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
10 min
20 min

4 servings

  • 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

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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Super delicious! I doubled the broth and added white beans instead of garbanzo. Also cooked for 30minutes to meld flavors more...will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had recipe ingredients in hand, Spanish chorizo, which is equally delicious. Savory and tasty, filling but not making me "stuffed" by any standards. Flavor profile was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delish! I used chicken sausage and sweet potatoes. The soup was very hearty and filling, mine turned out almost stew like. The entire family loved it, especially my husband! First time doing a review that is how good this soup is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not have any chourico and replaced it by adding 2TB of smoked paprika and a 1/3 of a smoked sausage. The soup was super tasty & delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was very tasty. I used everything called for but substituted linguica for the chourico and simmered it for about an hour. What a smoky, hearty soup. It was so quick and easy to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had fresh plum tomatoes and kale from the garden. What a great way to use 'em up! I was down in Provincetown, Mass, this past weekend, inwhich many places serve sausage and kale soup and this recipe compares. It's a hearty soup. I'll be bringing to work for lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SUMMARY: Delicious... IF cooked longer than recommended. DETAILS: The modifications I made to this recipe are 1) I purchased Chorizo sausage raw, and browned prior to making the soup; 2) I substituted Cannelini beans for the Garbanzo beans because I happen to hate Garbanzo beans; 3) As another reviewer recommended, I simmered the soup for 30-40 minutes instead of the recommended 10 minutes. In my mind, the longer cook time will be mandatory if you want to get that "comfort food" feel from the soup. This will give you more flavor, and that thick tomato-white bean broth that we all know and love. Most importantly, simmering for longer will cook the potatoes until they are easy to break apart in your mouth. I tested the soup at 10 miinutes and - even though I'd cubed the potatoes quite small - found the potatoes to be "al dente" in a way that did not appeal to me. My entire family LOVED this recipe. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty, I used diced kolrabi along with the potatoes and it turned out very well. In the future I'll spice it up a little more with a little more cayenne pepper. My wife said I should make the kale pieces a little smaller but our daughter was just fine with it the way it was. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this soup. It is easy, tasty and hearty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is delicious and so easy! I've made it 4-5 times now and each time I like it more and more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Chorizo is raw but Chourico is not :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not been able to find Chourico in the grocery stores so far. I live in Georgia and they have no idea what it is. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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