Comfort Soup

Although I’ve returned to work, I still have the nagging cough and the slightly runny nose. It’s gotten a lot better, but I wake up coughing at night and haven’t been able to run in almost a week. I was feeling particularly crummy on Thursday night, and absolutely had to have potato soup. Not just any potato soup, but caldo verde. My mother had served it over Thanksgiving, which reminded me that my housemate Kate used to make it too. It’s such a good comfort food, and I was craving the creamy potato and tangy kale taste.

I googled around, and came up with this recipe – a combination of many I found. It tastes pretty good, and makes a batch big enough to keep you fed for the weekend.

  1. Dice 1 onion. Cook in a little oil until soft.
  2. Add 6 potatoes, thinly slice. Cook for a few minutes, stirring so the potatoes don’t stick.
  3. Add 4 cups chicken broth and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and then let simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, slice a package of spicy sausage (I used chorizo) into rounds and then cook until done.
  5. Let the potatoes cook about 20 minutes or until soft. When soft, mush with a potato masher until the texture agrees with you.
  6. Add the cooked sausage and simmer “until the flavours come together” (my favorite cooking description)
  7. Then add 1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped up. Simmer until the kale is soft.
  8. Serve!

It’s really delicious, although the chorizo is maybe a little too spicy. And it almost cures the cold…

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