Monday, February 15, 2010
Portuguese "Caldo Verde" (Green Soup)
Hi, Today we're going on a journey to Portugal were the classic green soup, "Caldo Verde" is probably the most loved and well known soup of the country. It's sometimes known as "Kale Soup" but this classic is not made the same way and not made with kale at all.This soup is made with a potato puree, and collard greens.
I've doubled the recipe so that you can have a big pot prepared for a few days since this soup is even better the next day. Nothing will satisfy your hunger and keep you warm on a cold winter day. This will be your family favorite.
10 russet,or Idaho potatoes (peeled & cut into 1 inch slices)
2 large onions
2 cloves garlic
1 large bay leaf
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Chourico (either Portuguese or Spanish) sausage
6 cups of washed collard greens (sliced very thin)
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth (or 2 boullion cubes)
6 cups water
In large soup stock pan place water, broth, pot, onion, garlic, olive oil, bay leaf.
Cook on high 20 min or untill pot are cooked. Remove from heat, remove bay leaf and puree the soup with hand blender..
Add collard greens and chourico sausage.Cook for about 10 minutes. Remove sausage, slice into 1/4 inch slices, and put aside for garnish. Serve each bowl soup with 3 slices of chourico. Add a drizzle of olive oil, and pepper to taste. Enjoy this healhy classic!