This is one of my favorite dishes. It is so simple and comforting, and CHEAP! Perfect for when you don't have much money or time.
I have many memories with this warm pasta it can be made thicker or thinner. Thinner is usually called sopa *soup*.
Some restaurants are even beginning to offer this Mexican peasant dish!
p.s. This version is thicker, NOT sopa
p.s.s. If you have vermicelli and tomato sauce you can also make this.
First step gather your ingredients
*Coil or short (cut) style Fideo
*Half small Onion
*Salt & Pepper to taste
*Chili powder or Hot sauce
*Season salt if you LOVE it like me :)
Put some vegetable/olive oil in a pan, heat on medium heat.
Put 3 oz. of fideo in the pan, stir them until they are evenly coated in oil.
Now let the pasta brown LIGHTLY, stay by the stove and stir occasionally.
note: If you want sopa add around 2 1/2 oz. fideo
Once the fideo looks like this you add 1 can of tomato sauce, Using tomato sauce can, add 1 1/2 can of water to pot.
Be careful between the sauce and water the sauce will heat up fast, and splatter, It is a good idea to remove from heat and DONT STIR until water and sauce are both in.
Add Onions, tomatoes if desired, and seasonings.
Stir before covering with a lid. The lid keeps the stem in and makes it cook faster.
Check your pasta in periodically (every 5 mins) it should look something like this. If you are making thicker the bottom will burn if you do not stir occasionally.
Once the pasta is tender check the consistency and taste. If it's too thick add more water. Better to be too thick you can fix that. Thin watery fideo is pretty gross.
I like to sprinkle a little cheese and some fresh cilantro on top. Add a homemade tortilla and you have a super yummy comforting meal. :)
This is also good when combined with fresh pinto beans. I like to mix it all up...yes I am strange.. :)
Enjoy! I would love to see your versions! Let me know how you like it!