Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup) Recipe -
Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup) Recipe
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Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

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"This soup is a Portuguese favorite of mine. It is a creamy soup with the wonderful use of kale, giving it the green soup look. Enjoy it with a thick slice from your favorite loaf of bread!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes more. Pour in water, bring to a boil, and let boil gently for 20 minutes, until potatoes are mushy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook sausage until it has released most of its fat, 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mash potatoes or puree the potato mixture with a blender or food processor. Stir the sausage, salt and pepper into the soup and return to medium heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir kale into soup and simmer, 5 minutes, until kale is tender and jade green. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and serve at once.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 30, 2003

Very good, not quite like my mother in law's, but very good. I did switch the liguica for chorico and more than doubled the amount, but thats how I like it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 21, 2006

I loved this soup as a child. I tried it this way but I really wasn't very happy with the outcome. Here is some advice. I added 2 splashes of half and half cream and a handful of medium cheddar cheese. After that not only did my kids inhale it they asked me for more the next day!!

Mar 23, 2007

I loved this reciepe!! It was so good and very easy to make, however the only thing I changed was instead of boiling the potatoes in water I used 3 cans of chicken broth, one can of the low sodium low salt and then 2 cups of water, it seemed to give the soup more rich flavor and good color. Very good soup I will continue to make this for years!!

Mar 30, 2003

Most excellent soup! As with most soups, this needs to sit overnight for best flavor. Linguicia is hard to find but worth the effort (usually in the smoke sausage section). I left the potatoes in small cubes. I simmered in the crockpot because I like the kale well done. This was a hit with our guests!

Nov 13, 2005

Great soup. A nice blend of rich and creamy from the potato base, exciting spicy bites of sausage (we used the spicy kind)and fresh tasting healthy kale in every bite. At first I thought there was no way all that kale would mix in but it did just fine.

Mar 30, 2003

I substituted chorizo for the linguica and added a can of hominy. The kids, who will rarely eat anything green, loved it!

Mar 30, 2003

I thought the soup came out okay, but a little more bland than other kale soups I had before. Perhaps I should've substituted chourico for linguica. Felicia

Oct 05, 2004

Excellent. Used smoked Polish sausage, instead of linguica, which I'll be sure to try next time. Still turned out wonderfully. Thanks.


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  • Calories
  • 402 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.2 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 20.2 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 5.2 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 11.7 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 1352 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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