Shredded greens soup with chorizo

Shredded greens soup with chorizo

Caldo verde

By
From
Lisbon
Serves
4 as a starter
Photographer
Steven Joyce

This is a hearty soup which is eaten countrywide. Some cooks blend all the vegetables, while others leave the potatoes in chunks in the broth.

Traditionally only one or two slices of fried chouriço (chorizo) or linguica sausage are added to each bowl, but I like to rest a handful of fried chouriço cubes top of the broth (because, really, you can never have too much chouriço). Try it with Corn Bread on the side.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
olive oil, for cooking
150g cooking chouriço, cut into thin slices or small cubes
1 onion, finely chopped
pinch salt
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
450g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 litre hot chicken or vegetable stock
300g kale, collard greens, spring greens or any other dark green cabbage

Method

  1. Heat a splash of olive oil in large saucepan over a medium heat, add the chouriço and sauté until it begins to brown. Remove from the pan, leaving the fat behind and set aside. Add the chopped onion and the salt to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium–low and cook gently for 10 minutes, then add the garlic. Cook for a couple more minutes, then add the cubed potatoes and the stock. Cover and bring to a gentle simmer. Leave to cook for 15 minutes, or until the potato is cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, remove any hard ribs from the greens and shred the leaves as finely as you can. When the potato is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and purée the broth in a jug blender or using a hand-held blender. When smooth, return to the heat and add the shredded greens. Cook for about 4 minutes, until the greens are tender but not at all overcooked.
  3. Divide between 4 soup bowls, and garnish with the cooked chouriço.
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