Caldo verde – Portuguese soup from the Minho region

Author: Julia


Caldo verde is a traditional soup, that has its origins in the north of Portugal. The English translation of caldo verde is “green soup” or more precise “green stock”. It basically consists out of potatoes and cove galega, a typically Portuguese kind of cabbage.

caldo verde

The standard version of caldo verde requires chouriço, that I just leave out.  Another ting, that makes the soup very authentic is “broa”, which is typical corn-bread from the north of Portugal.

Normally I eat the soup in an old bakery/restaurant in the centre of Lisbon. The place is open during nights and serves fresh bread and hot soup even at 4 am. I assure you: There is nothing better against after-party-cravings than caldo verde with olive oil and piri piri.


  • one
  • onion
  • two cloves of
  • garlic
  • four
  • potatoes
  • one small bag of
  • cove galega
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • piri piri




Broa: Traditional bread from the north!

Cut the onion and the garlic into small pieces and fry them for three minutes. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cube. Add the potatoes and fry them for one minute. Add one litre of hot water. If you want to add some extra flavour, substitute the water with veggie stock. Let it simmer for at least half an hour. Cut the cove galega in very thin stripes. Mash the potatoes with a fork and add the cabbage. Let it simmer for one minute. Add salt, pepper an some extra olive oil. Serve it with piri piri and fresh bread. Bom proveito!

About me

I am Julia, vegan by heart, traveler and minimalist based in beautiful Portugal. I love simple but delicious food, ashtanga, skating, surfing and having a nice conversation over snacks and a glass of wine. I am blogging about vegan food, my minimalist journey, life hacks and my experiences as a traveler.