Caldo verde (Portuguese for “green broth”) is a popular soup in Portuguese cuisine.
The basic ingredients for caldo verde are potatoes, onions and kale (some recipes call for collard greens instead). Common additional ingredients are garlic, salt, and olive oil. Some recipes add meat. The soup is often accompanied by slices of chouriƧo or linguiƧa, or with Portuguese broa cornbread for dipping. In Portugal, caldo verde is typically consumed during Portuguese celebrations, such as weddings. It is sometimes consumed before a main course meal or as a late supper.
Caldo verde originated from the Minho Province in northern Portugal. Today, it is a traditional national favorite that has spread across the nation and abroad. References to the soup appear in many novels by Camilo Castelo Branco.