Spicy Red Bean Soup


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.

20 or more servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 6 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 ½ cups ketchup

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound linguica, casings removed

  • 1 pound chourico - Portuguese smoked pork sausage

  • 5 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • ½ pound spaghetti


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

387 Calories
18g Fat
41g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1283mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 479mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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