Caldo verde

Have a small port to get into the mood to make this hearty soup, Portugal's national dish
By Hairy Bikers
Caldo verde
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200 g chorizo sausages, cut into chunks
  • 4 large floury potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 litres vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500g leafy green vegetables such as cabbage, finely sliced
  • country-style bread, to serve

For the garnish

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


1. Heat the oil in a large, wide and deep saute pan and fry the onions and garlic gently for about 5 minutes until transparent, but not browned.

2. Add the chorizo and continue to fry gently. Stir in the diced potatoes.

3. Pour in the stock, add the bay leaves, season with salt and pepper, and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook gently until the potatoes are soft, about 12-15 minutes.

4. In another pan, blanch the greens for 2 minutes in a pan of boiling water to remove any bitterness. Drain and squeeze out any excess liquid.

5. Remove the bay leaves from the potatoes and then mash the potatoes in the broth with a potato masher so a thick chowder is formed. Add as much of the greens to the broth as it will support. If you want a heavy soup add more; if you like it lighter, add less. Simmer for a few minutes more to heat through, then ladle into bowls.

5. For the garnish: mix a little smoked paprika with the remaining olive oil and swirl this into the soup. Serve with chunks of hearty country bread.

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