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"I was not made to be subtle..."

September Soups: Portuguese Kale Soup

September Soups: Portuguese Kale Soup

Hiiiii! 

I'm back for this weeks September Soup post and booooy is it delicious. This was the first time I had ever made this soup and all I can think is "girl.... what were you waiting for???"

I've always felt a connection with my Portuguese peeps. For one, they're kinda just like Italians. Two, one of my best friends since first grade is Portuguese and we were inseparable for yearssss. And last but not least, my favorite friend/co-worker Cookie is Portuguese. 

I grew up eating this soup non-stop every time my friends grandmother would visit her from Portugal (hi vovó!). It's such a delicious and hearty soup but it's definitely not a "start your meal with a soup" kinda soup, issa MEAL. I'm so excited to make this again when it's cooler out (cough cough, Mother Nature.. wtf girl?!)

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What You'll Need:

  • 3 lbs of potatoes
  • 8 (or so) cups of water  
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic  
  • Seasoning (I used garlic salt, pepper & 2 chicken bouillon cubes) 
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of kale  
  • 1 sausage (Portuguese sausage - chouriço or linguica but if you can't find those kielbasa will work) 

1. First step, throw your peeled, cubed potatoes, roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, 2 tbsp of olive oil and bouillon cubes into a pot. Cover them with 8 cups of water. Bring that to a boil for about 30 minutes or until soft. Once the potatoes are soft use a hand mixer or transfer to a blender and purée until smooth.

2. Time to cut up your kale. Grab a few pieces, roll them up like a cigar and slice very thin. You can also cut up your sausage now. Slice into thin rounds. Before throwing the kale and sausage in, taste the soup and see if it needs any seasoning. Throw in the kale and sausage, you may need to add some more water while the kale cooks down. Let this simmer for another 15 minutes or so. 

3. Taste test time! See if your soup needs any more seasonings. Once it's good, drizzle the other 2 tbsp of oil and you're done! 

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I'm so happy I finally made this (and more importantly that it was delishhhhh!) I hope I made all the vovó's out there proud!

I love making new foods especially from different cultures. And I also love how rich and hearty Portuguese food is soooo.. It looks like I'll be trying new Portuguese recipes all winter! Send me some of your faves!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of September Soups and keep an eye out for two more recipes coming soon! Eat up!

Noted, Nina

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