Caldo Verde

27 Jun

Caldo Verde  can also be called as Cream of Spinach Soup is a Portuguese Soup which is popular in Goa for special occasion. Caldo Verde in simple translation would be Caldo meaning “Broth” and Verde meaning ” Green”. It is most often served in little teacups instead of soup bowls. The Goan version of caldo verde is made with spinach instead of collard greens.



  • 10 oz of fresh spinach
  • 1 large russet potato ( cleaned and diced in large chunks )
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup whole or 2% milk
  • 1 small onion chopped fine



  •  Heat oil in a pot and add the chopped onions, saute till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the potatoes, broth and cook covered on medium heat till potatoes are soft about 15-20 minutes.
  • Next add the Spinach and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Take of heat and with a hand blender puree the soup in the pot carefully as its hot. Once done add the milk. Place it back on the heat and bring it to a quick boil.
  • Serve hot with rustic bread or slices of baguette.


The nice thing about this soup is that you can make it vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Also it taste better the next day. You can check out more recipes here.


21 Responses to “Caldo Verde”

  1. My Masala Life June 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    Omg this looks awesome. I am Portuguese married to a north indian so its great to see the goan fusion food recipes. Thanks for this

    • Nandini June 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

      Thank You Tina:-). Goa sure does have a strong Portuguese influence in its culture, religion and cuisine. .

  2. afracooking June 29, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    So pretty with those dollops that look like little daisies!

  3. Kellee July 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Ooh this looks good. Your blog is very interesting. Thanks for the like 🙂

  4. charlypriest July 3, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    It can be Portuguese but we also eat that in Spain, actually I know how to make one, ha ha, that was fun to see. Although it probably is but not Portuguese, since we invaded them some years ago, part of our little Spanish Inquisition, of course we taught them how to eat, and eat healthy I might add.

    • Nandini July 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

      Lol…guessing that Spanish cuisine is more popular then Portuguese you maybe right on this one Charly 🙂

  5. essbee14 July 4, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    The recipe looks great (and I really love the colorful soup ladle in the background)!

  6. The Lady Olive July 7, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Looks delicious! Nice and light and healthy!

    • Nandini July 7, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      Thank You! Yes that is so true 🙂

  7. Jenny July 9, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    This soup looks delicious! Thank you for visiting my blog. I have just taken a look at yours and I will enjoy trying some of your recipes!

    • Nandini July 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks Jenny appreciate your kind words 🙂

  8. hitandrun1964 July 25, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I’m going to try this. Looks so good.

    • Nandini July 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Do let me know how it goes.

  9. Dragon Fruit Photography September 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    I haven’t seen the soup puréed before but your version it looks really good.

    • Nandini September 30, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks! It is smooth and creamy 🙂

  10. Project Easier November 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Yum! Definitely making this. I can’t have dairy so probably will use coconut milk, what do you think?

    • Nandini November 3, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Yes, coconut milk should work. Milk is used to make the soup creamy.

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