Portuguese Kale Soup

Total Time:
55 min
10 min
45 min

4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 diced turnips
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 6 ounces chopped chourico (spicy Portuguese sausage), or chorizo
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • 6 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 10 ounces diced potatoes

In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, turnips and carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale, chourico, bay leaves, parsley and thyme and mix well. Add the beef stock, beans and tomatoes. Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and add the diced potatoes. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and add them to the soup.

Remove the bay leaves and serve hot.

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    Terrific! I store in single size containers in the freezer. As soon as I'm down to my last serving, I rush to make another batch so we always have this one at hand. We either enjoy it at home or my husband grabs one to take to work (co-workers are so envious when they smell the aroma!
    It's a great soup. Even my kids eat their greens with this soup. LIke most others I ditched the turnips added more potatoes. Thought it was a little thick for our tastes and added an extra cup of water.
    Yum! I can't find the Chourico in my town, so sometimes I use chicken sausage and chicken stock, but today I decided to try it with chorizo and beef stock. Everyone I've served it to has loved it, and it makes a big pot. This is a recipe I make again and again.
    Very good! I omitted turnip also, didn't have any. Also I used half beef and half chicken broth and a full 28 oz can of diced tomatoes. It was excellent!
    This soup is yummy! I omitted the turnip because I didn't have any so I can't attest to that, but otherwise it was very tasty!

    As a correction to one of the reviews below, Chourico is, in fact, a Portugese sausage. In Spain it is spelled Chorizo. Either way, it originates from the Iberian peninsula. YUM!
    To begin with I would not call this Portuguese Kale Soup because I havev NEVER HEARD of putting carrots or turnip in this soup. YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love this soup!! 
    Just to be technical though: Chorizo is Mexican/Spanish type of sausage and Linguiça is Portuguese sausage. I would not call it Portuguese with any other sausage than Linguiça, it could offend. but... 
    Thank you Rachael for your Wonderful recipes!!
    I love chorizo, and I love all the vegetables in this soup. It was fun to make, and I will make it many more times. It didn't seem too light or too heavy so would be suitable any time of the year.
    As Rach would say, "Delish"! I saw this show and this looked so good I wanted to crawl into the TV and eat a bowl with her! I was so happy when I saw the recipe was here. Made it for one of the holidays as a starter and my family couldn't get enough of it! I read what one reviewer said about it not being the original kale soup. I imagine every Portuguese family has their own recipe just like we Italians have our own recipe for sauce, who's to say what's original. I didn't grow up eating kale, this was the first time. I absolutely loved it as well as chorizo (one of my favorite meats). This soup is fabulous! Good job Rach!
    It was okay, but it needed something.
    I made this with the sweet portuguese sasuage. My whole family really enjoyed this soup, including my picky teenager. For heath reasons, I would like to find a leaner version of this sausage that was just as tasty.
    When I make my Portuguese soup, I make a large pot. I do not add onion or garlic. I start with hot portuguese chourico (three sticks), 5 to 6 meaty short ribs, and if the market has suet, I add that and obviously discard after (it adds great flavor), and approximately 1/3 of a bag of dried split peas. I cook this until the meat is fork tender. Since I'm not crazy about kale, I add 2 to 3 heads of savoy (curly) cabbage torn into pieces and two boxes of frozen chopped spinach. I don't use potatoes; I prefer orzo instead, adding it with the cabbage and spinach. And the finishing touch is adding two cans of Campbell's bean & bacon soup. It gives it a smokey flavor and you get the white bean in it as well as tiny pieces of carrot. I am full blooded Portuguese, hated both my grandmother's portuguese soups (one from Lisbon, the other from the Azores), never ate Portuguese soup until my mother created this version. No one says no to my Portuguese soup. And yes, this must be eaten with Porguguese bread loaded with butter. I make a sandwich with both the chourizo and meat together with a huge bowl of soup. Delicious!
    This is not the original Kale Soup.
    anything that is added besides potatoes and Kale is not Kale soup.
    The real Kale Soup is made with cooked potatoes pureed,and the kale very very thin chopped added it together with olive oil and salt and you have Portuguese Kale Soup
    I tried this recipe because I had never cooked with kale before and wanted to try it. I was totally shocked. This is by far the best soup I've ever had. Two of us ate the whole pot in two days it was that good!
    This was wonderful way to clear out your garden, with the kale,carrots,turnips and potatoes.
    The chose of meat for this soup adds a great amount of flavor and and a little heat. I would make this again.Be sure to serve it with some great bread to warm up a cold fall/winter night.
    A nice change from plain veggie soup!
    This recipe is very similar to the kale soup that my Portuguese friends' moms made when I'd stay for dinner growing up. I have made it with chorizo and turkey keilbasa; chorizo is nice and spicey and the keilbasa is a nice healthy alternative. Also, I prefer this soup made with chicken broth rather than beef broth (authentic or not :))
    My husband is Portuguese and grew up on Kale soup. He loved this version. I also add a chopped sweet potato and turkey keilbasa for extra flavor. Yummm.
    Easy to make and yummy!!
    I think I like Rachel's recipe better but overall it's okay
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