Caldo verde, typical Portuguese soup, which translates to green broth, is the most famous soup in Portugal. It is consumed all year round, typically eaten during Portuguese celebrations, such as weddings, birthdays, and you can hardly miss it during Saint John festival held on the 24th of June in Porto.
It is sometimes served before a main course meal or you can also eat it as a late supper. A light soup with shredded Galician kale, some spicy notes from the sausages, accompanied with corn bread from Avintes and a glass of cold, white wine… can you imagine a better meal? I cannot, which is why I am giving you my favorite recipe!
Ingredients (serves 4 persons):
- 200g / 7oz of shredded Galician kale
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 600g / 21oz of potatoes (you can replace it with cauliflower)
- 8 slices of chouriço (chorizo) or salpicão (pork sausages)
- 2 slices of corn bread, preferably from Avintes
- 15 ml of olive oil
- Peel the potatoes, the onion and the garlic cloves and boil them in 1.5 liters of water seasoned with salt and half the amount of the olive oil. Meanwhile, carefully wash the kale’s leaves and chop them into very thin and long pieces.
- When the potatoes are fully cooked, blend the mixture, either with a hand blender or in a food processor. Then bring the mixture to a boil, adding the shredded kale on top and cooking for 5 minutes or until the leaves are properly cooked.
- Add the remaining olive oil and if needed add salt.
- Prepare four bowls: serve the soup in each one of the bowls with 2 slices of chouriço/salpicão and on the side, place a thin slide of corn bread.
You made it! Your typical Portuguese soup is ready, enjoy!
Taste Porto Team