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Kettle of Greens

Cooking Kettle of Greens

This national culinary Kettle of Greens treasure is served everywhere in Portugal, were its official name is Caldo Verde.


2 medium yellow onions, shredded
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 white boiling potatoes, sliced but not peeled
1 quart water
1/2 cup each: shredded green cabbage, turnip leaves, and kale leaves
Salt or salt substitute to taste
Pepper to taste


Saute the onion and garlic in half of the olive oil in a large pot until the onions are translucent.

Add potatoes and cook 5 to 6 minutes until pliant, stirring often. Add water. Boil until the potatoes are soft. Remove pot from heat. Mash contents with fork while still in water.

Add the greens and simmer, uncovered, for 7 to 8 minutes. Add the remaining oil along with salt and pepper. Stir before serving in large soup bowls.

This is considered a main course; always serve with hearty bread.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 217; Total Fat: 17g; Carbohydrates: 29g; Sodium: 29mg; Protein: 4g; Fiber: 4g

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