January 18, 2009 | | Comments 4

Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup (Caldo Verde)

Charlene kicked start the South Arm Community Kitchen for 2009 with two recipes. Also, Charlene is working with Family Services to start up a few more seniors kitchen which had been a roaring success last year. We wish her the best in her new role.

Back to food … the first dish which Charlene demonstrated is called Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup. Kale is a very nutritious vegetable which is not common among Chinese. I had blogged about Kale’s nutritional values in this blog.


This is a hearty soup complete with protein, carbohydrate and fiber all in a pot. It is great for cold winter days.


  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boiling potatoes
  • 8 cups water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 lb Spanish chorizo (spicy cured pork sausage), cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 3/4 lb kale


Click on Read More for the instructions. Instructions

kalesoup-11Wash the kale. Strip the leaves from the stem and discard the stem. Pile a few leaves together and thinly slice.
kalesoup-12Peel and thinly slice the potatoes.

Finely chopped the onion.

kalesoup-10In a large non-tick frying pan, pan fry the Chorizo cubes over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
kalesoup-13Transfer to a paper towels lined plate to drain the fats.
kalesoup-14Cook the onion in olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until golden brown.
kalesoup-15Add potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes.
kalesoup-16Add water or chicken broth (or a mixture of both) and season with salt to taste and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 15 minutes.

Use a potato masher to coarsely mash the potatoes in the pot. This helps to thicken the soup.

kalesoup-17Stir in the chorizo and kale and simmer until the greens are tender, about 5 minutes.

This recipe is adapted from Gourmet and it serves 6.

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  1. raidar says:

    I always like putting greens in my soup and this one looks delicious.

  2. chinchyesek says:

    Suanne, excellent, re the pictorial representations and the clear instructions as to the various stages of the cooking process.

  3. Karen says:

    Caldo verde is one of my favourite soups! A great winter soup — can be made with local ingredients, and kale is so good for you — high marks for this soup all around. Thanks for sharing.

    I like the potatoes more broken up — it gives the soup a thick and creamy consistency, without cream! (Great of those with lactose intolerance.)

    See this picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/Caldo_verde.jpg

  4. Patricia says:

    Many versions of this soup include a can of white kidney beans, added at the very last, just to warm up.

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