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CALDO VERDE (KALE SOUP)

This is a typical Portuguese soup, here spiced up by the piri-piris. The sausage often contains piri-piri powder and is the same as the chorizo of Spain and Mexico.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil 1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
10 ounces chouri?o sausage (chorizo), diced
6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
3 dried piri-piri chiles, crushed (or substitute piquin or Thai)
8 cups of cold water
1 pound kale or spinach, cut into small julienne Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are translucent. Add the garlic, half the chouri?o, and the chiles and cook for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, cover everything with water, bring to a boil and lower the heat, simmering until the potatoes are almost done, about 15 minutes. When the soup is cool enough to handle, puree it in a food processor and return to the pot. Add the greens, and bring everything back to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, ladle into bowls and garnish on top with the remaining cubes of chouri?o. Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Heat Scale: Medium

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( Recipe from “Portuguesefood.com” by A. P. DeJesus)