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-)