Portugal: Jagacida Recipe

I made the acquaintance of a young lady of Portuguese descent. She shared that a staple dish on holidays is Jagacida. With a little digging, information came to light that this dish is also very popular in Cape Verde. It is called Bean and Sausage stew in Cape Verde.


  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 ounces linguica sausage, 1/2 cup minced (chourico or Portuguese)
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 1 1 5 oz. can of beans (lima or kidney)
  • salt, pepper and paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh parsley
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

DIRECTIONS: Cut up onions in a 2 qt. pan and simmer until golden brown in oil (of choice). Add 6 cups of water to onions and season (to taste) with salt, pepper, paprika, bay leaves and parsley. Bring to a boil and add 3 cups of rice. Lower heat, add beans (of choice), cover pan and simmer for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is cooked. Turn off stove and let stand.

Can also be served with chicken.