Guys, your recipe is EXCELLENT as-is, and was also fantastic in giving me inspiration for a vegetarian version of Portuguese Kale Soup (Caldo Verde) as your recipe already has many elements of that soup. So, using your recipe, the second time I made a vegetarian version of Portuguese Kale Soup/Caldo Verde, and that was also excellent. I made this soup as Chris&Kelly prescribe with substituting 4 cups vegetable broth instead of 3 cups chicken broth, and I added a total of 4 cups chopped Kale instead of just 2 cups (please include/don't waste the chopped tender kale stems with leaves!). And lastly, the key to Caldo Verde is the flavor of Linguica, or Chorizo sausage, so add a package of "Soyrizo" - lightly sauteed in olive oil, with an extra clove of garlic & a little more chopped onion (Melissa's brand is what I have in the Albany NY area ... very good as a vegetarian chorizo/linguica soyment substitute that works well for soups and even chiles. It doesn't have the texture or real linguica or chorizo, but the flavor is very good). Note that it is a spicy product, so you may want to taste for spices before adding that small red chile pepper that is called for in this recipe. Either way, go for it as this is a fabulous soup recipe in any season.
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Guys, your recipe is EXCELLENT as-is, and was also fantastic in giving me inspiration for a...