Caldo verde (Portuguese green soup)

2013-01-03
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  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:15 h

I love kale but it’s only available here at XMas time for some reason. Kale soup or caldo verde from Portugal is a fav comfort food! I love the chewiness of the kale and the colour it gives to the soup, so much so that the amount of kale here is quite alot! Most recipes call for 1:4 to 1:2 ratio of kale to potato but I’ve inverted the proportions a bit to get a clearer, thinner soup ;)

Ingredients

  • 500g potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 300g chorizo or Italian sausage, cubed
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1kg kale, stalks discarded and leaves finely sliced
  • 2 cubes of vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Method

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a 3L soup pot. Add the sausage and brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the sausage

Step 2

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until the onion is translucent.

Step 3

Add the potato and saute until it is golden.

Step 4

Add the stock cubes and 1.5-2L boiling water.

Step 5

Cook until the potato is soft. Use a hand blender. to puree the soup.

Step 6

Add the kale and cook until it is softened, at least 15 minutes. Add the sausage back into the soup. Add more water if necessary to make it a soup.

Step 7

Taste the soup and add salt/pepper as desired.

Step 8

Combine the smoked paprika and olive oil in a small mixing bowl.

Step 9

Swirl the paprika mixture into the soup.

Step 10

Serve the soup with crusty bread. Enjoy!

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