Sopa de Fideos
Fideos are thin noodles that are sold in the International or Latin section of the grocery store. They are similar to vermicelli or angel hair, but they're always much less expensive (at least here in Southern California). Fideos are sold either in coils or in pieces that are cut about one inches long. This soup is basically a simple tomato noodle soup. It's delicious, and extremely frugal. The total cost for this recipe is $3.06 or about $0.77 per serving. Cook's Note: If you want this to be more substantial, like a pasta dish, use less broth.
- 2 tbsp olive oil (or oil of your choice) ($0.30)
- 1/4 medium yellow onion finely chopped ($0.10)
- 1 large clove garlic minced ($0.09)
- 1 (7.0 or 7.5 oz) package Fideos ($0.25)
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce ($0.34)
- 6 - 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth Use more or less depending on how thick you want the soup ($1.98)
- salt to taste (I usually add this at the table)
Heat Oil in 4 quart Pot.
Add onion to pan, and saute for about two minutes until they begin to become translucent.
Add garlic to pan, and saute for one minute more.
Add noodles to pan and allow to brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Browning the noodles adds depth of flavor to this dish, so don't skip this step.
Add tomato sauce to the pot and mix well.
Add broth to the pot and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until noodles are tender.
Serve. This is delicious with a sprinkle of queso cotija or parmesan cheese. I have friends who like to squeeze some lime juice into their bowl of soup, too.