Portuguese Sides/ Snacks/ Soups

Caldo verde (Green broth)

‘Caldo verde’ is the most traditional soup in Portugal. Is made with a type of cabbage that grows pretty much everywhere in Portugal, is called ‘couve galega’ or’ couve portuguesa’. In the UK the closest I found to it is dark leafy fresh greens. The other secret is the chorizo, which is very easy to find a vegan version of, most supermarkets will sell chorizo style vegan sausages. I have it with some nice bread on the side, is filling and tastes like home. Give it a try!

Type: soup

Time: 10 min prep + 30 min cooking

Difficulty: 1 pan

Makes: 4 portions

What you need:

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces

1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into small pieces

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 vegan chorizo style sausages, sliced (thawed first if frozen)

1 bay leaf

3 to 4 large leafy green leaves, very thinly sliced

Salt to taste

Olive oil to taste


1- Prepare all the vegetables and slice sausages;

2- Add potatoes, sweet potato, onion, garlic, sausages and bay leaf to a pan, fill with water to cover all vegetables and cook for about 20 minutes in medium heat, until all is cooked;

3- Remove from heat and take out the bay leaf and sausages. Blend the rest until it turns into a cream (add more water if you prefer a more runny soup);

4- Add sliced green leafy vegetables and sausages and cook for another 5 to 10 min in low heat until the greens are cooked;

5- Remove from heat, add a splash of olive oil and salt to taste. Serve while hot.


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