Caldo Verde

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Jeanne Benavidez

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@jeanneben

Originally a Portuguese dish, Caldo Verde calls for collard greens. It also calls for using water instead of chicken stock. However, since I am not a fan of the bitterness of collard greens, I use fresh spinach instead; and I also like to cook with vegetable or chicken stock instead of just water. I find that the stock adds another layer of flavor. Here is my version of Caldo Verde.

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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  • 2/3 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 5 medium
    starchy potatoes, washed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1 large
    bunch or fresh spinach
  • ·
    smoked sausage, italian sausage or your favorite, cooked and sliced

How to Make Caldo Verde

Step-by-Step

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-heat, add the onions and garlic and cook until onions are soft (for about 10 minutes).
  2. Add the potatoes, cook quickly for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the stock and salt (starting with 1 teaspoon of salt and adding the rest if necessary to suit your taste).
  4. Bring it to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes for about 30 minutes. Add the sausage and cook a few more minutes until the sausage is hot and the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. I prefer my potatoes chunky in my soup. However, if you want a thicker soup, blend the soup by using an immersion blender directly in the pot or you can put the soup in batches into a blender and blend it. Add more chicken stock if you think it's too thick.
  6. Taste the soup and adjust salt if necessary, add fresh pepper to taste.
  7. Place a handful of spinach on the bottom of each bowl and pour soup over the spinach. Make sure the soup is extremely hot, as it will flash cook the greens.

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About Caldo Verde

Course/Dish: Other Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy




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