Caldo de Verdura (Vegetable soup)

Caldo de verdura is a warm vegetable soup, perfect for a cold and rainy day! My mom would always make this soup when my sister and I were sick. This meal serves about 15 people.

Ingredients:

  • A package of small carrots
  • 2 chayotes
  • 3 corns
  • 7 peeled tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • onion
  • 3 potatoes
  • A package of mushrooms
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 handfuls of green beans
  • 2 calabasas (green squash)
  • A pot full of caldo de pollo

Instructions:

  1. Begin by washing all your vegetables 
  2. Boil el caldo de pollo (this is just the water in which the chicken was boiled)
  3. You will begin to put the hardest vegetables into the caldo, beginning with the corn when the caldo begins to boil (the corn would be cut off the cob)
  4. Pour in the carrots (baby carrots)
  5. Pour the chayotes in (cut into small pieces)
  6. Pour the green beans (cut in half)
  7. While the vegetables are in their caldo getting soft, begin to prepare the sauce. by blending 3 garlic cloves, 7 tomatoes, and a tiny piece of onion, once all blended, pour into another saucepan to get heated.
  8. Add bell peppers into the caldo (cut in tiny pieces)
  9. Add mushrooms (cut in halves) 
  10. Once the sauce is hot and boiled, add it into the caldo.
  11. The soup would begin to look like this.
  12. Add the squash (cut into quarters)
  13. Add potatoes (cut the same size as squash)
  14. Add spinach leaves
  15. Let the soup heat up and you will klnow it is ready when the potatoes are easy to chew
  16.  Serve in a bowl, you can add chicken on top for flavor.
  17. Enjoy!
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