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Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup)

Course Soup
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword Chouriço, kale, Portugal, Portuguese, sausage, soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 -8 Servings


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 ounces Chouriço or Spanish Chorizo
  • 1 large Spanish onion diced
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2-4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 8 cups cold water half can be chicken stock
  • 1 pound kale or collard greens middle stems removed


  • In a large pot, drizzle olive oil over medium heat. Slice the Chouriço into 1/4 inch thick circles and add to hot oil. Fry until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove sausage, keeping all the drippings in the pot.
  • Add the diced onions and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent. Stir in garlic slices and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the diced potatoes and cover with the water. Bring to a boil, then decrease heat to medium low. Simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Use an immersion blender (or carefully transfer to a blender) to puree the soup.
  • Slice the kale into strips as thinly as possible.
  • Bring the soup back to a boil, stir in the kale, reduce heat, and simmer until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately with Chouriço.