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Pumpkin Chickpea Soup

Pumpkin chickpea soup, Grão com abóbora in Portuguese, is a a very traditional kind of soup that is done in Portugal, mainly coming from Alentejo and Algarve regions. This stew/soup usually starts with several parts of pork meat and chorizo that are stewed with the chickpeas, almost at the end, the pumpkin and other vegetables are joining in (potatoes, carrots, etc.), those vegetables are changing according to the place where this soup is cooked. The recipe on this post it is the vegetarian and simplified version of that soup. Why vegetarian? Why would I want to change something that is already so good? Because…we all could use a bit less meat these days and you get a more healthy soup without giving up the flavour. Also, I substituted the potatoes with pasta, I really think the pasta is great here. Ingredients: Soup (serves 3) 350g of pumpkin 500g of chickpeas 200g of pasta (I chose tubettini rigate but any macaroni) 1 medium onion 1 clove of garlic Olive oil Salt Black pepper Cheese Toast Dark …

Monkfish Fish Pasta Soup

  Fish pasta soup is a traditional dish from Algarve. I can tell you that this soup will be very much appreciated by both fish and tomato fans, so if you are one of the previous or know one, you should have this soup in your cooking repertoire. (Serves 4) Ingredients: 1 big white onion 2 big garlic cloves Olive oil Salt Black pepper 1/2 dried bayleaf 2 home made big tomatoes water 2 or 3 stripes of red pepper (stripes with the thickness of a thumb) 2 small chillies (remove the seeds) 1 handful of coriander leaves 120g of pasta  small macaroni 700g  of monkfish cut in fillets Preparation: Start by cooking some onions, garlic and bayleaf until they are golden brown. Chop the tomatoes in smaller pieces, add them to the onions and let it cook for about 15 minutes. Add some water to the tomatoes, let it cook for 10 minutes more minutes, season it with salt and pepper and only then use the immersion blender to puree the soup (add the water …