For those who are looking for the traditional version, this is not it. Caldo Verde is a simple potato based broth with fine slivers of kale (collard greens as substitute)- a small amount of rich Portuguese olive oil or substitute extra virgin olive oil and a simple garnish of sauteed slice of PORTUGUESE linguica sausage. Look at Portuguese Homestyle Cooking for traditional recipes.
Bev this soup is wonderful! I used dried smoked sausage in place of pepperoni, and added in fresh garlic with the onions, my DH loved this soup, thanks Bev!...Kitten:)
I'm Portuguese and I make this recipe with collard greens and I don't use pepperoni I use portuguese sasauge, I also add celery chopped and I never tried browning my potatoes I always boil them, but I'll try browning them next time. I never use lemon in Caldo Verde I use it in my chicken and rice soup,and I never use red pepper flakes, your way of making this well known portuguese soup is very different!