Portuguese Kale Soup


With a mild flavor resembling that of cabbage, kale is the central ingredient in this traditional Portuguese recipe. The thick, hearty soup calls for chorizo, a garlicky pork sausage that is available in most grocery stores, but you can also substitute linguica, a Portuguese sausage.


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 ½ pounds russet potatoes (about 5 potatoes), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 8 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat

  • 8 ounces chorizo sausage, halved lengthwise

  • ¾ pounds kale, stems removed, very thinly sliced

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until potatoes are very soft, about 15 minutes.

  2. Remove soup from heat, and puree with an immersion blender. Return to heat; add kale, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook chorizo until the fat renders and the sausage turns golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the sausage, and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Thinly slice sausage crosswise. Serve soup with a drizzle of olive oil, and garnish with chorizo slices.

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