Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe

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Olivia Published: November 2, 2020 Modified: May 31, 2021
Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe

How To Make Portuguese Kale Soup

This Portuguese kale soup or also known as Caldo Verde is a traditional soup made with potatoes, chorizo sausage, and thinly sliced kale. It is a hearty meal you can make on cold days.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes



  • 1lbPortuguese sausagecut off casing and cut into half-moons, or purchase ground
  • 4cupschicken broth
  • 2TbspEVOOfor sautéing
  • 1yellow onionchopped
  • 2clovesgarlicfresh minced
  • 2 waxy potatoeschopped into 1 (2.54 cm) in cubes
  • 1can light red kidney drained
  • 1can navy beansdrained
  • 2buncheskalestems removed and torn into smaller pieces
  • 2bay leaves
  • salt and pepperto taste
  • 2bay leaves


  1. In a large soup pot in olive oil, saute the sausage on medium heat until browning and fragrant. Set meat aside.

  2. In the same pot, refresh olive oil and add in onions and saute until translucent. Once cooked, add in garlic and add the sausage in to combine.

  3. Pour in 4 cups of chicken broth and add in potatoes.

  4. Add kidney beans, navy beans, and bay leaves. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. Finally, add in shredded kale, cook down, and add water to create more broth if desired. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until completely combined.

  6. Discard bay leaves.

  7. Serve with crusty bread and butter.


  • Calories: 453.87kcal
  • Fat: 26.23g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.08g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.76g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.62g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.32g
  • Fiber: 7.38g
  • Sugar: 5.88g
  • Protein: 25.14g
  • Cholesterol: 57.72mg
  • Sodium: 1181.92mg
  • Calcium: 165.28mg
  • Potassium: 1017.84mg
  • Iron: 3.98mg
  • Vitamin A: 358.58µg
  • Vitamin C: 83.33mg
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