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Portuguese | Caldo Verde (Green Soup)

Posted on May 14, 2012

I was looking for a new collard dish and found this in The New Portuguese Table cookbook. Very tasty and a nod to my roots!

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

caldo verde


7 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups chicken stock, homemade or store-bought low-sodium broth

1 bunch collard greens or kale (about 1 pound), thick center stems and fibrous veins removed

1 tablespoon cider vinegar (optional)

kosher salt

freshly ground white pepper

eighteen or twenty-four 1/4-inch-thick slices chouriço, linguiça, or dry-cured smoked Spanish chorizo



Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pot over medium heat until it shimmers. Add in the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until light golden, about 10 minutes. Add in the potatoes and cook, stirring often, until then start to spot with color, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Pour in the chicken stock and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are falling-apart tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, stack several collard leaves, roll them lengthwise into a tight cigar shape, and cut crosswise into whisker-thin slices. Repeat with the rest of the greens. If the strands are so long they're unwieldy, cut them in half to avoid having wisps of collards dangling from your lips while eating.

Purée the soup using a handheld blender, or liquefy in batches in a food processor. Return it to the pot, and bring it back to a boil. Turn the heat to low, stir in the greens, and simmer, uncovered, until just tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Swirl in the vinegar, if using. Season well with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 5 tablespoons of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the chouriço and cook until crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels. Let the chouriço oil cool a bit.

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, crown each with 3 slices of chouriço, and drizzle some of the flavored oil from the skillet over the top.


(Ref. "Green Soup (Caldo Verde)" recipe, The New Portuguese Table.)