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Stone Soup Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tammy Olson
Added: Friday, November 9, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 cup dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight in enough water to cover by 2 inches (3 cups)
8 cups water
1/2 pound chourico or salpicao, thickly sliced
1 bay leaf
1 small white or yellow turnip, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 2 cups)
2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 small carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped Savoy cabbage

Directions:
Directions:
Drain and rinse the beans, then place in a 5 quart stockpot. Add the water, sausage, and bay leaf to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer over medium low for 15 minutes, skimming off an impurities. When the sausage is tender, remove from the pot. Remove the casing and cut into medium cubes and reserve. Add the remaining ingredients except the cabbage. Simmer 45 minutes. Toss in the cabbage and simmer until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Return the reserved sausage to the pot, heat through, and serve the soup hot with plenty of crusty bread.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8-10
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
According to one Portuguese version of the universal folk tale, sopa de pedra was created by a monk who traveled the countryside in search of a meal. Knocking on door after door, he asked for food. None of the villagers had a scrap to spare. Finally, in desperation, the monk approached one more family and asked to borrow a large kettle. A puzzled lady of the house complied. He took out a stone from his sack and placed it in the empty kettle. He asked if she could spare some water. At once, the helpful villager brought a pot of water and added it to the empty kettle. "How much better this soup would taste if only I had an onion," cried the monk. Quickly, the woman gave him an onion for the pot. "What wonderful flavor garlic would add to my soup," the monk said. The woman's daughter brought him a fistful of garlic. And so it continued, until the monk had filled his kettle with tasty ingredients provided by the unsuspecting family, and the enticing aroma of stone soup filled the air. Leaving them with the stone with which to make their own batch, he left.

 

 

 

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