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Caldo Verde (Portuguese Sausage Kale Soup)

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"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
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 62.1 25.1 56 2851 Full nutrition

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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.

I did add a good soup base of fresh garlic/olive oil with the onions. It needs the cayenne pepper and salt for sure. Potatoes are bland without additional salt. I added fresh aged Romano cheese ...

Wife and I loved it, we used chorizo sausage and kale in ours and it turned out great. Needed to add in a little olive oil for sauteing the onions after the sausage was browned as the chorizo di...

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, ...

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.

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. ...

A great soup, something I'll make again and again. Had to settle for andouille sausage, as the only linguica available was either online or at one place on the other side of the city. Only other...

Four stars because I changed it. I use white (cannellini) beans instead of potatoes, and my own home-made chicken broth with no salt added. Tasted and added salt as needed at the end. Like some ...