Calde Verde

Calde Verde (Portuguese Creamy Potato and Kale Soup)
Recipe by Dragon

For me, this soup is Portugal and pure comfort. It is called Calde Verde, a creamy potato and kale soup. It literally means "Green Soup". This soup is so loved in Portugal that it is the country's national dish. I use to devour bowls of this soup as a kid. So, it's no wonder that every time I make it, I feel like I'm home.

I served this soup as part of a Portuguese dinner I recently had in my home. In my opinion, you can't have a true Portuguese dinner without this soup on the menu. Enjoy! :)

Serves: 8

8 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoons salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large onions, quartered
1 1/2lb potatoes, peeled and halved (about 4)
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 oz chourico (spicy cured sausage)
2 cups water
2 cups kale, finely shredded

1. In a large soup pan, combine all the ingredients except for the kale. Leave the chourico in one piece. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 45 to 50 minutes, or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

2. Remove chourico, slice thinly and reserve. Transfer potato mixture to a food processor or blender and puree in batches until smooth. Transfer soup back to the pot and add the shredded kale. Cook kale until its wilted. Adjust salt if necessary.

3. To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish each serving with a few chourico slices and a drop of olive oil.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A fabulous soup!



Priya Suresh said...

Filling and hearty soup..

Peter M said...

I'm all about soups in winter and this Portuguese national dish just warms me so! ;)

Ana Powell said...

Lovely, tastes of home.
I am glad I`ll be going there very soon.
Thanks for posting such great recipe ♥

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This soup was on my table at Christmas time at the future SIL's. I don;t know that a Portuguese meal at their home could be without it.

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite soups! Takes me back to Portugal :)

Bren said...

i love the styling of it. never made kale soup but it's so healthy looking! nice! :)

Malika Bourne/NoNon-centsNanna said...

Looks and sounds wonderful. In fact sounds so good I think I will put the pot on right now to make dinner.Thanks, Malika

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