Here is an amazing and easy soup that my family LOVES! It incorporates garlic, kale and potatoes which are just a few ingredients that I can't get enough of. The flavor is great and you just can't go wrong with it ... one time I used garlic powder because I forgot to grab some fresh bulbs from the grocery (and I ran out of my dad's home grown) and it was still very good! My midwife from Fort Collins, printed out this recipe for me when I was pregnant with Ean ... over 6 years ago. It comes from Madhur Jaffery's World of the East Vegetarian Cooking cook book (which I just got in the mail from Amazon!!!! AND IT ROCKS!!!) Caldo Verde means green soup because it is typically blended smooth (until it's green) but personally, I like it chunky and broth-y (but boys like it pureed).
This is a great way to get in your "greens." My friend, Kelly, made this soup last month and she said it reminded her of french onion soup (only with kale and potatoes) ... And I agree - just without all the cheese. Kelly added garam masala and said it was a great addition. Garam Masala is a spice mix common in Indian cuisine. Here it shows you how to make it homemade or you can find in your health food store's bulk section. I like to add 1 tsp. dried rosemary and grated parmesan cheese for garnish. It gives the soup a great flavor and goes well with a French Boule (crusty french bread).
Slightly altered by Elisha
If desired, blend the soup to your desired consistency.*