Portuguese Green Soup (Caldo Verde)

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  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1/4 cup olive oil, in all

1 cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

2 cups Idaho potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

2 quarts water

6 ounces chorizo sausage, thinly sliced

Salt and black pepper

1 pound kale, washed, trimmed of the thick stems and thinly sliced


  1. In a medium soup pot, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil, add onions and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until they turn glassy, don't let them get brown. Add potatoes and water. Cover and boil gently over medium heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a skillet cook sausage until most of the fat is rendered out. Drain and reserve. When the potatoes are tender mash them with a potato masher right in the pot. Add sausage to the soup, and then add the kale. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining olive oil and season. Ladle into bowls and serve.