Quick and Easy Sopa Noodles

Mexican food is one of my favorite kinds of food to eat and cook. How could I not like it when it typically combines spices, cheese, onions and various herbs?

One of my standby dishes is sopa, which is a tasty and easy-to-make noodle dish. You’ll have to forgive the fact that I don’t have real measurements for this recipe. I’ve made it so often over the years, I don’t measure the ingredients.

Before you make this dish, you have two important decisions to make – what kind of noodle do you want to use and do you want the dish to be spicy?

Personally, I like to use a few different noodles, including small rings, alphabet, stars, medium shells, etc. I’ve even used broken up spaghetti noodles. You can usually find fun and interesting noodle shapes in the Mexican aisle at your local grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta of your choice
  • Small can of tomato sauce or, if you want it spicy, 1 can of regular Rotel tomatoes
  • Hot water
  • Chicken bouillon (I prefer the powder version of Herb-Ox or Knorr)

What to do:

Place your noodles in a large saucepan and lightly brown the pasta over medium-high heat. Be sure to watch these carefully as the pasta can easily burn.

When you see that the noodles have browned a bit, add enough hot water to the pan to cover the noodles.

Add in your tomato sauce or Rotel tomatoes, whatever you have decided. You can also blend the Rotel tomatoes to make a smooth sauce to add if you have eaters that don’t like chunks of tomatoes.

Add in two heaping soup spoons of chicken bouillon. Stir together and taste the broth to see if you need to add more bouillon. You’ll want a salty broth, but not too strong. Ultimately, the broth gives your noodles flavor, so be sure to taste your broth until you are happy with it.

Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer on low until the noodles are tender. If the water level gets too low, add more water so the noodles don’t dry out.

If you prefer a firmer noodle, cook the noodles al dente in the mixture. Otherwise, cook them to your preferred noodle doneness.

You can serve the noodles with the cooking mixture or scoop them out with a slotted spoon.

My favorite pairings with sopa:

  • Tostadas
  • Enchiladas
  • Soft shell tacos or burritos

You can also add shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken into the pan with some shredded cheese and have a quick meal in one pan.

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