Thursday, February 5, 2009

Chorizo, Potato & Greens Soup

Last week we were watching Anthony Bourdain in the Azores on No Reservations & he kept talking about & showing this soup. A rustic soup of what was available, Portuguese sausages (or perhaps chorizo we weren't sure), potato, kale & cabbage. It looked so wonderful we decided to try our hand on it for dinner this week.
Chorizo, Potato & Greens Soup
It really was a wonderful winter dish. We love the flavor of the chorizo & cabbage a perfect little touch of sweetness. Matt thought it needed a little more paprika though I thought it was fine. A lot of chorizo contains paprika in it so check the seasoning of your soup & add a little more if you wish.
Chorizo
Last time I used chorizo links there was some question about what I was using since many people in the States are only familiar with Mexican chorizo. So, I took a picture of the smoked chorizo I use for soups & such. This harder type of chorizo is more common in Europe especially Spain but I'm starting to see it a lot more around here. This is a local grocery store brand but we've also bought it at World Market in the past.

Chorizo, Potato & Greens Soup

1 T olive oil
1/2 large onion (about 1 1/2 c) chopped
1 large garlic clove minced
2 smoked chorizo links, sliced
1/4 t smoked paprika
5 c chicken broth
1 large russet potato, peeled & cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 large kale leaves, stems removed & torn into large pieces
1 c cabbage, sliced
salt & pepper

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté until the onion softens. Add the sausage & paprika & cook while stirring a minute more. Add the broth, potato, kale & cabbage & bring to a boil. Cover & reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, the potatoes should be tender.

Serves 3

14 comments:

Maria said...

Soup is so good right now, thanks for another great recipe!

Elra said...

Wow Kat, that first photo look so real. As of the soup is right in front of me. Hmmm, almost can smell the chorizo. Delicious.
Cheers,
Elra

Ben said...

Very nice. I love the idea of using chorizo in soup. I think I am going to steal it from you :-p

recipes2share said...

This looks quite Eastern European - wholesome, warming & filling. Perfect for this cold spell!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious. Chorizo is such a warm and comforting flavor, it always brings a smile to my face.

giz said...

This does look interesting. A great looking soup with good combinations.

Grace said...

chorizo. i read the word and am immediately uplifted. great soup, kat. :)

Foodycat said...

That will cure whatever ails you! Lovely soup.

Peter M said...

Cabbage & Chorizo are wonderful together and we have lots of Portuguese here from the Azores...I'll ask them about this soup.

Kirby! said...

YUM! This looks so delish. I eat so much soup in the winter, especially soup like this with greens and sausage or soyrizo. Can't beat a warm hearty soup, mmmmmmm......

Jude said...

Loved that episode.. The hot springs segment was hilarious!

Anonymous said...

This is simmering on the stove now and smells divine. Didn't have kale so I used spinach and added some extra cabbage to use the rest of it up. I can't wait for supper time. =) I know I'm slow at posting on this ... but I'm trying to be good about giving thanks to those whose recipes I try.

<3 Nic

Anonymous said...

Another way to try this soup is to puree the potato, after boiling it and skip the chorizo. I used to live in Lisbon and this soup, called "Caldo Verde" was a daily part of my diet. Caldo Verde with a good rustic bread hits the spot every time.

Crazy Neighbors said...

This sounds a lot like Portuguese kale soup (caldo verde or sopa de couve). Try Gaspar's chourico or linguica. It's an excellent sausage made in Fall River, MA - but they sell it here in Florida, so I imagine it's readily available.

Also, I am always so jealous of your breads. They look mouthwatering.

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