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Sopa Seca de Fideos - Mexican Noodles

Sopa Seca de Fideo is a dry noodle soup that is very common in Central Mexico, and the process of making it is similar to the one for making Mexican red rice. I know some cooks that also roast the tomatoes, onion, and garlic, adding extra delicious flavor to the end result.
Course Side dish, Soups
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 234kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-large tomatoes about 16 oz. or 2 ½ cups chopped
  • ¼ of a medium size onion chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 Chipotle pepper in adobo*
  • 1-½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 7.05-ounce package of Fideo (Vermicelli) noodles
  • About 1 ½ cups of Chicken broth **
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Salt to taste

OPTIONAL GARNISH:

  • ⅓- cup Mexican cream or other thick creams
  • ½ cup of Mexican queso añejo cotija or fresco***
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Red onion slices
  • Pork cracklings

Instructions

  • Place chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, and chipotle pepper into your blender, then add 1 cup of the chicken broth and process until you have a medium-fine sauce. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a medium-size skillet and then add the noodles. Fry until lightly browned, stirring often to avoid burning the noodles. This step will take about 2-3 minutes. Remove noodles from skillet.
  • Add to the skillet the tomato sauce, ½ cup of broth, oregano, and salt to taste. Turn the heat up to bring to a boil (about 5 minutes). Once the sauce starts boiling, add the noodles, reduce heat to low, and cover the skillet to let simmer.
  • Keep cooking for about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally as needed until noodles are cooked and tender. If the sauce still seems too liquid when the noodles are cooked through, simply remove the skillet from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes. This will allow the noodles to absorb the remaining liquid from the sauce.

To serve, garnish with crumbled cheese, a drizzle/dollop of cream, and avocado slices, or any of the other options mentioned above. Enjoy!

    Notes

    • When you buy Chipotles in adobo, depending on the brand you buy, some will be spicier than others.
    • If you don’t have chicken broth, mix 1 tablespoons of Knorr Chicken Bouillon with 1 ½ cups of hot water.
    • I know not everyone has a Latin store around the corner, and finding a Mexican cheese will not be your best option. You can use Parmesan cheese as a substitute.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 0.8mg