Caldo Verde (A Portuguese Comfort Soup)

Caldo Verde is a traditional Portuguese comfort ‘soup’ a national favourite which originated from the Minho Province of northern Portugal. Where there are Portuguese settlements/communities, there will certainly be Caldo Verde. A humble, tasty and heart-warming soup that brings back childhood memories and still gives me great comfort today. I hope this gives you as much comfort as it does to me.

Serves 6

KITCHEN KIT: knife, chopping board, a large casserole dish and a wooden spoon.

Ingredients:

  1. 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  3. 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  4. ½ tsp. of chilli flakes
  5. 2 bay leaves
  6. ¼ tsp. smoked paprika powder
  7. 1 chorizo sausage, chopped
  8. 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped in equal sizes
  9. 1 litre of vegetable stock
  10. 1 litre of chicken stock
  11. salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  12. large bunch of kale or cavolo nero, shredded
  13. 4 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil to serve.

Method:

  1. Gently fry the onions, garlic, chilli flakes, bay leaves, smoked paprika and chorizo in the olive oil until onions softened and translucent.
  2. Add the chopped potatoes and fry for just a minute. Add the stock, bring to the boil and let it simmer until the potatoes are soft.
  3. When the potatoes are ready, mash them into the broth to make a thick base. Add the shredded kale or cavolo nero simmer for another 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with some chopped chorizo, and drizzle more olive oil to serve.

Bom apetite!

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