Just like chicken noodle soup is America’s favorite comfort food, a bowl of warm Caldo Verde soup is one of Portugal’s favorite comfort food— simple taste of home. Serve with cornbread.
75 g chorizo
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 bay leaf
250g floury potatoes, peeled and chopped
750ml water, or chicken stock
200g spring greens, or kale
Extra-virgin olive oil and white-wine vinegar, to serve
1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over a medium flame.
2. Fry the diced chouriço until it begins to release its oil,
3. Then add the onion, turn down the heat slightly and fry until soft and beginning to color.
4. Stir in the garlic and bay leaf, cook for another couple of minutes,
5. Then add the potatoes and stir to coat with the oil.
6. Add the water, bring up to a simmer, reduce the heat and leave to bubble gently until the potatoes are cooked through.
7. Meanwhile, finely shred the greens and cut the remaining chorizo into slices.
8. Fry the latter in a hot griddle or frying pan until lightly charred, then set aside.
9. Once the potatoes are cooked, scoop out a few pieces, along with bay leaf (discard the latter),
10. Then blend or mash the soup, depending on how smooth you’d like it.
11. Divide between bowls, top with the fried sausage and reserved potato cubes
and serve with extra-virgin olive oil and white-wine vinegar to taste.
12. Season to taste, then stir in the greens and cook for a couple of minutes until just softened.
Note : Set aside a third of the sausage, then use a sharp knife to remove the skin from the rest, then cut the meat into small chunks. Simmer for 40 minutes