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Caldo Verde (Portuguese Sausage Kale Soup)

Chef John

"This soup is so hearty and comforting, you'll almost forget how good it is for you. And it's perfect for cold weather with the spicy sausage, kale, potatoes, and plenty of chicken broth."
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1 h 20 m servings 565 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Slice sausage into 1/4-inch rounds. Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and saute until sausage begins to turn brown and renders some fat, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a dish. Reduce heat to medium-low; add onions and pinch of salt salt. Stir and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer potatoes to pot. Sprinkle in 2 teaspoons salt. Pour in chicken broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. When potatoes are tender, carefully mash them in the broth with a potato masher until broken up or completely mashed. Add kale, a handful at a time. Transfer browned sausage to soup. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until greens are tender, about 45 minutes.


  • Chef's Note:
  • I recommend trying to find Portuguese linguica, but pretty much any cured, spicy, smoked sausage will work. Andouille would be a great choice, as would a dried chorizo. As usual, feel free to adapt this as you see fit, but I wouldn't change the recommended russet potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 565 calories; 25.6 g fat; 62.1 g carbohydrates; 25.1 g protein; 56 mg cholesterol; 2851 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I broke with tradition and substituted cauliflower for the potatoes, which also imparted a nice creamy texture to the soup. My family honestly could not tell the difference and the transformed ...

My only change was to add some garlic with the onions. My wife and I both enjoyed it.

Delicious Used "regular"kale instead of dinosaur kale the second time we made this soup and it was just as delicious. We used hot italian sausage, and it works too.

Made this using Cuban cantimpalo and the hubs loved it. And the best part is he hates kale so I get him to eat it this way with a very easy, hearty winter soup.

Amazing taste and super easy to make. Great recipe!

This soup turned out great! That being said, I made several changes. I recommend cooking the sausage with garlic as well as onion. I didn't mash the potatoes, and because the soup was so thick, ...

I’m one who never follows a recipe. I did everything it asked me to but, had to add pepper, and ground cumin. This was Very good. Looking for leftovers. Next time I would add a can of Rotel. ...