 
  5. Let the potatoes cook. 
  6. Remove the pot from the heat, add the previously chopped meat back in and a well-washed stone.
  7. Serve in a soup terrine and enjoy!

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