Kale Soup with Linguica

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on getting a better schedule for dinner.  Often, if something isn’t planned for dinner, we end up eating pizza.  I wanted to change that.

After coming across this pretty little chalkboard planner that I shared in my fall home tour,  I figured I’d be a little more intentional about our shopping and our dinner planning.

But first a little background:

When I was a teenager, my mom used to nanny for a family, and was often not home on weeknights.  I was lucky to live next door to my friend who is Portuguese.  Her mom would make Portuguese Kale Soup maybe once a week, and her grandmother would make amazing homemade bread.  Because my friend was probably tired of the soup, her mom would often have lots leftover and would bring me over containers of it with the homemade bread.  I would be in my glory!  (Thanks Connie!! xoxo)

Now that I have my own family, Kale Soup is a staple on our weekly dinner menu (and hopefully my kids won’t get tired of it!)  It’s really a huge hit in my house, and a great way to get them to eat greens!

After demonstrating how I make it on my instastory, several people inquired about a recipe, so here it goes:


    • 3 tsp olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 1 package of ground linguica or slice linguica into thin rounds (chorizo or smoked sausage works well too)
    • 1 can of “chili beans” in sauce (dark red kidney bean variety, preferably) or just plain dark kidney beans.
    • 1 packet of GOYA Sazon
    • 1 Packet of Goya Chicken and Tomato Bouillon
    • 1-16 oz.  bag of pre-washed kale
    • 5 all purpose or red potatoes, diced
    • 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp or more to taste, I like a lot of garlic
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Paprika, I use smoked paprika (optional)
    • 2 dried Bay Leaves
    • Hot sauce (optional)


    Unfortunately, I don’t have photos yet, but if you need a visual you can check it out on my Instastory Highlight (Carli Cooks).  I’ll shoot some photos next time I make it.


  1. Grab your favorite soup pot and heat olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Once olive oil is hot, add chopped onions and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add entire package of ground linguica, stir ingredients well.
  4. Add diced potatoes, and entire contents of chili beans. (If you use plain kidney beans, be sure to strain the water).
  5. Mix all ingredients together and stir until well combined.
  6. Place half a bag of kale inside of the pot, let wilt.  Add second  half of kale batches to ensure there’s enough space.  Let wilt, then add the remainder of the kale to the pot.
  7. Add all seasonings to the pot:  chicken bouillon packet, Sazon packet, garlic powder, paprika, bay leaves and black pepper to the pot.  Stir well.
  8. Cover pot and let simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Serve with hot sauce and crusty bread.

Let me know if you make this recipe!  and if you love it, share it, because after all, sharing is caring<3

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