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, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boiling potatoes, peel & thinly slice
  • 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-11-300x200Wash the kale. Strip the leaves from the stem and discard the stem. Pile a few leaves together and thinly slice.
kalesoup-10-300x200In a large non-tick frying pan, pan fry the Chorizo cubes over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to a paper towels lined plate to drain the fats.

kalesoup-14-300x200Cook the onion in olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until golden brown.
kalesoup-15-300x200Add potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes.
kalesoup-16-300x200Add 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-17-300x200Stir 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.

5 thoughts on “Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup (Caldo Verde)

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

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