Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

Bold and zesty Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup, a peasant dish with tons of wow-factor!

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe
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We eat soup all winter long. At least a couple times a week I find myself standing over a stew pot, giving it the final stir before ladling into bowls and sitting down for a cozy meal.

Some of my favorite winter soups include heavily-seasoned ingredients and lots of fresh produce.

Making Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe

Today’s Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup is the ultimate winter soup in my opinion. It’s rich and hearty with lots of chunks and a robust sausage essence.

Caldo Verde, meaning green broth, is the Portuguese counterpart to Italian Zuppa Toscana. It involves regional sausage, greens, and potatoes with slight alterations that offer up a unique flavor.

How to Make Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe

Since Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup is a rustic comfort food historically made in homes all over the country, there isn’t just one way to make.

Many variations of this Portuguese sausage-greens-potato soup combination exist.

Some use kale, while others use collard greens. Some include beans; others do not. Most call for a Portuguese hard sausage with a strong garlic flavor called Chouriço. Other recipes use Linguiça sausage.

How To: Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe

Since Portuguese sausages are not readily available in the United States, you can substitute hard Spanish chorizo for the Chouriço. It is very similar.

Some might even say it’s the same thing. *wink*

Best Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe

After tasting Caldo Verde recipes made by others, then experimenting with my own recipe, I decided I like the addition of white beans, sherry, smoked paprika, and a little heavy cream at the end to provide a luxurious silky texture.

Although the addition of paprika and cream sort of eliminates the green in the green broth, they create a marvelous flavor and texture that intensifies the overall appeal of this traditional soup.

Zesty Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe

Trust me, you are going to adore this kicked-up Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup recipe.

So much so, you might want to kick your classic Zuppa Toscana recipe to the curb!

Rustic Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe

Check out our video tutorial below!

Caldo Verde Soup
5 from 3 votes

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins
Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup - A rustic sausage potato and kale soup with bold flavor and chunky texture. This slightly creamy version is so enticing, you'll want to make it again and again!
Servings: 12
Nutrition Facts
Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 772mg 32%
Potassium 762mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 47.7%
Vitamin C 55.1%
Calcium 10.1%
Iron 23.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes peeled, quartered, and sliced thin
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale, collard or mustard greens
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 ounces hard Portuguese Chouriço sausage, Linguiça, or Spanish Chorizo
  • 15 ounces white beans, drained (1 can)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place a 6-quart heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Add the oil, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes.

  2. Next add the potatoes, chopped kale, chicken broth, sherry, lemon zest, smoked paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes to soften the potatoes and kale.
  3. Peel the casing off the sausage. Cut the sausage links into quarters lengthwise. Then slice into thin wedges. Stir in the sausage, white beans, and heavy cream. Simmer another 5 minutes. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

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26 comments on “Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

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  2. Vernonposted February 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer,
    I’ve read some of your replies to this recipe and I am in agreement with you and your followers about how things are made. There are variations for sure of a dish identified as a national dish within that very same nation. Like the Philippines for example. They love this dish called pinakbit, but the way it is cooked will vary slightly between provinces of the country. Pinakbit is a mix vegetable dish that may or may not contain some kind of meat. I liken it to the dish, ratatouille, with an asian twist.
    My struggle here on Guam, not part of the Philippines, is the sausage of choice. When you say spanish cherizo I’m thinking of the sausage that comes here from the mainland US, called cherizo espanot. It comes in a green foiled bag. Are you talking about that sausage or another variation of that sausage. We get Hoffy brand Portuguese sausages here. Would this be okay?
    Hope to hear from you,

    • Sommer Collierposted February 11, 2019 at 12:11 am Reply

      Hi Vernon,

      Thanks for the support!

      Maybe so… Look for hard cured sausage links, not loose ground sausage that needs to be cooked. :)

  3. Detrieposted January 6, 2019 at 9:28 am Reply

    I am using beef broth instead of chicken

  4. Tomi Weddletonposted December 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I made this today and it turned out beautifully, enough so that I feel comfortable serving it to my Hawaiian Portuguese soninlaw.  

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  6. Filomenaposted August 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Caldo verde Does Not have beans. It’s made with just kale and potatoes (the potatoes have to be finally pureed). The chorizo is added at the end. Spices are just garlic, bayleaf and onions which if added it should be pureed or taken out. Your recipe is just a vegetable soup with beans.

    • Deliaposted December 14, 2018 at 9:32 pm Reply

      Wow, what a nasty comment! Who cares if the recipe is tweaked a bit. There are SO many fusion recipes out there now. Adding some beans isn’t a crime. I actually was instructed by a Portuguese friend from the Azores to add some white beans. It’s delicious!

      • Jenniferposted December 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

        I was going to say the same Delia! Many negative comments on this post about the recipe being “wrong” I think the issue is the differences between those who live on the mainland and those from the Azores (maybe perhaps even those who are Brazillian and those who are Hawaiian Portuguese). I grew up in a heavily Portuguese populated community and grew up on Portuguese soup and it always has chourico and beans

      • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 4:41 pm

        Hi Guys!

        Thanks for chiming in on my behalf. All I can say is a local Portuguese friend taught me how to make this soup. According to her family, this is how it’s made. She did tell me there are variations… Like with beef stew or chili, there’s not just one way to prepare it.

    • Candaceposted February 9, 2019 at 11:11 pm Reply

      There is nothing “nasty” about this comment. Stating some facts. No rude words.  Chill peeps. 

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  9. Dannieposted April 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm Reply

    This soup is delicious! I used light cream as opposed to heavy cream and swapped potatoes for sweet potatoes and really enjoyed it! Easy to make and great to pack up for leftovers :) thank you!

  10. Veronicaposted April 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    I’m portuguese and this recipe of caldo verde is wrong. Caldo verde is made with olive oil, salt, slissed portuguese cabbage , smash potatos and a carrot. Some people add chouriço in the plate but you don’t need to. And that’s all, nothing more.

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  17. L. R.posted February 14, 2018 at 3:35 am Reply

    Can you give the conversion for an Instant Pot?

  18. Lesli Mposted February 7, 2018 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Publix Markets carry Gaspar’s Chourico! Looks great!

    • Sommerposted February 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm Reply

      Oh, fantastic! Thanks for sharing. :)

  19. Bevposted February 5, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply

    Do you think this can be made without the sausage? Vegetarian?

    • Sommerposted February 5, 2018 at 9:41 pm Reply

      Hi Bev,

      It definitely can, but it loses a lot of its unique flavor. You might try making it with “vegan chorizo.”