Caldo Verde

Simply said, this Caldo Verde soup is spectacular. It’s a Portuguese classic for good reason.
Course Soup
Keyword comfort food, easy, gluten free, one pot recipe, winter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 308kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces smoked sausage cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 12 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes diced
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt or more
  • 1/3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more
  • 1 bunch kale chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil to finish


  • Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat until hot. Add the olive oil and the sausage rounds; cook and stir until sausage is browned. Remove sausage from pan.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of olive oil from pan (or add more olive oil if you have particularly lean sausage); add onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion is translucent and the garlic is lightly toasted (taking care not to burn it), about 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 quarts water, potatoes, salt and pepper; bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer until potatoes are soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Mash some of the potatoes to add texture to the soup.
  • Add kale and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. 
  • Return browned sausage to soup and stir. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve each bowl with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.



Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1281mg | Potassium: 898mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2165IU | Vitamin C: 46.9mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5.9mg