Chock-full of vegetables, thick with kidney beans and gently seasoned with garlic and anise, this soup typifies the Portuguese way of cooking. It needs only about 30 minutes to simmer.

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Recipe Summary

1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook hot and sweet sausages in a Dutch oven over medium heat, breaking them up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.

  • Stir in water, potatoes, celery, zucchini, onion, tomatoes with their juices, beans, olives, garlic, aniseed and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 12.9g 26% DV; carbohydrates 32.3g 10% DV; dietary fiber 5.2g 21% DV; sugars 4.2g; fat 7.5g 12% DV; saturated fat 1.7g 8% DV; cholesterol 27mg 9% DV; vitamin a iu 79IU 2% DV; vitamin c 24.6mg 41% DV; folate 28.9mcg 7% DV; calcium 40.3mg 4% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 17.2mg 6% DV; potassium 659.9mg 19% DV; sodium 506mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Tasty & filling soup with a very subtle aniseed flavor. I omitted the olives as I don't care for them and added a little salt to make up for their absence. I found that the recipe made only 8 x 1.75 cup servings not 12 as suggested. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love it! I made it in a stock pot instead of a Dutch Oven. I also doubled the recipe. It is fantastic and I will make it again. I found it to be flavorful with the right amount of zing! I only had one tsp. of anise left in my container. I wasn't able to double that but it was still great! Pros: Filling and easy! Cons: None! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty soup! I doubled the garlic and added crushed red pepper as "delicate" and "subtle" flavoring translate into "tasteless" in my book! I also had to add a little salt. This was a pretty good soup all in all...I had to transfer to a stock pot as all the veggies did not fit into my dutch oven. Pros: low in calories Cons: Read More