Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)
There is something great about traditional recipes, I find myself searching for “traditional” recipes a lot. I guess its because I just want to know what it originally tasted like before I start mucking about with it. But you know, I never seem to have all the ingredients on hand and I end up mucking about with the recipe anyways. I mean, how did that traditional recipe start out anyways? Some old kitchen with a Mom who used what she had on hand, right?
This is a recipe for one of my favourite soups. Its so easy, and so delicious, it satisfies my meat (sausage) and creamy (potato) cravings, I could eat the whole pot. Traditionally I think they use Linguica or Chouriço sausage, both of which, of course, I didn’t have. I DO have a freezer full of fatty pork sausage seasoned only with salt and pepper. My favourite. So that is what I used and just add spices to it to make it hot. I have even had a situation where I had no sausage at all, so I just used ground pork and added spices to it! The recipe also calls for kale, which sometimes I have and sometimes I only have spinach, so I’ve used that on numerous occasions as well. I’ve used water to replace the chicken stock as well on some occasions and it was still delicious. This last time that I made it, all I had were baby potatoes from my CSA, I started peeling them and it was just taking forever so I was like, why am I even peeling these, and just chopped them up with the skins on. Use what you’ve got!