Caldo verde (Portuguese green soup)2013-01-03
- 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
- 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
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a 3L soup pot. Add the sausage and brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the sausage
Add the onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until the onion is translucent.
Add the potato and saute until it is golden.
Add the stock cubes and 1.5-2L boiling water.
Cook until the potato is soft. Use a hand blender. to puree the soup.
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.
Taste the soup and add salt/pepper as desired.
Combine the smoked paprika and olive oil in a small mixing bowl.
Swirl the paprika mixture into the soup.
Serve the soup with crusty bread. Enjoy!