Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fideo con Frijoles y Nopalitos


For this week's kitchen getaway series, I'm focusing on Mexican recipes after a trip to Supermercado El Torito here in St. Louis. Today, we have a recipe for fideo! Fideo is a very thin pasta that comes coiled in small bundles. You can see a photo of a package in my last post. The typical way to prepare fideo is to break the noodles into small pieces and brown them a little in oil before adding vegetables, broth, and other ingredients. Then you simmer until the pasta is done. This yields a thick, comforting, soup-like dish that's full of noodles. If you don't have access to fideo, you can substitute thin pasta such as cappellini that you break into one to two-inch pieces.

Fideo con Frijoles y Nopalitos
Adapted from Cooking Light
About 4 servings

1 Tablespoon canola oil
about 6 ounces fideo, or other thin pasta such as cappellini
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
28 ounces vegetable broth
15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup nopalitos, rinsed, drained, and chopped (optional)
1 cup corn
14.5 ounce diced tomatoes, with juice
1 teaspoon Maggi seasoning sauce (or tamari)
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste, optional

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Break fideo into pieces and saute for about 4 minutes, until it browns slightly. Add onion, garlic, and chipotle pepper and saute for about 1 minute. Add cumin and saute about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add broth, beans, nopalitos, corn, tomatoes, and seasoning sauce. Increase heat and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes, or until pasta is done. Stir in cilantro and check for seasonings.

20 comments:

  1. i see cumin in the list of ingredients! cumin happens to be one of my favorite spices :)

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  2. Oh, délicioso! Muy délicioso, even! Now I just need to make a margarita and I'll be all set!

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  3. I've never heard of fideo...I love your posts, so informative!

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  4. i've never heard of fideo, Lisa! i love that i learn something new all the time from your blog! thanks! :) i've gotta make some fideo for dan & i - it sounds so tasty & it's so colorful!

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  5. mmmmmm

    i love mexican flavors. looks yummmm!

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  6. I LOVE MAGGI!!!! That shit is the best seasoning stuff ever. My boyfriend's family turned me on to it. They're Dutch and apparently, it's big over there in Holland. So much better than soy sauce or tamari. Sometimes I put it on plain pasta and eat that by itself.

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  7. What a great recipe! I usually forget to brown my pasta, but it's always a nice touch.

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  8. Sounds fabulous--so different from what I usually eat--must try! And today's dog is soooo adorable. :)

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  9. You're so creative with all your Mexican finds! Vegan Kitchen Getaways with Lisa... there, that should be the name of your cooking show. How do you feel in front of a camera? :)

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  10. yum... you can never have enough mexi recipes. :)

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  11. I've never eaten fideo, beans, and nopalitos together and I'm Mexi... Very interesting...

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  12. this looks great. Add that to the dinner list!

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