Portuguese Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde is a delicious Portuguese dish comprising all the staples of a Mediterranean diet; learn how to recreate it at home with this recipe.

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Portuguese cuisine is extremely varied and uses a great amount of dry cod, or bacalhau. Notable dishes include pastéis de Belém, custard tarts; ovos moles, eggs and sugar; and caldo verde, a simple broth containing potatoes, collard greens, olive oil and salt.

Caldo Verde

Serves 6


900g potatoes, peeled

1 onion, peeled and quartered

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup olive oil

2l broth

1 bunch collard greens

450g chorizo

4 slices bacon, roughly chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, add potatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil and broth. Bring to the boil, lower heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender. Mash the potatoes and bring them back to the pot.

2. Using a blender, blend the soup until smooth.

3. Cut the collard greens into thin strips, add them to the soup. Stir and cook for 15 minutes.

4. In a large skillet, fry the chorizo and bacon until browned, add to the soup and cook until it boils again. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot with extra olive oil.

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