Portuguese kale soup is a traditional soup from Portugal, very popular in Brazil, made from potatoes, sausage and kale. It’s easy and quick to make!
Cold. Hot. Cold again… This is what the weather is like right now here in Texas.
On a cold day like today, what would be the perfect dish for dinner (or for lunch, too)? Soup, of course!
While growing up, in my family’s repertoire there were basically 3 soups: Bacon and Beans Soup (Sopa de Feijão), Chicken Soup (Canja de Galinha) , and Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup or “Green Soup” ).
Hmmmm… What to make today? I did not have to give it a second thought. Portuguese kale soup!
You may be thinking: ‘Why a Portuguese soup if you are from Brazil?’
Although this soup is originally from Northern Portugal’s Minho region, it became a popular dish throughout all Portugal and Brazil, which was once a colony of Portugal, and for a while during the Napoleonic Wars, was even its imperial capital and the home of the royal family.
The color of the kale gave the soup its name. It is traditionally accompanied by broa, a cornbread leavened with yeast. In Brazil, broa is flavored with fennel.
Another reason to choose this soup today instead of the other two mentioned above, is because it warms not only my tummy, but also my heart, too. My memories of eating this dish back in Brazil are many… and wonderful!
This soup has been present for years and years at the table of my family, which is descended from Portuguese immigrants to Brazil. I was introduced to the dish in my early years, and it was love at first spoonful. I can say that Portuguese kale soup or Caldo Verde is a family tradition passed down from generation to generation– it has been served by me at my home for years, and was also served by my mother, my grandma, and likely by my great-grandparents, who came from Portugal. One soup, so many generations…
I do love to think that I am sharing something hearty with those whom I did not have the chance to meet, but are part of me, like my great-grandparents. Moreover, I like to think that it will be passed down from my children to their children, and so on…
Did you say something? Ok, ok. I won’t leave you waiting any longer. Enjoy and keep yourself warm!