Caldo Verde

Today is a day that I really need some comfort food. Whenever it’s cloudy, rainy or cold I think of my mom’s soups. My mom has so many soups that I am learning to make, one of them is Caldo Verde, but the chorizo is optional. I like making the vegetarian version as well.  Here’s the recipe, and enjoy !

Extra equipment: a hand blender.

Ingredients: (Yields 5 – 6 persons)
1 1/2 cups of thin shredded Collards or Kale
1/2 medium onion
1 tablespoon of light olive oil
2 Litre pot and fill 3/4 of the pot with water
1 1/2 cubes of chicken  or vegetable bullion
1 tbsp. of parsley
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of pepper
Chorizo sliced (optional, vegetarian style without the meat)
3 large-sized white potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/8 sized pieces.
1 tsp of Garlic powder to taste. & or pimento red pepper paste (1 tsp)

The Method:

1) I fill 3/4 of  the pot to about with water, add my potatoes and 1/2 onion cut in a few pieces, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and let it boil at medium heat.

2) About 20 min. later add your bullion and let it dissolve, add your salt, pepper.

3) Turn the stove off. Let it cool about 5 minutes or so.

4)Then with your handblender, blend the potatoes with the broth, until you have a cream of potato consistency, it will be a smooth-thickness consistency.

5)At this point add your thick sliced collard or kale, and some parsley, and a few pieces of sliced fried Chorizo, begin cooking again on low heat for additional 10 to 12 minutes.

6)When the collard have  softened turn the oven element off. Take a taste test after the soup has simmered down, and add your garlic powder or additional black pepper  or pimento paste to taste.   

Really simple soup dish and so healthy for you.  I eat it with a piece of baguette bread or any good European style bread, with a side of sliced tomatoes  for afterwards. For me, it’s a meal in itself.

Let me know what you think and drop me a comment, thanks.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wendy
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 20:59:33

    Cooking this today! Great weather for it here in overcast N. California.
    Muitos obrigado Mannie!


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