Introduction to Portuguese Soups

To place in perspective this section dedicated to  I will give an introduction to the various soups that one can find in my country Portugal. Did you know that Portugal is one of the biggest consumers of soup in the world? It is also one of the most creative countries in terms of recipes, changing and combining the ingredients and methods of preparation according to the different regions. So I hope that I can help in guiding you through the most typical soups in the country and please let yourself be inspired.

Caldo Verde: “Portuguese Collard Soup”

This is a simple and easy way to make Caldo Verde, one of the most popular soups in Portuguese cuisine. Caldo Verde combines the wonderful flavors of chouriço, collard greens, and potatoes to make a delicious and hearty soup that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Try it out and tell us what you think! It is a creamy soup with the wonderful use of collard, giving it the green soup look. Enjoy it with a thick slice from your favourite loaf of bread! All over Portugal adore caldo verde, a soup typically served as a first course or light supper. It has been immortalized in poetry and song, including a classic penned by poet Reinaldo Ferreira and sung by Amalia Rodrigues, Uma Casa Portuguesa: “It takes very little, very little to simply brighten a life … love, bread, wine, and hot caldo verde in a bowl.” Caldo verde, literally meaning “green broth” is a timeless Portuguese recipe. Caldo verde represents the essence of Portuguese cuisine: simple, rustic, satisfying. Using only five ingredients, most of which are always on hand, it is a humble soup that packs a lot of flavour. I grew up eating caldo verde on regular weekdays after school because it’s that easy to whip together but it’s so delicious that it has a place at weddings and other celebrations too. Caldo verde makes me proud to be Portuguese and I get so glad when I hear that my non Portuguese friends have tried making it at home themselves. Do you know exactly what cabbage to use in caldo verde? You probably don’t unless you grew up in a Portuguese household. So I’m going to take some time here to dispel a very common myth about this dear peasant soup.