I have decided I want to share more of the recipes I was taught by my grandmother, mother and mother-in-law on my blog. As part of a new direction, I want to add more lifestyle and recipe posts during 2016. The focus of this blog will still very much be beauty related, but sometimes a little change never hurts. Most of the recipes I’ll be sharing are fairly easy, everyday meals/snacks. Most can be done in under an hour.
The recipe I am sharing today is for my Sopa de Fideo. A hearty pasta “soup” that is beyond easy to prepare and perfect for the cold winter months. Most Mexican families have their own version of Sopa de Fideo, so this recipe will vary from the one you might have been taught. My basic recipe can be done in under 30 minutes. This sopa can be prepared following the recipe below or you can add pretty much anything you want to it, making the recipe your own.
1 Package of Fideo (any type of pasta actually but you can buy “fideos” in the Hispanic aisle at your grocery store. My preferred brand is La Moderna)
4 roma tomatoes cut into large chunks
1/4 of medium sized yellow onion
1 small garlic clove (or garlic powder equal to a clove)
1 cube of Knorr Chicken Flavor Bouillon
Whole fresh cilantro (at least 10 sprigs)
Salt to taste
6-8 cups of water (you can use less for a thicker “soup”)
2 TBSP of Oil
Mexican crema (optional))
crumbled Queso Fresco (optional)
In your blender combine one cup of water, tomato, onion and garlic and blend until smooth. Set your tomato sauce aside.
Fry your fideo in the oil in a large pan ( I use a 5.5 quart dutch oven) until brown. You really have to baby sit your fideo to make sure it does not burn. Burning your fideo will make your dish bitter and smoky.
Once your fideo is browned add your tomato sauce to the fideos and fry it for a minute.
Add the rest of your water, cube of Knorr Chicken Flavor Bouillon and salt to taste. Bring your sopa to a boil. Cover it and let it cook for 15 minutes.
Remove form heat and add your cilantro. Let your sopa sit for 2-3 minutes. You can remove the cilantro but I like to eat it in my sopa so I leave it in.
Serve your Sopa de Fideo topped with Mexican crema and Queso Fresco.
That is my basic recipe for Sopa de Fideo! You can add fresh veggies, jalapeño, tofu, chicken/turkey, use homemade chicken stock, the options are endless to upgrade this basic recipe. Instead of the traditional vermicelli type fideo I used shells instead in the photo above. This is a great, kid friendly recipe.