How many Portuguese dishes have you had in your life?
Caldo Verde is a Portuguese soup made with potatoes, collard greens, sliced chouriço or linguiça (smoked Portuguese sausage) and olive oil. It originated in northern Portugal, but nowadays it is a national favorite. Some people even say it’s the national dish but I disagree! (Hello? Bacalhau?!?) It is also so popular in Brazil that most Brazilians don’t even know that it is originally a Portuguese soup.
This soup is great served as an appetizer or as a light course for a late supper, for example. I find it to be very satisfying, because of the sausage and potatoes, so I’m usually good with a bowl of this soup and a slice of bread for dinner! Maybe accompanied by some Rosemary Focaccia? Yum!
- 2lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil plus more for serving
- 1lbs sausage (chorizo, linguiça or kielbasa), thinly sliced
- 1 bunch collard greens, thoroughly washed
- 4 slices bacon, roughly chopped
- 8 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth, low sodium
- Salt and pepper to taste
P.S. Add 1lbs more potatoes if you like your soup creamier.