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This Portuguese soup called Caldo Verde has a luscious creamy potato base, with collard green ribbons, and smoked sausage. A delicious one-pot meal that is vegan-adaptable!

Caldo Verde Recipe (Portuguese Green Soup)

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Portugese

Description

This Portuguese soup called Caldo Verde has a luscious creamy potato base, with collard green ribbons, and smoked sausage. A delicious one-pot meal that is vegan-adaptable!


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound smoked cured sausage such as calabresa, paio, chouiço, linguiça, paio, Spanish chorizo, Kielbasa or plant-based sausage, cut into half moon pieces. (Do not use raw Mexican chorizo)
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 8 cups chicken stock or veggie broth
  • 2 pounds yellow potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 11 1/2 teaspoons salt (adjust to taste- start with 1 teaspoon and add more as needed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 cups collard greens or kale, cut into thin ribbons
  • Optional: 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice and zest of a lemon

Instructions

  1. Cut the stems out of the collard greens then cut in strips by stacking about 3 leaves and rolling up into “cigars” then slicing them thin into ribbons. Set aside. 
  2. Saute the sausage in a heavy bottom stock pot. Set aside. (see notes)
  3. In the same pot, without cleaning, add onion and garlic, sauteeing until tender. Add broth, potatoes, and salt cook, until tender. Add about 1/3 of the sausage slices into the soup. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup just until mostly smooth or to desired consistency. Try not to over blend, this can cause some potatoes to become gummy.
  4. Add the greens, simmer until greens are tender about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the sausage and warm for a few minutes. Add more broth for desired consistancy. 
  6. Adjust salt, pepper and lemon if using.  
  7. Drizzle individual bowls with olive oil, and optional pinch of Aleppo pepper. To richen it up you can also add a bit of cream to each dish.

Notes

If you prefer not to fry the sausage, you can boil them whole with the potatoes and broth. Remove the sausages before blending. Cut in slices and set aside.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 357
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 1422.4 mg
  • Fat: 14.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.8 g
  • Fiber: 5.6 g
  • Protein: 15.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.1 mg