Last night was make a meal, share a meal Wednesday. This week it was cold outside and the temperature dropped twelve degrees overnight. For Californians, thats a big deal! With that in mind I decided to make soup!
I live in a region with a high concentration of Portuguese, so naturally there are a lot of yummy recipes floating around. Tonight I decided on Caldo Verde, or Potato and Kale Soup. It's easy, delicious, and perfect for a cold evening.
I'm not ever going to post a ton of pictures of me cooking soup because, frankly, I don't have the time, and don't want to waste yours. I want to share my recipe and let you get to cooking! And here it is.
1 pound Italian sausage (or linguisa if you can get it)
1 cup onion, chopped
8-10 red new potatoes (depending on how many you prefer)
1 bunch kale
1 teaspoon garlic
5 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
loaf of french bread or ciabatta bread
Dice onions and set aside and do the same with the potatoes. Slice Italian sausage or linguisa into slices and fry in a soup pot or dutch oven. When sausage is nicely done, drain excess fat from pan and add onion. Sauté until tender but not done. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Add potatoes, and then cover the entire contents of the pot with chicken broth. You want the broth to be a good two inches above the potatoes, so adjust your broth accordingly. Adjust seasonings, give it a good stir, and reduce temperature to low and cover.
While your potato mixture is simmering, wash your kale and begin tearing it into small pieces. I leave mine on the cutting board I used for vegetables, not meat! Also, you can slice your bread. The chewier the bread, the better it holds its shape, and doesn't turn into mush.
Right before everyone is ready to eat, maybe five minutes) throw in the kale and give it a stir. Serve in a big bowl with a slice or two of bread!