Caldo Verde is a rich kale broth soup with chorizo and chilli. About 15 years ago, I helped a friend of mine sell veg from his nursery. Shifting vegetables back then, especially unusual ones, was hard work. Kale, despite its wonderful taste and indigenousness, was alien to most people ('kale? what's it like?' 'well it's sort of like chard' 'what's chard?'). Then we tried selling it by the Italian name, cavolo nero, and we couldn't shift enough of it. It was then that a customer first mentioned caldo verde to me. Traditionally this was a humble Portugese soup for farm workers. Nowadays, cuts of meat or sausage (usually chorizo) are added to the soup to give it a little oomph, but ideally it should be nothing more than garlic, potatoes and kale. With the bone broth however, I think it turns in to a real show stopper. It can also be a handy way to use up any other veg you have lying around. It's really quite simple, and ready to eat in under an hour. Kale is what really makes the dish, you'll find shredded kale in most shops these days, but ideally, you want what the Portuguese use, a thick black kale which is super tasty. For chorizo, an authentic Iberian sausage is best, but if not a regular supermarket one will do- when cooked in the soup I find even the naffest chorizo turns tender and tasty.
Cooking time: 50-60 minutes
* indicates optional ingredients
400g kale, cut into strips with the thickest parts of the stalk taken out
1 large onion, sliced into small pieces
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed under a knife and cut finely
600g potatoes, cut into small cubes (a potato good for mashing- Desiree or Maris Piper)
1 pouch (324g) organic chicken bone broth
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
* a small amount of crushed chilli or a few chilli flakes, just to add a little heat
*100-150g chorizo, rather than cut it into coins I prefer to tear it into pieces
*any other veg cut into small pieces e.g. green beans, broccoli, carrots, chard, brassicas etc.
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