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Two bowls of Portuguese Green Soup, with some raw kale on the countertop.
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Caldo Verde Recipe (Portuguese Green Soup)

Enjoy a sampling of traditional Portuguese cuisine in the comfort of your home with a bowl of Caldo Verde (Potato and Kale Soup). Serve it as an appetizer or a light meal on its own!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: portuguese
Servings: 3
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 kg potatoes (about 1/2 lb), floury/starchy type
  • 4 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 10 slices chorizo
  • salt, to season
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups water


  • Use a medium-sized saucepan to heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is ready, add both garlic and onion. 
  • Cook until the onions are, then add salt.
  • Add potatoes and mix to combine.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into the pan.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil.
  • Adjust heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are cooked.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and use an immersion hand blender to puree the potatoes into a smooth soup.  
  • Place the pan back into the heat and adjust it into medium heat.
  • Add a bit of salt, then add kale and 2 more cups of water.
  • Mix, then cover the saucepan with a lid and bring to a slow boil.
  • Adjust heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the kale is cooked.  (Don't forget to taste and adjust the seasoning.)
  • Take the saucepan off the heat and transfer the soup into bowls.
  • Top with slices of chorizo and serve.



  • Cook's Tip #1:  Use a pair of scissors if chopping the kale into thin strips is difficult.  Just put the leaves on top of each other and roll them for easier cutting.
  • Cook's Tip #2:  Chopping the potatoes into small cubes will make it cook faster.
  • Cook's Tip #3:  If you want more liquid in your soup, add 2 & 1/2 to 3 cups of water instead of 2, together with the chopped kale.
  • Cook's Tip# 4:  Do not hesitate to use a stand blender if you don't have an immersion hand blender. Just make sure the soup has cooled down a bit before pouring it into the pitcher of the blender.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 851mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8939IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg