Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup (Video)

Perfect Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup RecipeBold 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 1 vote

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: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1158mg 48%
Potassium 1087mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 71.6%
Vitamin C 82.6%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 32.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds yukon gold potatoes, peeled, quartered, 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, or Linguiça or Spanish Chorizo
  • 15 ounce can white beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6-quart heavy bottomed soup pot


  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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17 comments on “Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup (Video)

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  2. 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.

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  5. 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!

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

    Can you give the conversion for an Instant Pot?

  14. 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. :)

  15. 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.”