Wintertime is cabbage time and here is a recipe that is says simplicity all over: Caldo Verde. This is a very simple Portuguese soup that uses Savoy cabbage which is abundant at this time of year, you can also use spring greens, Cavolo Nero, and plain or curly kale for this.
This is a meatless version, if you want to add meat, try some pan fried pancetta, chorizo or some sausage. Delicious winter warmer, cheer me up type food!
Serves 4 – 6
Medium sized Savoy cabbage about 400 g
1 kg potatoes
3 garlic cloves, peeled and made into a puree
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
1.5 litres of vegetable stock
½ tsp pimenton –maybe more according to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with finely chopped parsley that is pounded with olive oil and pimenton –if you want you can add a little garlic to this mix.
Prepare the cabbage by removing the outer leaves and cut into quarters, then core and slice very finely. Peel and dice the potatoes and put in a pan with the garlic, tomato, pimenton and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes and break the potatoes to a rough puree. Season with salt and pepper and add more pimenton if you want.
Just before serving, add the sliced cabbage, bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minues or until the cabbage has cooked.
Make a garnish by putting some finely chopped parsley, pimenton a clove of garlic and some olive oil, pound and mix until it resembles a puree.
Serve in bowls and put a teaspoon of the garnish.