Caldo Verde: Kale, Potato, & Sausage Soup
What is “Caldo Verde”?
One of my favorite go-to soups to make once temperatures drop a bit is a greens, potato, and sausage soup, called Caldo Verde; which in Portuguese means “green broth” (thanks to the dark green cabbage traditionally used within Portugal’s borders).
This “one-pot” rustic soup is not only easy to make, but also inexpensive and very satiating (a.k.a filling). My rendition of Caldo Verde aligns with the traditional basics, yet with a few simple swaps and additions. Ingredients include kale for the greens, red skin potatoes, lean ground turkey sausage, red onion, fresh garlic, and olive oil. I also like to add white kidney beans (hello extra protein & FIBER!), cumin powder, ground red pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice into the mix.
Variations and Alternatives.
Although sausages like chouriço and linguiça are customary, using lean turkey sausage (like I did) makes for an excellent alternative! I tend to use ground sausage versus cooking and slicing up sausage links, but do whichever you’d prefer! To be honest, I usually go this route to save time.
There really are so many variations of Caldo Verde, that I suggest tweaking the recipe to what textures and taste you prefer! See a few ideas below:
- For a creamier, thicker soup: Yukon Gold and Russet potatoes are starchier, making them great for thickening! Personally, I love the density of red skin.
- Craving an even richer soup? Adding a hint of heavy cream should do. Heads-up: too much will make the broth appear less ‘green’, as it’s supposed to.
- Speaking of greens: Traditionally, the greens are cut very thin, but I like to coarsely chop mine. Do what you want!
- Have a favorite green, aside from kale? Try using collard or mustard greens!
- Want an even more robust flavor? Try adding different spices like smoked paprika to the recipe to provide more layers of flavor.
- Vegan or trying to eat more ‘plant-based’? Try this recipe sans turkey and use veggie broth instead of chicken broth. It is JUST as satisfying, I promise!
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!