Portuguese Caldo Verde recipe

As hard as it is to let go of summer, I'm already getting excited about fall recipes.  In fact, as you can see, I couldn't wait.  This Portuguese sausage kale potato soup embodies much of what I love about this cooking season: a tasty, steamy, smoky, comforting dinner in one pot. And speaking of the pot, beautiful blue Dutch Oven from Lodge, like the one that you see in the photo above, will be given away to one of Panning The Globe's visitors.  I'll tell you more about how to enter the giveaway after I share more with you about this delicious, authentic Portuguese soup. Portuguese Caldo Verde In Portugal the most popular meat is pork and the best-loved soup is sausage kale potato soup, also know as Caldo Verde. It's often served at weddings and other special occasions. Caldo Verde originated in the Minho region of northern portugal.  You might be familiar with the delicious sparkling wine called Vinho Verde, which hails from that same region.

Stemming Kale

Kale and potatoes are abundant in this recipe.  I love to use the darker, more delicate lacinato kale.  First remove the thick center ribs.  Then stack and roll the leaves and slice them into thin slivers. kale for Caldo Verde After the potatoes cook in the broth, half of them are mashed, which makes the soup thick and creamy.  The other half remain in bite-sized chunks, adding great texture to the dish.

Sliced russet potatoes

One of the key ingredients of Caldo Verde is Linguica sausage.  It's a smoked pork sausage, flavored with garlic and sweet paprika.  If you can't find Linguica, you can substitute another smoked sausage, such as Chourico or even Spanish Chorizo.

Chopping sausage for Portuguese sausage soup

I like to slice one sausage into rounds for a tasty garnish.  The rest of the sausages are chopped to give the soup a thickness and ensure that you get some delicious sausage in every bite.


Caldo Verde Recipe

 If you want to stick with tradition, serve the soup with brown bread or corn bread to dip.
Portuguese sausage kale potato soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Portuguese
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 5-7
A hearty, comforting, one-pot dinner
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for sautéing
  • 1½ pounds fully-cooked, smoked Linguica sausage - slice one fourth of the sausage into thin rounds - the rest into ¼-inch dice (Chorizo or Chourico are good substitutes if you can't find Linguica)
  • 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion (2 medium onions)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (5-6 cloves)
  • 4 cups low salt chicken broth (I recommend Swanson's)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled, sliced into quarters lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1-inch chunks.
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch kale, washed, thick center ribs removed, and slivered (I prefer the dark green dinosaur kale but any kale is fine)
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Sauté the sausage rounds for 1 minute or two, until they are nicely browned. Transfer to a small plate and set aside. Add diced sausage to the pot and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, until they start to brown a bit. Transfer to small bowl and set aside.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pot, along with the chopped garlic and onions. Sauté over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes until onions soften and start to get transparent. (Don't let them brown)
  3. Add broth, water, potatoes and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to a steady simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Using a potato masher, mash half the potatoes right in the pot, so you have a creamy broth with some chunks of potato remaining.
  4. Add the cooked chopped sausage and the slivered kale. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the kale wilts and the soup is heated through.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and top each with a few rounds of cooked sausage. Enjoy!


Now for the exciting GIVEAWAY!  The prize is a beautiful Lodge 6-quart enameled cast iron Dutch oven in Caribbean blue.  If you’re not familiar with Lodge Cast Iron, they are a family owned and operated business that has been producing high quality cast iron cookware since 1896. I am a huge fan of cast iron cookware and I’ve been using Lodge products for decades.  You might have noticed that Panning The Globe’s trademark is a cast iron skillet with wings.


Dutch Oven giveaway on Panning The Globe

The folks at Lodge have generously donated a beautiful 6-quart Dutch oven for this giveaway. It’s the perfect pot for soups, stews, roasts and braises and I’m happy to be able to extend this offer just as we head into soup and stew season. So here’s how to enter:  it’s easy – just fill out the form below and leave a comment about your favorite soup or stew at the end of this post.

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Note: only US residents are eligible for this giveaway.


  1. Barbara Joseph says

    Hey Lisa,
    You are not going to believe this. I’m going to start a dinner group of a new friend and said we should have kale as our theme. I have this amazing kale salad and just said now I need to find a great kale soup! You just did all the work for me. Thank you! I’ll let you know how it goes…

  2. valerie reich says

    This soup looks fantastic; can’t wait until our weather turns a bit cooler to enjoy it! My favs would have to be a refreshing and garlicky gazpacho with a base of bloody mix and a mulligatawny, bright yellow, speckled with poppy seeds and loaded with chicken…yum!

  3. Phil Sevetson says

    This sounds like it would taste lovely… but I’m still partial to beef stew or chicken noodle for a cold day in the Northeast.

  4. Iain Abernathy says

    I’ve been enjoying a Mexican chicken soup lately; it’s basically tortilla soup without the tortillas. I will definitely be trying this soon, though. I’ve never cooked with kale.

  5. Sarah says

    I’ve made Tex-Mex Tortilla Soup in an enamel Lodge Dutch oven! It was fantastic, and I love using my Lodge Dutch oven!!! Everything cooks so beautifully in cast iron!

  6. Tatoosh says

    I love a slow cooked beef stew the best, full of rich flavors, with potatoes and carrots. I use a bit of paprika, but I really prefer the Hungarian version. Just something special about the flavor.

    The stew above looks fantastic. And I am learning to make my own sausages. So it seems like a great one to try.

  7. Cary Bradley says

    This is my new favorite! I’m growing both dino and Portuguese Tronchuda kale in the garden right now! I LOVE your recipe. I’ve been meaning to try Calo Verde soup for years and I love how you mash half the potaotes for density, and also chop most of the chorizo for a bite in every spoonful. Excellent ideas!!! Thanks so for sharing!

  8. Sherry R says

    The soup looks delicious! I will be trying it…and probably will cook it more than once.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win the Dutch oven.

  9. Heather says

    That soup looks yummy even though its 100*+ degrees where I am :) There are so many yummy soups to choose from, but Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup :)

  10. Sherry says

    We love soups with a good bit of substance, like minestrone, chili, and chicken tortilla soup. We will definitely try the sausage-kale-potato.

  11. Ronda says

    Our favorite soups are bean or potato soups, usually with the addition of ham or sausage. This sausage potato and kale recipe sounds like something we’ll like also – can’t wait to try it!

  12. Samantha says

    This is definitely going on my “to-be-made-soon” list. I can’t wait to try it out on my picky-eater husband. I’m sure he’ll love it!

  13. Linda says

    Your soup looks delicious. I have another Kale and sausage meatball soup that I love. But I definitely an going to make this one. One can never have enough great recipes using Kale.

  14. Jeremy Wildeman says

    Looks good, I would have to make it more Paleo friendly though by passing on the potatoes and adding some extra protein maybe.

  15. says

    My favorite soup is spicy sausage and lentil soup, next to that is a Colombian beef soup with yuca, potato, beef and lots of cilantro… its amazing! My favorite stew is my own, i add a lot to it… even fruit in there. it’s really good, it’s rich and hearty and filling and it has a tomato-y base that i love. :) my hubby who is picky about veggies loves it. 😀

  16. Lisa says

    Love Caldo Verde! I make a vegan version of this great soup throughout the fall and winter.

    And I love cooking with cast iron so much, I have a tattoo of a cast iron skillet on my forearm! :)

  17. says

    Mmmmm! This looks perfect for making beef stew with carrots and onions. I’ll actually be ordering my first piece of cast iron in a day or so (a skillet) from Lodge! It’d be awesome to add this piece to my growing cookware collection! 😀

  18. Stephanie W says

    My favorite soup is Zuppa Tuscana from Olive Garden and I make a mock recipe of at home. This looks recipe looks extremely similar minus the heavy cream! Look forward to trying it soon.

  19. William S. says

    I love soup from all over the world. But if I had to pick, it would be my grandmother’s Borscht around Christmastime. Nothing really special about it, just great memories.

  20. Bev M says

    2 favorites…. Beef Stew and Broccoli Cheddar Soup …. and now I think when I make this soup, Portuguese sausage kale potato soup may make it to the top of the list… sounds yummy… I might even add some sweet potatoes to it….. yum

    • Peggy D. says

      Haha sorry, didn’t mean to re-post — and now I have to make the stuff! I’ll be looking for kale to make Caldo Verde, though, it sounds amazing!!

  21. Sue says

    My favorite soup is the turkey noodle soup my mother makes after Thanksgiving. It uses the turkey bones, some of the dressing, the meat and, of course, noodles.

  22. Nikki says

    I love my grandmother’s super simple potato soup – it’s mostly just water, potatoes, onions, water, and a little flour, salt, and pepper…but somehow, it cheers me up every time. :)

  23. Gina Marquis says

    I always love new soup ideas… YUM! As the weather gets cooler my favorite to bake in a dutch oven is N.E. Baked Beans. I know it is not soup but being from New England it is the Saturday night thing to do. I always have great luck using a cast iron pot in my gas oven. The delicious smell of molasses and bacon baking into the beans is so amazing!

  24. Renee says

    I cannot wait to try this soup. I love to cook, and I use Lodge cast iron 99% of the time in all my cooking. Every little morsel of food tastes so much better when cooked in cast iron.

  25. Beverly says

    Over the past year I’ve gotten back into cooking with cast iron, and the difference in HOW I cook is amazing! I didn’t always like stews or soups, until lately…NOW making soups and stews in raw or enameled cast iron has retired my slow cooker! I especially like making beef stew with yummy fresh carrots, celery, onion and potato. Nothing like that smell in the house from it cooking for hours in the oven! And clean up is a snap with cast iron. NOPE I will never again cook stew or soups (or anything!) in anything else!

  26. Barbara says

    My son-in-law has been eating a lot of kale recently for health reasons, and the rest of the family is joining him. Will definitely fix this recipe! Thank you for posting it. I am also a Lodge lover!

  27. Ella Belle says

    This soup looks super delish! I’d love to make it because I’m trying to get kale into our diet. Unfortunately, we are very limited for any sort of sausages where I live. We do have a locally made & smoked beef & pork sausage that is pretty tasty, but it is not spicy at all. Any idea of how I could use it & still get the soup to come out tasting close to what you have made? Like, what sort of herbs or spices are in Linguica, Chorizo or Chourico that I could add? Thank you for any suggestions!

    • says

      Linguica is a smoked sausage, flavored with garlic and paprika. I bet the soup would be delicious if you sauté your local smoked pork sausage in some garlic and sprinkle it with a teaspoon of sweet or smoked paprika. Lisa

  28. Robert says

    My favorite stew I have ever had was a lamb stew I ate a a now closed Egyptian restaurant in Astoria, NY on Steinway St. I never new the name, as it was only written in Arabic, but I walked by it all the time and the smells that came out when the doors were open were wonderful. There are still many great Middle Eastern / North African restaurants there (Mombar is a GREAT example), but I’ve never tasted anything like this since.

  29. anne harris says

    there are quite a few soups I really enjoy. one is a beefy vegetable soup, preferably homemade, of course, with a thick slice of crusty bread.

  30. Maggie says

    There’s nothing like (Homemade) Clam Chowder! Dad’s licensed, go dig up some quahogs, bring home & rinse, make the base using milk rather than cream, it’s killer.

  31. Margaret Grote says

    Favorite soup to eat is a nice thick potato soup but to make is whatever we have left over all thrown in some homemade chicken stock!

  32. Heather Renee says

    I adore bean and bacon soup, but when I’m sick nothing beats homemade chicken and rice. :) Very kind of you to host a giveaway!

  33. Catherine Hodge Sith says

    Lisa, I grew up in Fresno, CA and my God parents were Portuguese which meant that I eventually met oodles of Portuguese families. I love Portuguese soups and stews. I spent my first entire in summer in Europe in 1971 and then returned for another summer in 1972. I loved Portugal and their food there. Like Basque food, it is completely unique from Spanish, Italian and French food, but is so memorable, flavorful and hearty. I love this soup recipe which is a little different from my Godmothers as she always had beans in hers. We eat a lot of kale the last 2 or 3 years and since it is a super food, I am always looking for new ways to serve it. Thanks so much! I also love my cast iron skillet, but would totally love to win their beautiful kettle.

  34. Eddie Hagler says

    I like a nice beef and potato soup. Beef is a good source of nutrition and calories and potatoes are a good source of starch both protein and starch are needed in a diet.

  35. Kelly S. says

    What a fantastic recipe! I love that it’s a traditional dish, and I will have to try it! One of my favorite soups is Potato Leek!

  36. Cheryl says

    I can hardly wait to try this soup. It sounds delicious! And I would love to win a Lodge pot. It’s gorgeous and practical!

  37. Regina Holland says

    I love a good gumbo, and nothing makes a roux better than my Lodge Cast iron. I’ve had it for more than 30 years now and it gets better every year.

  38. Jennipurr says

    We planted kale in our garden for the first time, so this recipe comes at the perfect time for us, too! It looks delicious! We have a lot of favorite soups, including potato soup and classic minestrone…which has tons of veggies and takes forever to make. I make a HUGE pot of it and freeze it, as it gets better with “age.” I LOVE Lodge, so I am really excited about your contest! Thank you! :)

  39. Nancy Leigh says

    I can’t wait to try this soup recipe; it sounds delicious!
    My favorite soup is any kind of soup that is full of flavors. :)

  40. Stephanie Cutright says

    I love to fix my chili or a pot of great northern beans with ham in cast iron. This pot would look soooo good sitting on my stove!

  41. Teresa Melton says

    My favorite soup is split pea. I make what I think is a big pot so I can freeze some and then usually just eat the whole thing. But stew, well now you have my mouth watering. I will have to buy some beef and veggies tomorrow. It always tastes better the second day.

  42. Cynthia Koller says

    I have a ton of kale in my garden and we have grown tired of kale salad. The weather here will be cool this weekend. This soup would be great!

  43. Hannah A says

    I would have to say my favorite is brocolli sundried tomoto soup. It is delicious! Although, I do love Kale so I will def give this one a try! Thanks!

  44. Claudia says

    My favorite comfort soup is one my Mom made often: marrow bones, veggies and manischewitz bean soup mix. Straight from the 1950’s-60’s jewish kitchen :) I instantly regress to age 12 when I eat it!

    The Kale soup sound delicious, and perfect for a fall day. I will make it soon!

  45. Mya Murphy says

    I’m going to be honest, the soup you have posted looked gross and almost made me sick. My favorite soup is chicken noodle. I love the classics.

  46. Kathy says

    That soup in that Dutch Oven sounds like my kind of heaven!!!!!!!!! And, beef stew would really “shine” simmered all day long in that pan!!! Sheesh, I’m making myself hungry! LOL

  47. M. Sun says

    My very favorite soup was my mother’s beef heart stew. As kids we always called it bee fart stew – but that was what we always asked her to make when given a choice. Unfortunately, she never wrote the recipe down and has passed away. It will always live in my heart and on my taste buds.
    I really can’t wait to try this soup this fall as we are still really warm where I live but I am thinking about it because I have just discovered KALE. Love, love, love kale! It will be the first soup I make. I can already taste it.
    As an aside – I also am really happy that I found your website. I already have made a couple of the recipes found here and those Thai coconut bbq ribs I now make at least a couple of times a month!

  48. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I love beef stew and chili! I also think the hamburger stew/soup my sister makes is delicious! Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Monique Rizzo says

  50. Carolyn G says

    My family is from Costa Rica and we make a soup called Olla de Carne: Pot of beef. It is filled with meat and veggies. It is amazing.

  51. Sheila says

    Lisa, this looks like another great recipe. My favorite stew is a simple beef stew with lots of carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, and potatoes.

  52. Nicole Millheim says

    I make a stew with sausage, green beans and potatoes that is so good. I really like the recipe you listed above. I am printing it to try it this week. ty …i know my family is going to love it

  53. Katie Roch says

    My favorite stew is Vegetarian Stew with Quinoa, Butternut Squash & Coconut Milk. It’s a perfect dish to make in fall when the butternut squash is in season and you need a healthy dish to warm you up.

  54. Tammy says

    Portuguese on my maternal side andmy Mom always made kale soup! I’ve never made it myself but since she has passed and I see this recipe I have to make it. Thanks for sharing! And blue is my color too!!

  55. Debbie says

    I am anxious to make this Portugese Kale Soup when were have Father Gomes over for dinner. His eyes lit up when I said I would make. It is such a hearty tasty soup!

  56. Matt and Barb Kenslea says

    We made this (OK, Barb made it) last night to include with a Wine tasting focused on Portuguese red wines. The soup was delicious and the pairing with the red wines was great. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Barb Kenslea says

      I second Matt’s comment! The soup was a big hit! Lizzie and I were down in Rhode Island earlier this week and made a stop on our way home at a Portuguese market in Fall River to get the Linguica. Thanks for the recipe Lisa…I will definitely make it again.

  57. Monique Williams says

    I simply love this soup! Never knew what to cook with Kale. This is a wonderful combination and soothing to the soul!


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