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Kale Soup

1 large yellow onion, peeled and minced fine
1 large garlic clove, peeled and minced
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2 quarts cold water
6 oz chorizo, pepperoni, or other dry, garlicky sausage, sliced thin
2 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. kale (or collards, turnip greens) washed, trimmed of coarse stems and
veins, then sliced in a chiffonade

Saute the onion and garlic in 3 tbs of oilin a large, heavy saucepan
2 to 3 minutes over moderate heat until they begin to color and
turn glassy; do not brown or they will turn bitter. Add the potatoes
and saute, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, until they begin
to color also. Add the water, cover, and boil gently over moderate
heat 20 to 25 minutes until the potatoes are mushy. Meanwhile,
fry the sausage in a medium heavy skillet over low heat 10-12
minutes until most of the fat has cooked out; drain well and reserve.

When the potatoes are soft, remove the pan from the stove and with
a potato masher, mash the potatoes right in the pan in the soup
mixture. Add the sausage, salt, pepper, return to moderate heat,
cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add the kale and simmer uncovered 5
minutes until tender and the color of jade. Mix in the remaining
tablespoon of oil and taste the soup for salt and pepper. Serves


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Good Version of Caldo Verde...but..., December 27, 2006 - 12:14 PM
Reviewer: Nazare from Orillia, ON Canada
To make the whole process easier, put all ingredients (except greens), into one pot,no chopping!(keeping the chourico/smoked sausage whole). When potatoes cooked,remove meat,reserve. Use a food mill, hand wand, or food processor and puree. Return to stove, add greens of choice, bring to a boil, cook until tender.Laddle soup, top with sliced sausage,drizzle with olive oil. serve with corn bread or hardy crusty bread.

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Caldo Verde 03, March 30, 2006 - 02:09 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from sydney australia
love it looooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
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my favourite soup, December 13, 2004 - 03:22 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Toronto, Canada
This recipe seems to be the most accurate one on this site and I've also noticed that it was taken from a recipe book written by Jean Anderson who also has a number of other great portuguese recipes. The only thing I found is that 6 potatos is a bit much, I usually go with 4 large potatos. Give it a try and you will be impressed with yourself. Enjoy!

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