Saturday , 20 January 2018

Caldo Verde – Green Soup


More soup!  I’m surprised we’re not floating around here.

I’ve been stressing a bit lately – this quarter has been ridiculous school wise.  I keep trying to tell myself to look on the bright side of things; I have a guaranteed job and only 20 more weeks of class.

Twenty…more…weeks… *sigh*

But my birthday is Monday (yay!) and my family is taking me to the casino next Saturday for a little bit of birthday fun so at least that’s something to look forward to.

Am I the only one who silently chants “No whammies, no whammies, no whammies, stop!” while playing penny slot machines?

Anyway, back to the point of this post.  Caldo Verde basically mean green soup and is excellent if you’re striving to eat more leafy greens.  I went the kale route, but you could easily use collards instead.

What I love about this is how simple it is – the ingredients are super minimal but somehow combine into one delicious dish.

I almost put this in a bread bowl but ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to bake any.  Instead I went the quick route and just bought a loaf of whole grain crusty bread to serve alongside.

To bump up the flavor a bit I garnished with a bit of Parmesan and additional smoked Spanish paprika and highly recommend it.

Don’t be afraid to use more seasonings here than you think you need, since it’s a simple soup you’ll need it to really get the best effect.

Caldo Verde – Green Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 251

Fat per serving: 6.1

Caldo Verde – Green Soup


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and finely diced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 – 2 tsp smoked Spanish Paprika plus more to garnish
  • 1 ½ lbs kale or collard greens, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and onion for 3 – 5 minutes until soft but not browned.
  2. Add in the kale (you may have to do this in bunches) until it’s wilted down, another 5 – 8 minutes. Add in potatoes, stock, water, bay leaves, salt, pepper and Spanish paprika. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 12 – 18 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Taste and adjust any seasoning, adding more as needed. Split between four bowls and garnish with additional paprika along with Parmesan. Serve with crusty bread.

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  1. Big money Big money! I used to love that show 🙂 Great looking soup! I hope you have a fantastic birthday celebration!
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  2. Bring it on! No such thing as too much soup this time of year and this one sounds delish. The smoked paprika has me floating…
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  3. Now that is a seriously healthy soup! Delicious! …and Happy Birthday! I’m sure you’ll have a GREAT time at the casino!
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  4. Advanced Happy Birthday and good luck in the Casino!
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  5. Delicious soup, it looks so nice and hearty! Love the combination of the potatoes with the kale. Happy birthday, good luck at the casino!
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  6. This thing looks very very deliciously healthy.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.


  7. What a very comforting soup!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful and fun birthday!
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  8. So healthful this soup! AND Happy Happy Birthday – hope your day is a blast 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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  9. Oh no, your birthday was today (more like yesterday now)! Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. 🙂 Delicious soup – it’s been so cold lately this would be wonderful!
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  10. I love the combination of smoked paprika and potatoes, but never would have thought to put that in a soup with collards. What a great idea! Once I saw the smoked paprika, I could smell this soup! YUMMY!
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  11. You only have 20 more weeks of classes to go. You can do it. Thanks for sharing this delicious soup here. How long does it take to prepare this?

    Keep on posting yummy stuff here.


  12. oooh! You must be very excited for your birthdayyy!! I hope you get lots of freebies! Here in Canada, we get free drinks from Starbucks, Blenz, free meals and Denny’s, Red Robins etc etc… lol.. Anyway, I love the way your soup looks! Fantastic! I’m very curious of its taste as I’ve never had Caldo Verde!
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