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Caldo Verde: Portuguese Kale Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword kale


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion diced
  • 1 spicy sausage sliced
  • 6 medium boiling potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 lb kale leaves stalks removed, julienned very fine
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft and translucent. 

  2. In a frying pan, cook the sausage, slice it and set aside for later. 

  3. Add the potatoes to the stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and lower the heat, simmering until the potatoes are almost done, about 15 minutes. 

  4. Remove the pot from the heat and crush some of the potatoes using a potato masher or wooden spoon to thicken the broth. Return the pot to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the greens and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

  5. Season with salt and pepper, ladle into bowls, and garnish with sausage.