If one food could be described as true Mexican comfort food, it would definitely be Sopa de Pasta. It is one of the first "real" foods introduced to babies in most Mexican homes. My Grandmother used to prepare a different sopa de pasta every day of the week. I have no idea how many times I've made sopa for my hubby and kiddies. Sopa de pasta isn't just for kids, adults love it too.
Sopa de Pasta is known as just sopa, or sopa de fideo, sopa de letras, sopa de estrellitas, depending on what type of pasta is used. A wide variety of pastas can be used such as elbow macaroni, shells, alphabet, or stars. I suggest that you use the smaller sized pasta. The most popular Sopa de Pasta is Sopa de Fideo, which is prepared using vermicelli. (For this recipe I used alphabet pasta but substitute it for the pasta of your choice.)
Sopa (de Pasta)
- 2 roma tomatoes
- 1/4 or 1/2 of a medium onion
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
- 1 cup small dried pasta
Puree tomatoes, onion and chicken bouillon with 3 cups of water: set aside. In medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat: add pasta and saute until pasta turns a light golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Carefully pour puree mixture into saucepan: season with a pinch of salt. (DO NOT STIR AFTER THIS POINT.) Once your sopa begins to boil, taste the tomato broth: season with more salt, if necessary. Cover saucepan and reduce heat to low. Let sopa simmer until all liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!!!
*Sopa de pasta is great served on it's own or as a side dish!