December 4, 2010

Portuguese Kale & Potato Soup

portuguese sausage & kale soup

This soup has Sunday Afternoon written all over it. When it’s cold outside, and you want your belly full of greens, meat & potatoes, THIS is the soup you should turn to. It’s also one of those soups that gets better the second day, when the flavors meld together. I love that! The overnight stay in the fridge brings out more than you could have possibly anticipated!

Sausage AND Kale? I think this soup really has MY name written all over it.

And we’re off!

Very few ingredients here!

ingredient party

Chop up the kielbasa & kale, onions & garlic.

kilebasa chop

Cut up the potato too!

potato chop

Brown the kielbasa and set aside.


Brown the onions & garlic in olive oil and leftover kielbasa oil with a pinch of red pepper flakes.

browning onions...

Put your potatoes and add them to the pot with onions & garlic with water.

broth & potato

Add in the kale and smash some of the potatoes to make the soup thicker.

hello, kale

After the kale has cooked for a few minutes return the kielbasa to the pot.

hello sausage

Add a splash of vinegar and serve up your soup!

portuguese sausage & kale soup

This goes excellent with garlic bread!

Portuguese Kale & Potato Soup

(recipe slightly adapted from Gourmet Quick Kitchen Magazine)

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. kielbasa cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 large russet potato, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 lb. kale, stems and center ribs discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 5 quart heavy pot over medium heat and brown sausage, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.

Transfer sausage with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pot (with the reserved fat) and cook the onion & garlic with a heavy pinch of salt & pepper as well as a pinch of red pepper flakes over medium heat. Cook until browned, about 7 to 8 minutes.

Add potatoes, water and 1 teaspoon of salt and simmer, covered until potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Mash some of the potatoes into the soup to thicken, then add the kale and simmer uncovered, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in sausage and cool until just heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Finish with 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar and season with salt & pepper to taste. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.

  • Monica

    Grew up eating this soup. My favorite! I like the addition of the Kielbasa instead of Portuguese Linguica, which can be difficult to find.

  • Katrina

    This soup is lovely. It’s snowing outside and I’m nervous to go out. I know this soup would make my family feel better!

  • Michelle

    Must add kale to my shopping list. I’ve got some sausage in the freezer that’s just waiting to become soup.

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  • daphne

    frozen kale from my garden, spicy chicken sausage from trader joe’s (instead of kielbasa). so happy i have everything to make this on this cold nebraska night!! thanks!

  • Alisha

    Try adding a carrot too. It’s delicious and an added vegetable.

  • jujubefamily

    must make this week!!! i don’t care for kale but for some reason andy suddenly discovered it and is begging me to make a soup with it. this is perfect! thanks.

  • vanessa

    I make a version of the Sausage and White Bean soup only I use kale in it instead of spinach. give it a go, YUM!

  • hannah m

    I just made this and it was so divine! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

  • Brittany

    Tried this out tonight and used my mom out as a taste tester (since I don’t eat meat), but according to her it turned out muy perfecto! So glad that I stumbled onto your site, I don’t regret it one bit. I’m definitely gonna try out some more of your recipes.

  • Laura

    I made this last night with vegan sausage. Best soup ever!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Kim

    Just made this soup this afternoon and now I can’t wait until lunch tomorrow! I did substitute beef & veggie (3 cups of each) broth for the water – it’s fantastic.

  • Istari

    Loved this version of the so portuguese and soooo good Caldo Verde Soup. But I do prefer the traditional version with smoked sausage.

    You need to visit Portugal and try our soups, our fish, our 365 recipes of smoked cod… you will love them.

    as all the rest of our food that does not have international fame but all the foreigners fell in love with it.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    P.S. Just because I think you perharps have curiosity (as I have) in other countries’ christmas food, I’ll tell you our top 3 (the traditional, but that not everyone – as me – follow):

    1) Main Course: Smoked Cod with potatoes, carrots and portuguese kale

    2) Desserts: Farófias (a sweet made with egg whites… so soooooo good! This year I’m going to make some); or Rabanadas ( a kind of a french toast) or Filhoses (fried cakes) or even, my personal favourites Sonhos de Abóbora (translation – pumpkin’s dreams – they are a kind of small fried cakes made with pumpkin puree, with a lot of sugar and cinnamon on top)

    3) A must have at all tables at Christmas: Bolo Rei or Bolo Rainha (the first is a kind of Fruit Cake, the second a Cake with Dry Nuts – sesame seeds, walnuts and dried grapes – This year I bought the first and bake th second).

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