This is a hearty soup served by my grandmother at many family gatherings. It is an absolute favorite. Tastes even better the next day! It is made with linguica, which is a slim Portuguese sausage heavily flavored with garlic. Linguica can be found in Latin American markets and many supermarkets.

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Servings:
20
Yield:
20 or more servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine the oil and the onion. Saute for 5 minutes, or until onion is tender. Add the paprika, ketchup, water, soup mix, salt and pepper and stir well. Cut the linguica and chourico into 3 inch pieces and add to the soup.

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  • In a food processor or blender, puree the beans in small batches and add to the pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Add the potatoes and simmer for another hour. Break the spaghetti into 3 to 4 inch pieces, add to the pot and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until spaghetti is tender.

Nutrition Facts

387 calories; protein 17.5g 35% DV; carbohydrates 41.3g 13% DV; fat 17.6g 27% DV; cholesterol 35.9mg 12% DV; sodium 1283.2mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2003
I am 75% Portuguese and I grew up on this soup. My 86 year old full-blooded Portuguese Grandmother STILL makes me this soup every time I visit. It is a cultural thing! It isn't for everyone but for those of us who grew up on this ethnic taste it is like a trip back in time. My husband and honorary Portguese has struggled to "duplicate" my Grandmother's recipe AND my mother's. He can't do it. This soup comes close. Thanks Scotty! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2002
This soup is a lot more sweet than spicy probably because of the amount of ketchup in it. It is somewhat reminiscent of baked beans. Anyhow it was not what we expected and it was quite a lot of work for not a very impressive meal. Will not be making this again. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2002
This soup is a lot more sweet than spicy probably because of the amount of ketchup in it. It is somewhat reminiscent of baked beans. Anyhow it was not what we expected and it was quite a lot of work for not a very impressive meal. Will not be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2003
I am 75% Portuguese and I grew up on this soup. My 86 year old full-blooded Portuguese Grandmother STILL makes me this soup every time I visit. It is a cultural thing! It isn't for everyone but for those of us who grew up on this ethnic taste it is like a trip back in time. My husband and honorary Portguese has struggled to "duplicate" my Grandmother's recipe AND my mother's. He can't do it. This soup comes close. Thanks Scotty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is one of the best soups I have ever had. The aroma will keep you hungry all day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This soup was great! The only thing I changed was to add more water as with the amount called for it was too thick. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2010
This was ok for me it was a little to sweet....I cut the ketchup in half....if I make this again I will leave out the potato and use less pasta Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2010
I treated this recipe as a skeleton and made changes based on what I had around the kitchen. I substituted one can of tomato soup instead of the full amount of ketchup used just half a pound of polish sausage and added extra cherry tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes I had hanging around. A shake or two of cayenne pepper is very nice also. Be sure and eat it the next day because the onion soup flavor is overpowering until all the other flavors have a chance to mix and come out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2003
I have been asked for this recipe every time I've made this for someone new. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
We made this soup at work and lots of people tried some. It was hard to not be tempted by the fragrant smell flowing through the office all day. And the soup was fantastic and yes even better the next day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
This soup is a favorite at all the family gatherings in Florida. We all come from Fairhaven MA and grew up with many of our Portuguese meals made by our grandmother and our great aunts. Tastes like being back home. Read More
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