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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Portuguese Bean Soup

Type of Cuisine: Portuguese
Provided By: Bruce Jacintho
From: Kalāheo

Bruce Jacintho learned how to cook by watching his mom. Along with homemade bread, soups were made often because it fed a lot of people. Although the recipe has changed a little over the years, Bruce continues to make his mom's Portuguese Bean Soup for the family. Of course, our favorite ingredient is Bruce's watercress!


1ham shank
15 oz. cantomato sauce
15 oz. cankidney beans
1potato, cubed
1 ½ cupelbow macaroni
1 bunchwatercress


  1. Boil ham shank for 1 hour
  2. Let cool, then shred meat from bone
  3. Add water – enough to cover shank
  4. Add tomato sauce, kidney beans and cut potatoes
  5. Bring to a boil then add elbow macaroni
  6. Once the macaroni is cooked, add the watercress
  7. Stir, cover, then turn off the heat

Recipe submitted by Bruce Jacintho