Caldo Verde ~ Classic Portuguese Kale Soup
This soup, a Portuguese classic, is a dish I had never come across until a few days ago. I was having a late lunch with a friend, her parents are from Portugal, and talk turned to favourite foods and recipes. She mentioned a favourite recipe, one that her father always makes at home, and I knew I had to try it. Of course, anything containing Kale gets my attention immediately, and so I wasted no time in making this today and was absolutely blown away with the result. This is yet another example of how simple ingredients make for some of the most wonderful dishes.
|30 Minutes||Serves 2||? kcal per serving
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
250 g potatoes, cut into bite size chunks
150 g Kale, very finely sliced, or you can use any other dark leafy brassica
50 g vegan chorizo, I use and recommend Vbites (Link Here)
1 litre vegetable stock, I use Kallo
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes until the onion has softened.
Add the potatoes and VBites chorizo pieces and continue to fry for a 2-3 minutes.
Add the stock and the kale and cook, covered, for 20 minutes on a low simmer or until the vegetables are tender.
Add the pepper and paprika, stir well and allow to cook slightly before serving to allow for the flavours to marry.
If you have difficulty finding the Chorizo, substitute by adding another 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
This soup freezes very well and so, make up batches to keep in the freezer.