Ribatejo “Stone” soup

Posted: August 24, 2013 by nietize in Pork, Portuguese, Soup
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1kg dry red beans
750g potatoes
200g belly pork
2 pork ears
1 black sausage
1 meat sausage
1 fainheira – Portugese sausage made from wheat flour, pork fat and spice
1 big onion
2 cloves of garlic
3 soup spoon of olive oil
1 bay leaf
fresh chopped coriander
piri piri to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the red beans for 24 hours Scrape, wash and season thickly with salt pork ears, leaving them for four hours. Wash off the salt and boil them inside the water with all other meat and sausages, chopped onion, garlic and bay leaf. Add salt and pepper, if needed. Take out the all meat out from the water when half cooked and save.

To the remaining water add olive oil, soaked beans and cook. When the beans becomes soft, peel potatoes, cut them in cubes and add to the beans. Check the water level and spices.

Cut the pre cooked meat into small pieces and add to the pan with beans when the potatoes are cooked. Check the spices and add if necessary. If you like, add few drops of piri piri and let it cook for a bit.

Serve hot sprinkled with freshly chopped coriander.

I am reminded of one of my favourite ladybird books when I was young when I saw this recipe in the Portuguese cookbook that I brought back from Lisbon.


Essentially the story is about a tramp convincing an old lady that he can make soup from stone by getting to add more and more ingredients gradually. Anyway, as I didn’t have all the ingredients, I made this without some of the sausages in the recipe (I used farinheira (spoils from Lisbon) and chorizo) and clearly I didn’t use pig’s ears! It’s essentially a nice warming meaty soup.

  1. Georgiana says:

    Thanks , I’ve just been looking for information
    approximately this topic for ages and yours is the best I have found
    out so far. However, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the source?

  2. nietize says:

    Not certain about the source but it looks like this is a typical story in many countries – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Soup (“In the Portuguese tradition, the traveller is a monk and the story takes place around Almeirim, Portugal. Nowadays many restaurants in Almeirim serve stone soup, or sopa de pedra. Almeirim is considered the capital of stone soup.”)

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