Chorizo, Potato & Kale Soup


Inspired by caldo verde, a soup traditional in northern Portugal and served with corn bread called broa, this satisfying winter soup features tender potatoes and spicy chorizo sausage. Collard or mustard greens can be substituted for the kale.

Portuguese Potato-Kale Soup
Photo: Photography / Fred Hardy, Styling / Kady Wohlfarth / Kay Clarke
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 6 ounces chorizo sausage, cut in half lengthwise and sliced (see Note)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 8 all-purpose potatoes, (2 pounds total), peeled and sliced

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, root ends trimmed

  • 1 bunch kale, (1 pound), trimmed, washed and thinly sliced

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Heat a small, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain the chorizo on paper towels and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a heavy stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add broth, potatoes and garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Transfer the potatoes and garlic to a bowl with a slotted spoon; lightly mash with a fork. Return to the soup and bring to a simmer. Stir in kale, a handful at a time. Simmer until the kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved chorizo and season with salt and pepper.


Note: Chorizo, a spicy pork sausage seasoned with paprika and chili, is originally from Spain and is often used in Mexican cooking. Chorizo can be made with raw or smoked, ground or chopped pork. Chorizo is available at well-stocked supermarkets, specialty food stores or online at Chorizo can be found in the deli section of most large supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
11g Fat
30g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Vitamin A 5668IU 113%
Vitamin C 79mg 88%
Folate 101mcg 25%
Sodium 881mg 38%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 57mg 14%
Potassium 954mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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