Portuguese Caldo Verde

This traditional soup is made with linguiça, a garlic and paprika flavored Portuguese sausage. If you can't find it, use Spanish chorizo or hot Italian sausage..

Serves: 6Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 2 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 lb. kale
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 lb. linguiça, sliced
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf (16 oz.) crusty bread


  • Trim the large ribs from the kale. Slice it into thin strips. Put the kale strips into a bowl of cold water and soak for 1 hour; drain well.
  • Add the oil to a 6-quart Dutch oven and bring to temperature over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until transparent, about 7 minutes. Add the linguiça and potatoes; sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and drained kale; bring to a boil. Lower the heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Serve hot with bread.