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Algarve Bean Soup

Although the Algarve region of Portugal is best known for its fish dishes, beans are a popular staple of the Algarve diet. Algarve bean soup is a recipe which has been handed down from generation to generation of Algarve families.


Algarve Bean Soup 1 slice of pumpkin (optional)
1 onion
2 carrots
2 potatos
1 tin of beans
1 stick of celery with the leaves
1 litre of water
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 clove
Fresh mint (optional)
100g pasta shells
Salt (add to your preference)

Peel the vegetables and cut the pumpkin, onion, potatos, carrots and celery into pieces. Place the vegetables into a pot with 1 litre of water and boil for 20 minutes. Add half of the portion of the oil and the clove and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the beans, the remaining oil and season with salt and fesh mint. Cook for a further 15 minutes and serve hot.


Seafood Cataplana

There are many types of beans grown in the Algarve. Most of the local Algarve vegetable markets will have a varied selection of dried beans to choose from such as "feijao manteiga". The traditional Algarve bean soup is a mixture of beans, pasta and vegetables, which is usually served hot.