5 Ingredients or Fewer

Caldo Verde

January 26, 2015
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This recipe proves the point that the sum is greater than the parts. Who knew that potatoes, kale, chorizo, a little garlic and water could produce something so hearty, full of flavour and satisfying. This is what to make when you only have a few hardy winter vegetables to hand and a crowd to feed. Easy, cheap and fabulous. —Anna May

What You'll Need
  • 4 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 750g floury potatoes, diced (I don't bother to peel)
  • 150g kale or cavolo nero, torn up, big stalks removed
  • 150g chorizo, sliced (the cooking kind not ready to eat salami kind)
  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pan along with the garlic and cook gently until the garlic starts dancing around the pan then add the potatoes and a teaspoon of salt, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1.2 litres water and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Squish around 1/3 of the cubes against the side of the pan to add a little body to the soup. Add the kale and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat the remaining oil in a pan and cook the chorizo for a few minutes then add this to the potatoes and kale along with the lovely orange oil. Taste (cautiously, it will be hot) and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve with good, crusty bread.

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4 Reviews

Mary October 25, 2020
Hello, am I missing something? The instructions say to add 'the lovely orange oil' in the last step, but there is none listed in the ingredients. How much? Orange oil is not something I usually cook with, so would like some guidance. Thank you.
Anna M. October 26, 2020
Hi Mary, it refers to the orange oil left from frying the chorizo. Hope this helps, Anna
Caitlin G. January 26, 2015
this looks like a perfect balanced soup! yum.
Anna M. January 26, 2015
Thanks Caitlin, it is so good I actually burnt my mouth tasting the soup in the photograph I was so excited to taste it!