Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)


Caldo verde is one of my favorite Portuguese recipes. This creamy soup made with linguiça sausage and potatoes is greenish in color thanks to a whole pound of fresh kale. Enjoy it with a thick slice of your favorite bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 medium onion, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 quarts cold water

  • 6 ounces linguiça sausage, thinly sliced

  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound kale, rinsed and julienned


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Pour in water and bring to a boil; boil gently until potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it has released most of its fat, about 10 minutes. Drain.

  3. Use an immersion blender to purée potato mixture. Stir in sausage and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in kale and simmer until tender and bright green, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
21g Fat
47g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 1202mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 134mg 672%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 1378mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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