Now, I’m the kind of broad who loves her fine dining. The elegance, the artistry, the skill, the pushed boundaries are all sublime. But I don’t crave it. The things I crave are common, simple, easy to make, and let’s face it, inexpensive. Peasant food, street food, comfort food. And this recipe checks all those boxes. Portuguese Caldo Verde, my way of course 😉
- 1 large bunch of greens. I use Swiss Chard for mine, but any will work
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cans white beans, I like Cannellini
- 1 package Linguica if you can find it, but Spanish Chorizo or smoked Andouille work too
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- Red chili flakes (I’m a Spice girl, Spicy Spice)
Dice the onion and slice the sausage. Saute together over medium heat while prepping the greens. You absolutely must de-stem your greens before chopping them to remove the excess bitterness.
I used my salad spinner to wash and drain my greens. By now your onions and the sausage should be ready. Add in the garlic and chili pepper flakes (if using) and stir. Let the flavors bloom for a couple of minutes, then add in the beans, the greens, and the stock.
I used one of my pressure cookers (I have 3 different ones… save me from kitchen gadgets!) for all of my soups. I did this one in my Fage cooker so I just sealed the lid and let the pressure build. Once reached, I let it go for 15 minutes before turning off the heat. If you’re doing this in a regular pot, after bringing it to a boil, reduce the heat, put the lid on, and let it simmer for 45 minutes.
When the greens are cooked down and the bean have started to break down, your ready to go!
A perfect steaming bowl of deliciousness. If only I hadn’t forgotten the crusty baguette to go with it! I hope you try this one enjoy my lovelies 😘 Bon Appétit