Caldo verde recipe

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Caldo verde (“green soup”) is one of the national dishes of Portugal. It is a particular specialty of descendants of the Portuguese seamen who settled along the New England coast.

  • Yield: 4 Servings


  • ½ pound linguiça or chorizo sausage (or any garlicky smoked sausage), sliced
  • 8 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 3–4 medium-sized potatoes (1 pound), peeled and diced
  • 12 ounces kale, stems discarded and leaves chopped (8 cups lightly packed)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
  1. Combine the sausage and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer while you prepare the potatoes.
  2. Combine the potatoes with water to cover in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and briefly mash with a potato masher for an uneven, lumpy texture. Add to the chicken stock along with the kale.
  3. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the kale is quite tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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