Cooking for one…

Since Oona has taken work in Kansas City, I’ve been batching it. Soups are great for that. Especially this one, CALDO VERDE, a Portuguese kale & potato soup.


  • 3/4 of a pound of potatoes, diced (you can peel them if you are fastidious)
  • 1 onion, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled & crushed
  • 1 tbs of olive oil

Heat oil in a heavy soup kettle, saute onion/shallot/garlic until translucent; add potatoes, adding

  • 1.5 quarts of chicken or turkey stock
  • some chopped parsley
  • 2 bay leaves

Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender. Remove bay leaves; mash potatoes or liquify in a blendor. 

Cut 1/3 of a pound of kale in a fine chiffonade and add this to the soup. Simmer for a bit and add salt & pepper to taste. Slices of fried chorizo may be added for a garnish.


6 thoughts on “Cooking for one…

  1. I’ve been making potato soups of late and this one sounds just fine. I’ve not done the kale thing before, but it is the sort of green addition I favor. So, are you then in Virginia and your Lady is in Missouri?

  2. Yes, them white beans are good in a soup like this. I have a ton of chives in the garden and I always chop a handful of them into the soup. I also liked the idea for a bit of sausage. Have to say though the chorizo one gets around here is not that great.

  3. Muito autentico! I had a lot of this Lisboa, and this recipe sounds like the real thing. A lot of recipes leave out the chiffonade part, they just tell you to slice it up. I have watched old Portuguese ladies make this, and they roll the kale leaves up like a cigar and then slice finely crosswise.

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