It has been in the eighties here this past week, humidity has been high and overall it's been uncomfortable. Yesterday, some cool air from Canada blew in and we woke up this morning to temps in the 40's. What a difference. All the windows were open and it was quite cool in here. It is the perfect weather for some soup.
A couple of weeks ago we went to dinner with my brother and his wife. We chose a Portuguese restaurant that is not too far from us. I am Portuguese and there are quite a few predominantly Portuguese communities not far from where we live. One of my favorite things is the Portuguese Kale soup sometimes called Green soup. It is so yummy but also very simple. I remember my mom making this many times but I have never made it myself. After enjoying it at the restaurant I decided I needed to try this.
I looked up some recipes on the internet, both in Portuguese and English. Found the one that seemed most similar to what my mom does and gave it a try.
This simple soup starts with a potato base.
6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion minced
2 cloves garlic minced
3 tbsp. olive oil
6 cups of water
Chourico sausage-as much or as little as you want-sliced thin
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil
2. Add potatoes and water. Bring to a boil and let cook until potatoes are soft.
3. While potatoes cook, wash and julienne your greens
4. Turn stove off and using an immersion blender, blend it.
5. Turn stove back on, add sliced chourico sausage and greens. Cover and cook about 10 minutes.
Disclaimer: we use only Portuguese chourico. We are lucky to be able to find it locally. It is not the same as Spanish chourico sausage.