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Recipe – Rancho, a soup from the Minho region

We Portuguese LOVE soup. From North to South, soup is a staple of our cuisine, and it does not matter whether it’s hot or cold outside. So for today’s recipe, we’ve got “Rancho”, a soup from the Minho region that could be a meal in its own right.


Here it is, for 4 servings.


  • 350 grams of chick peas
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 120 grams of macaroni
  • 250 grams of veal trotter
  • 250 grams of pork belly
  • 250 grams of “chouriço”
  • 250 grams of boiled beef
  • 1 dessert spoon of paprika
  • 1 dessert spoon of lard
  • 2 decilitres of olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Soak the chick peas for a few minutes
  2. Cook all the meat as well as the chick peas in water and add salt and pepper to taste
  3. Meanwhile fry the chopped onions gently in the lard and olive oil
  4. Remove the meat(s) when cooked and dice it in edible cubes
  5. Dice the potatoes in small pieces
  6. Add the potatoes, the meats and the macaroni back with the chick peas (the mixture should be think enough to stand a wooden spoon upright in it)
  7. Season to taste and serve hot
  8. Enjoy a soup that is a meal in itself!


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