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Cape Verde-Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup)

Course Soup
Cuisine Cape Verde
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken stock or mix of chicken stock and water
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. Linguica Sausage sliced
  • ½ pound chourico or chorizo crumbled
  • 4 cups Kale chopped or shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large soup pot to medium heat.
  • Add in the onions and garlic, cook until soft but not browned about 5 minutes
  • Add in the chicken stock or chicken stock and water combination
  • Add in the potatoes, salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are soft about 20 minutes
  • Remove the pot from the heat and lightly mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
  • In another skillet, over medium high heat, cook the sausage, stirring until browned.
  • Add the meat to the soup pot making sure to include any brown crusty bits.
  • Simmer for five minutes then stir in the kale, and simmer for a few more minutes
  • Add the lemon juice
  • Ladle into bowls and enjoy with some Portuguese bread.
  • Awesome!