Sopa da Pedra (Portuguese Stone Soup)


Sopa da Pedra (Portuguese Stone Soup)

Stone Soup is a Portuguese  folk story in which a hungry stranger convinces the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that begins with a stone in a pot. The story exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. 
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Servings 12


  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 8 oz morcella blood sausage
  • 8 oz chouriço sausage
  • 10 oz pork belly
  • 1 pound potatoes cubed
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop your onions, garlic, potatoes, cilantro, and pork belly
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  • Peel and slice the carrots in coin shape. Slice the Chourico in coin shapes.
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  • In a hot pot add some olive oil and sauté the chopped pork belly for about 10 minutes.
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  • Add the carrots onions and Bayleaf to the pot cook for an additional 10 minutes
  • Add 3 quarts of water about. liter. also add the potatoes, bring up to a simmer.
  • Add the chopped garlic, 1/2 of the chopped cilantro and morcella sausage - cook for about 15-20 minutes
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  • Remove the morcella; then let in cool for about 5 minutes and slice.
  • Add the chouriço sausage, red beans and morcella blood sausage to the pot.
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  • Cook for an additional 10 minutes -the potatoes should be tender and easily pierced with a fork
  • Finish with more chopped cilantro and serve. (ABOUT 12 SERVINGS)


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The famous Sopa da Pedra, to
whose origin refers Teófilo
Braga in his collection of folk tales
tales, Traditional Tales
of the Portuguese People: a friar
beggar knocked on the door of
a farmer who denied him
alms. Because he was
very hungry, the friar decided to
to use his imagination
and trickery and asked permission
to make a "caldinho de
stone", which immediately
caused strangeness and piqued the
curiosity of the people of the house.
He began by putting a
stone into a pan of water, the good
the good friar says that it is a stone
says that it is a
delicious soup and then, little by
little by little, he suggests some
ingredients that would make it
even more delicious: a little
of olive oil, some beans,
then some cabbage, a piece
of bacon, another of sausage
and another sausage, with a
a little salt. Curious, the owners
the owners of the house were responding to
each of the suggestions. Everything
simmered for a long time. The broth
smelled like a treat.
Then he took a piece of bread from his saddlebag and
of bread and got ready to eat
slowly. After he had poured
the pot, the stone remained at the bottom.
The people of the house, who
eyes on him, asked him:
- O Mr. Friar, what about the stone?
- The stone... I will wash it and take it
with me for another time.
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