Cabbage and Potato Soup (Caldo Verde)

Cabbage and Potato Soup (Caldo Verde)

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • About This Recipe

    “Traditional Portuguese soup, very good!! (The wine and food of Europe – Marc & Kim Millon) “


  • 5mediumpotatoes
  • 6 1/4 cupswater
  • 3clovesgarlic, peeled
  • 4tablespoonsolive oil
  • 1/4 lb cabbage or 1/4 lbkale, kale is traditional,finely shredded
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Directions

  • Peel and cut up potatoes, and boil in salted water, with garlic.
  • When soft, mash and add olive oil and cabbage or kale.
  • Boil uncovered for about 3 minutes.
  • Season to taste.
  • Serve in bowls with a drop of olive oil in the bottom of each.
  • Reviews

  • “I am Portuguese and this is truly delicious.Very “light” and tremendously good for you!I use the Kale when I make Caldo Verde!Thanks for posting this!”

  • “Very, very interesting, and pretty darn good! I wondered if the oil was necessary, but I added it anyway for it to be as authentic as possible… well I DID have to use cabbage, because no wayyy I’d find kale in markets here! 🙂 I peppered this nicely and had a lovely, light, winter dinner with toasted bread and fruit. Thanks Dorothy!”

  • “This was a delicious soup.I loved the way the garlic flavoured the potatoes.I had red cabbage to use up and am glad I came upon this recipe.We ended up adding salt to each bowl, I would probably add 1 or 2 tsp of salt to it next time.Thanks for the simple but yummy recipe!”

  • “Derf, this soup is super tasty! The potatoes and cabbage go so well together and the garlic adds a very nice flavour, too!I really like how simple and easy this is to put together and how much flavour you get from such few ingredients. I chose savoy cabbage instead of kale, cause thats what I had on hand and I thought it added a great taste. Due to this substitution I had to cook the cabbage with the potatoes and pureed the whole soup witha hand-held blender at the end. LOVELY!THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! Ill certainly make it often again this autumn/winter.Made and reviewed as a recipenap for Veggie Swap #15 Octobre 09.”

  • “It has great potential. We thought it very bland, added garlic salt, onion powder more pepper and more salt. Thinking next time we will use chicken broth instead of water.”

  • “Very nice light soup. Good for a light supper. Just don’t expect young children to go for the soup LOL.”

  • “Nice, basic recipe, but nothing special. Make sure that the potatoes are boiled well before mashing them, or the starch will make the soup gluey.”