Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup

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Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup

I had known about the Portugal Day event being hosted by Casey at Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria announced at the end of May but was hesitant about joining until late yesterday morning after my daily dose of blog visitation. What changed my mind was Scott’s post Italian Kale and Potato Soup over at his blog Fight the Fat Foodie. This soup really piqued my interest as it featured a vegetable that I’ve often seen at the grocery store but never used in my cooking. I know kale is a highly nutritious vegetable packed with antioxidant, calcium, vitamins K, A, and C. I was interested to try Scott’s dish.

From Scott’s blog, I went over to Casey’s blog where she posted a reminder of Portugal Day. You can read more about Portugal Day here. She had some links for ideas on Portuguese dishes which I clicked on. One of the very first dishes that came up was Caldo Verde, the renown and popular Portuguese green soup with kale in it. Love that color! I knew then that I had to cook this dish. I made a few more searches on the web and came upon this recipe at Williams Sonoma. The ingredients list was short. After picking up my boys from school, I made a trip to the grocery store to pick up some kale and sausages. I was hoping to get some chorizo as I did not think I’ll find linguica but as things go, there wasn’t a single chorizo in sight. Instead of going to another store, I decided that Polish sausages will have to do. I’ll make up for it by adding spices found in the linguica.

Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup

This recipe was adapted from Williams Sonoma. I took a few shortcuts and added some spices to give a little more zing to this bright green, hearty, yet light soup. This dish will join other favorites in the Ro-Ri household.

For more information on this soup, please check out the following links…

Traditional Portuguese Dishes
The Boston Globe on The New Portuguese Table by David Leite

Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and some extra for serving
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 oz linguica, chorizo or your choice of sausage, sliced into thin disks
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 cups (1.5 liters) water or chicken stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and some extra for serving


Heat olive oil in a large pot. Fry onions and sausages for 2 minutes. Add garlic, pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, and potatoes. Continue to fry for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour in water or chicken stock. When soup comes to a boil, add salt, reduce heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes until potatoes are very soft.

Scoop out about 2 cups of potatoes and mashed well. Return mashed potatoes to the pot. Add kale and continue to let soup simmer for another 5 minutes. Do not overcook kale. It should be bright green and slightly crunchy.

Serve in individual bowls drizzled with extra virgin olive oil if desired.

Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup

I would like to thank Julie at Mommie Cooks for this beautiful award. Julie has three adorable boys who remind me of my own two when they were younger. Her recipes are very creative and family friendly, most of which my family would thoroughly enjoy. I hope you will visit her delightful blog.

NOTE: This post was updated on December 16th, 2012 with new pictures. No changes were made to the write-up or recipe.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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53 Responses

  1. Fight the Fat Foodie says:

    Wow! This does look wonderful! We're heading back to the market tomorrow and will pick up more fresh kale to try this wone.

  2. rotinrice says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! We love the soup!

  3. Jen Cheung says:

    hellllllllllo there! found you on foodbuzz! :) your page is lovely! feel free to drop by my page when you have the time! thanks a bunch.

    jen @ ” target=”_blank”>

  4. 5starfoodie says:

    A super delicious soup! I would love to try this, love the sausages here!

  5. Lazaro says:

    Wonderful soup Biren. Denise has a really good Caldo Verde in her cookbook.


  6. Angie's Recipes says:

    A very delicious soup! With some bread, this would make a lovely dinner.

  7. rotinrice says:

    Unfortunately I have not seen her cookbook. Hope to take a peek real soon :)

  8. Julie M. says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out Biren! The award is well earned; your blog is fabulous!

    This soup looks so good! It sort of reminds me of italian wedding soup which is an absolute favorite of mine.

  9. rotinrice says:

    You are most welcomed Julie. Thanks for passing it to me :)

    You will have to cook this Italian wedding soup and post it.

  10. roxan says:

    Biren, looks delicious. I could go for a bowl right now! I'm in LA but my office is always cold so I always have my space heater on (even at this moment!)

  11. rotinrice says:

    My goodness Roxan…you poor thing! A heater at this time of the year!

    This soup will surely warm you up.

    BTW I hope you will check out this post…. You may enjoy sandboarding in the summer at the Sand Dunes.

    This other post has a link to your blog….

  12. redkathy says:

    Man that soup looks fabulous. My mother made a similar "Italian" version. Oh boy I have to try this! We just moved my Dad in with us and he loves soup :)

  13. IJust LoveMyApron says:

    It's a good way to use Kale Biren. I didn't know about Portugal and Kale are relevant. Thanks for the info.

    I can slurp the whole bowl myself 'coz Seattle is still cold!

  14. Cook with Madin says:

    Hi Biren, this looks good. I love soup. I don't mind eating them for breakfast.

  15. love2cook says:

    Hi dear, the soup looks mouthwatering! :D

    I celebrated my 1st Blogoversary yesterday…so pls feel free to accept a Thank You card from me ya! ;)

  16. denise fletcher says:

    I love caldo verde and your version more than does it justice. This looks amazing and I know it will taste fantastic!

  17. bunkycooks says:

    I love those flavors and I know that soup must be delicious. I have started to use more kale and dark greens in cooking. They are so good for you. Great recipe!

  18. rotinrice says:

    This is probably a dish close to your heart. I would have love to use the linguica but trying to get it at the local stores in the suburb is a long shot. As I had not tasted the soup before, I was just going by feel and description of the dish. I am glad I added the spices and the soup was really tasty. I will have to cook a little more the next time as the family loved it. I will definitely be making it again.

    I read that some white beans may be added at the end. That will be great for the colder months. Do you think that is a good idea?

  19. Patty Price says:

    I make a soup like this with chicken sausage and I know it's good!

  20. Cristina TeenieCakes says:

    A healthy soup to be sure. How did you like the soup and the texture of the kale? I've not had kale before so I'm interested…was it like cooked spinach?

  21. rotinrice says:

    It is a much firmer vegetable than spinach. After cooking for 5 minutes, it was still bright green in color and had a slight crunchiness left. I was surprised at how good it tasted. I want to say that the texture is like that of cooked or stir fried savoy cabbage. I would definitely cook it again as the family loved it. It would be a great soup to have even in the colder months.

  22. the lacquer spoon says:

    Beautiful! That's a lovely comfort food to life us up. Happy weekend :)

  23. tigerfish says:

    The first time I tried caldo verde was in Macau (where there is Portuguese food). I will try making a home version like yours as it looks so delicious. I like kale and discovered this dark green veg quite recently.

  24. lequan@luvtoeat says:

    Being brought up eating a lot of Asian dishes and Asian veggies, I have to say I have never tried kale before. I never really noticed it until I started reading food blogs. It is such a beautiful vegetable and I never really knew what to do with it other than salad, but I am not a big salad fan so this recipe really helps. Thank you for sharing Biren.

  25. Joanne says:

    I love kale! I love sausage! And thus. By process of elimination. I would love this dish! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Ma What's For Dinner says:

    New follower in the house! I'm so intrigued by kale. I've always thought of it as a garnish but I see this soup popping up everywhere. I think it's a sign. I must need to try it…

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner ” target=”_blank”>

  27. anncoo says:

    This sounds interesting and looks good! Hope can find kale here.

  28. rotinrice says:

    Hi Alex, thanks for visiting and following! It's beautiful as a garmish and even better cooked this way. Really yummy!

  29. Pam says:

    This sounds great and nutritious also. Lots of good ingredients and it's a wonderful way with sausage!

  30. Kristi Rimkus says:

    Delicious and nutritious. Can't beat that combination!

  31. leaannbrown says:

    Bookmarked. I've seen something like this in one of my cookbooks. Looks delicious.

  32. Liv Wan says:

    This soup looks delicious and chorizo is one of my favorite food ever!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  33. Rick says:

    Green is my favorite color. This may be my favorite soup.

  34. MaryMoh says:

    A very lovely soup. This would be most welcoming on a cold day.

  35. penny aka jeroxie says:

    I was going to make something like that if I joined the event. Had no time at all. So glad that you made it :)

  36. Mary says:

    We use to have this soup when we vacationed in Provincetown. I haven't made it in years. Your post and recipe made me remember just how good it is. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  37. Stella says:

    This looks lovely, Biren. I think caldos are the best types of soups-so wholesome and comforting they are! By the way, isn't kale good? And it's really just as easy to cook as any green. I think so at least…

  38. Sook says:

    What a healthy and scrumptious soup!

  39. pigpigscorner says:

    I always see kale around too but have never thought of cooking it. This sounds really comforting!

  40. Kelly says:

    What a delicious looking soup! I love chorizo!

  41. Devaki says:

    I adore Portuguese soups & yours with the kale, chorizo and potatoes is a win win! Great flavors and so very hearty :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  42. rotinrice says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary! Thanks for the card :)

  43. rotinrice says:

    I was surprised at how good the kale tasted. It is rather stiff and waxy before being cooked but has a nice texture after being cooked. I will be cooking this soup again. It is really good.

  44. rotinrice says:

    Hi Devaki! Thanks for visiting. This is my first time cooking the soup and it won't be my last. The family loves it.

  45. Fight the Fat Foodie says:

    Made a slightly tweeked version of this last night–less oil, more broth, "hot" chorizo, a little low-fat buttermilk instead of mashing the potatoes, smoked Spanish paprika. Loved it! Smokey, a little spicy, the heartiness of the kale! Would you mind if I posted about it, linking back to you?


  46. rotinrice says:

    Wow…that sounds awesome! Mashing the potatoes and adding the buttermilk is a great idea. It will make such a rich and thick soup. It is good to reduce the oil. The original recipe calls for a quarter cup oil but I only use 2 tablespoons. Please go right ahead and thanks for linking back :)

  47. The Rowdy Chowgirl says:

    Hi there, Portugal Day Buddy–your soup looks wonderful. I love linguica, and really love kale…perfect!

  48. rotinrice says:

    Hey, thanks so much for stopping by :) This soup is delicious! First time making it and it won't be my last.

  49. I love seeing the way you went from one blog to another. I do the same thing; one post takes me to another, then another until I’m lost and realize how much I’ve enjoyed traveling. It fantastic.

    The soup looks outstanding. I’m in the heart of “greens” country and kale is definitely something that’s popular around here. I’ll give this soup a try on your recommendation.

  50. Jeff says:

    I’m definitely going to make this as soon as possible! It looks like a great soup for a chilly night, especially if you are feeling under the weather!

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