Caldo Verde, a Vegan Soup
Traditional Caldo Verde is made with meat but this vegetarian soup is a staple at my place.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 5 people
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion minced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 6 large potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
- 1-1/2 ml water
- Salt taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 bundle palak washed and sliced fine
In a deep pan add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the garlic and onion till the onion is translucent.
Add the potatoes and stir fry till the potatoes are little soft. Add the water and let it come to a boil.
Lower the flame and cook covered for about 30 minutes till the potatoes cook till mushy.
Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or use the hand mixer to make a smooth broth. You can also cool it and use the blender or for the processor. (for an easy hack see notes).
There are people who use sausages in this soup so fry the thinly sliced sausage and add to the soup. Add salt and pepper too. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Before serving stir in the palak and bring to a boil. (I do not as we prefer our palak uncooked).
Stir in the rest of the oil.
Serve with bread and top it with olives if you like them.
- A simple hack to this soup I follow is that I pressure cook my potatoes and then mash them then add the water to the pan. Add about a litre of water you can always add more water if your broth is thick.
- This is a soup that is made in Portugal where meat-eating is very common. So they add meat like ham hock, sausages.