Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

The cold weather just brings out the soup in me, this is one of my all time favourite soups and growing up a bowl before any meal was just what the doctor ordered. The family household was always a buzz awaiting the final moments of this fine soup. This soup was always made for any special occasion or holidays and you could be sure that a many western european wedding would kick off all that wonderful soup with the Portuguese Caldo Verde or Collard / Kale soup as it goes by in English.

You can make this soup with either collard or kale, I prefer collard for the soup but which ever you can find at your local grocery store is fine. The smoked sausage that you can pick up at your local butcher adds just the right taste to the soup depending on your palette you can choose the spicy or mild version to add. You will need an immersion blender to puree the soup at one point in the cooking, make sure you have a hand held one it makes it that much more easier.

Inspired by Family


Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe
Servings: 8  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 40 minutes

Caldo Verde Soup

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 large russet potatoes, diced
1 smoked sausage, cut into coins
  10 cups, chicken broth
3/4 cups of collard, stems removed, thinly sliced
1 tsp of salt and black pepper


1- Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.
2- Add onion and garlic, cook 4 minutes, stirring.
3- Add potatoes and chicken broth, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
4- Remove soup from heat and puree with immersion blender.
5- Return to heat and add, sausage, collard and salt and pepper and simmer 15 minutes.
6- Enjoy !!!

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