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caldo verde
Caldo Verde
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Caldo verde is a traditional Portuguese soup with leafy cabbage or kale, and is one of the seven wonders of Portuguese cuisine.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Portuguese
Servings: 6 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 4 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 2 scallions , chopped
  • 1 lb collard greens (or leafy kale), cut into very thin strips
  • 2 lb potatoes , peeled and diced
  • ½ lb chouriço (or chorizo), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup virgin olive oil + 2 tablespoons
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Heat ½ cup (120 ml) of olive oil over medium / low heat in a large pot.

  2. Add the scallions and cook until they are tender and transparent without browning.
  3. Add garlic and sauté 20 seconds.
  4. Add the diced potatoes.
  5. Mix well and cook covered for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  6. Then add 4 cups of boiling water and bring to boil.
  7. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and reduce everything with the help of a hand blender (depending on desired consistency). If the soup seems too thick, add a little water.
  9. Put the pot back on low heat and bring to boil.
  10. Add chouriço and cabbage. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Adjust the seasoning.
  12. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and serve with broa bread.