Portuguese Chourico and Kale Soup

This recipe is a quick version of a wonderful soup I had in Mystic, Conn., a Portuguese community nestled by the sea in New England. This[ soup is a winter wonder.]

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium white waxy potatoes, like yukon golds, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
  • 1 pound kale, coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzos ( chick peas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound diced chourico, casing removed
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • Warm, crusty bread
Directions

Heat oil in a deep pot over medium high heat. Add potatoes and onions, cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic, bay leaves, and kale to the pot. Cover pot and wilt greens 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomatoes, chourico, and broth to the pot and bring soup to a full boil. Reduce heat back to medium and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.

Serve soup with hunks of crusty bread and butter.

Cook's Note: If you are in Mystic, ask for cherise (phonetic pronunciation), if you want to sample the chourico.


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