Green Kale Soup

Caldo Verde

Created in the early 1800s, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness, longing, and melancholy.

The connection between fado and this centuries old soup is simple. Both national treasures are connected by the words of a single poem. The poem is put to song by the most famous fada songstress of the 20th century, Amelia Rodrigues. The song “Uma Casa Portuguesa” is an homage to Portugal and she sings “It takes very little, very little to simply brighten a life… love, bread, wine and hot Caldo Verde in a bowl.” A bit quant but when these two Portuguese legends meet in a single bowl, it becomes magical.

Classic Recipe: Yes | Make Ahead: Yes| Difficulty: Medium

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