Caldo verde… Portuguese soup

Caldo verde, a potato and kale soup from northern Portugal, is one of those dishes that seem custom-made for lazy rainy days, when you want something hearty and comforting but don’t feel like putting in a ton of effort. It’s made with a few and simple ingredients, it takes all of maybe 10 minutes of prep work, and it’s ready to eat just half an hour later. Oh, and it’s all made in a single pot, too. And did we mention delicious? It’s delicious.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 onion, minced
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 6 ounces linguiƧa sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound kale, rinsed and julienned

 

Method

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes more. Pour in water, bring to a boil, and let boil gently for 20 minutes, until potatoes are mushy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook sausage until it has released most of its fat, 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mash potatoes or puree the potato mixture with a blender or food processor. Stir the sausage, salt and pepper into the soup and return to medium heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir kale into soup and simmer, 5 minutes, until kale is tender and jade green. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and serve at once.