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Frank DeLima's Portuguese Bean Soup

Frank DeLima cooked two of his Mom's recipes on the set of Cooking Hawaiian Style: Malasadas and Portuguese Bean Soup.  If you  get a chance, try to catch his episode on OC16 - He is absolutely hilarious and destroys the set with laugher!  You can watch Frank DeLima's episode for the next two weeks on http://OC16.tv - You will laugh!
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Portuguese
Keyword: Frank Delima, Portuguese, Bean, Soup, bean soups recipe, beans soup recipe vegetable, hawaiian bean soup, portuguese bean soup, cooking hawaiian style, malasadas, portuguese bean soup recipe, OC16, laughter
Calories: 3513kj
Author: As Seen On OC16


  • 4 lbs. Ham Shanks (you can mix ham hocks and ham shanks if you want)
  • 2 large mild Portuguese sausage
  • 1 small bag of elbow macaroni
  • 1 bag Taro Brand Just Enough diced onions
  • 2 russet Potatoes
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 big bunch watercress
  • 1 bag Taro Brand Just Enough Stew Cut carrots
  • 1 bag small kidney beans
  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 3 cloves minced garlic 


  • Put Ham Shanks/ham hocks, sliced onions and minced garlic in a large pot.
  • Fill pot with water up to 6 inches above hamhocks/shanks.
  • Bring to boil then simmer on medium heat util meat falls of the bone (4-5hrs).
  • Remove the skin and bones.
  • Put in dry small kidney beans and boil util beans are half cooked (about 1 hour).
  • Add all vegetables (stew size) and bring to boi,
  • l then turn fire off and let steep for 20 minutes.
  • Add cooked macaroni when time to serve soup. Keep mac separate or it will melt. 


Calories: 3513kj | Carbohydrates: 155g | Protein: 446g | Fat: 117g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 830mg | Sodium: 2505mg | Potassium: 11496mg | Fiber: 38g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 1734IU | Vitamin C: 487mg | Calcium: 967mg | Iron: 54mg