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Recipe from: El Charro Cafe Favorite Recipes by Carlotta Dunn Flores, El Charro Cafe, Tucson, Arizona
Sopa seca means dry soup and refers to a dish made with rice or a pasta that absorbs all the cooking liquid. Here is one of our favorites and it really does not have a meaningful English translation.
2 pounds coiled fideos (vermicelli)
¼ cup oil
1 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ cup garlic purée (See recipe)
1 white onion, chopped
6 cups stock, hot
1 cup combination cheese, shredded
½ cup bell pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh tomato, chopped
1 cup combination cheese1, shredded
In a skillet, lightly brown fideos coils on both sides in hot oil. Transfer to a 4-quart saucepan. Add remaining ingredients, except cheese, and simmer over low heat 20 minutes. Stir once or twice, separating coils with a long fork. Add 1 cup cheese and stir. Continue cooking, uncovered, until all the liquid has been absorbed. Garnish with additional cheese.
To come as close as possible to the taste of the cheese of Mexico (which is not readily available in the United States), we devised what I call "combination cheese". It is equal parts shredded yellow cheddar, provolone and jack cheeses.