Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup

Here we are, right in the middle of what some people call the doldrums of January.  I read that this week is the most depressing week of the year.  With all the craziness going on here in our house and with our family, I’d almost have to agree!  But things could always be worse, right?  Yes.  Yes they could.

Nothing a hot bowl of soup can’t cure.


Love the “kick” the chorizo gives it.  Just enough…

And wait until you see how easy it is to make!


Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup
from Gourmet

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 pound chorizo, cut into pieces
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 cups water
1 pound kale, cleaned and chopped

Heat one tablespoon oil in a large pot.  Add chorizo and cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often.  Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.  Add 2 more tablespoons oil to pot and cook onion and garlic over medium heat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook 7-8 minutes, until browned.

Add potatoes, water and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Cover and simmer until potatoes are very tender, 15-20 minutes.  Mash some potatoes into soup to thicken.  Add kale and simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes.   Stir in sausage and cook until heated through.  Drizzle with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4 (main course servings).

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