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Caldo Verde (Kale Soup), how to cook

Caldo Verde (Kale Soup) has its origins in the 15th century and born in the Northern provinces of Portugal. In fact, most of the Portuguese gastronomy has roots in farmers or fishermen, and the main reason what is considered comfort food.

Especially in the Minho region, that origin is found in archives. The region is also known for the green wine that locals and foreigners love to taste and drink. The recipe was adapted according to the regions in which is made, however, the base has been always the same. Kale Soup (Caldo Verde) had been named one of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Gastronomy.

Kale Soup, Caldo Verde, Portugal

Caldo Verde recipe


The recipe will serve 5 persons. 

  • 600 g potatoes
  • 200 g finely chopped kale
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 chorizo
  • 2 slices cornbread
  • 1,5 dl Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste

Tip: in case that you have vegetarians or vegans in the family or friends, consider cooking the chorizo separated, which you will be able to serve to everyone in the end.

Caldo Verde Preparation

You should start to peel the potatoes, onions, and garlic which they will cook in salted water with half of the olive. The salt you should put it when the water is hot. Add the chorizo to give some delicious flavor to the broth.

When the potatoes are well cooked, you should remove the chorizo from the pot and blend the rest of the ingredients, which are: potatoes, onion, and garlic. Now, place on the heat again, leave till boil (more or less 10 minutes) and add the drained kale. You should leave to cook uncovered until the kale no longer tastes raw.

Consider correcting the seasoning and add the remaining olive oil ( if you prefer, you can add it while plating in the end). Put two or three slices of chorizo in each earthware bowl and pour over the green soup.

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