Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Portuguese kale soup

I was suspicious of a soup that only had four ingredients, none of which were the standard onion/garlic saute to start it off.

But I did have two heads of kale that needed to be used up.

1 lb chorizo or hot Italian sausage, squeezed out of the casing
6-7 small potatoes, peeled and diced
2 heads of kale, chopped
Chicken broth
Salt and pepper

Boil the potatoes in water until tender. Drain and roughly mash. In a separate large stockpot, brown the sausage. Add a little broth to that, along with the potato mash. Add the chopped kale, and enough broth to float the whole thing. Stir well and let cook until the kale is tender, 15 minutes or so. Season well and serve hot.

Notes: Be sure to remove the kale stems and chop finely. A rough chop, like I did, is too much for this. Also, you can't have too many potatoes. The potato mash essentially disappears into the soup, thickening it up, so if you want a strong potato taste, add more.

I have no idea if this is the traditional Portuguese recipe or not (caldo verde, or green soup), but it still makes a pretty tasty kale soup.

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