Hispanic Cooking: Fideos Con Carne (Noodles with Meat)
Fideos con Carne is a delicious inexpensive family dish of noodles and a little meat. It is a simpler version of the Spanish classic fideua. This Fideos con Carne recipe is quick and makes a perfect weeknight dinner.
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*500 g minced lamb, pork, chicken, beef or Mexican-style chorizo
*vegetable oil for sauteeing, as needed
*1 onion, chopped finely
*2 large cloves garlic, minced
*150 g fideo (If unavailable substitute thin spaghetti, broken into short pieces)
*500 ml stock or water
*3 tbs powdered red chile (or to taste)
*pinch of Mexican azafran
*salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
*Chopped cooked vegetables, such as tomatoes, cabbage or peas (optional)
*grated sharp cheese for topping
Saute the chosen meat in a large heavy frying pan, over medium-high heat, adding a little vegetable oil if required. Break it up into small pieces and let brown thoroughly. Remove the meat and set it aside.
Fry the onion in the same pan until softened. Then add the garlic and continue to fry for about 2 more minutes.
Remove the onion and garlic from the pan and mix with the previously-cooked meat.
In the same frying pan, brown the dry fideo or thin spaghetti gently. Stir continuously and don’t let it burn!
Add back the meat and softened onion/garlic mixture. Mix well. Carefully pour in the stock or water. Stir to loosen the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
Season with the powdered red chile, salt and black pepper to taste.
Bring the Fideos con Carne to a boil, stir well and cover the pan. Lower the heat so the Fideos can simmer. Cook until the noodles are tender; 15–20 minutes. Stir in the vegetables, if used.
Warm the Fideos con Carne through. Serve hot, topped with the grated cheese.
Leftover Fideos con Carne can be made into Sopa de Fideos. Just add broth or water as needed and heat.
A version of Fideos con Carne