Remember a couple weeks back when I talked about what to do with those pesky half moons you get most times when spiralizing? Well, I have an even better idea: turn them into fideo!
Fideos, in Spanish, means noodle. The most common type of fideos used in pasta recipes is short. Imagine if you took a spaghetti noodle and broke it into thirds. That’s pretty much fideos. Or, vermicelli.
If you take that same idea and apply it to the spiralizer, you can make fideos instantly! To make short pasta noodles, just slice the vegetable down the middle (but be careful not to go all the way through and chop it in half!) and then spiralize it. Like this:
Then, the noodles (err, fideos), come out looking like this:
I mean, if the spiralizer isn’t versatile, I don’t know what is!
Today, I’m making a popular soup in Mexico called “Sopa de Fideos.” It’s basically a noodle soup, using those short spaghettis. Instead of using refined pasta, we’re using sweet potato noodles – perfect for the wintertime.
The tomatoes are flavored with cumin and chili powder for that beautiful fragrance that makes the soup absolutely devourable. I wish I had had some tortilla chips, I would have snuck those in there too.
The avocado absorbs the flavors of the broth and cooks from the heat, giving a luxurious bite to this soup. Plus, it gives it a little more substance. If you’re not a vegetarian, swap in chicken broth here to give the soup even more rich flavor.
While I probably sound like a broken record by now, the sweetness of these noodles just add more dimension to the soup. The softness of the noodle are absolute perfection here. Plus, since they’re sweet potato, you can make these for leftovers and not have to worry about wateriness, like you do with zucchini noodles.
I’m really on a soup kick. I’m kinda diggin’ it.
What’s your favorite soup with noodles?
Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3 cups vegetable broth low-sodium*
- 1 large 320g+ sweet potato, peeled, Blade C**
- 1.5 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 avocado insides cubed
- Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once the oil heats, add in the garlic and let cook for 30 seconds. Then, add in the diced onion and let cook for 2 minutes. Then, add in the diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and season with salt and pepper.
- Let the tomatoes cook for 2-3 minutes to absorb the flavors of the seasonings and then add in the chicken broth. Cover, bring to a boil, add in the sweet potato “fideo” and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 5-7 minutes or until the sweet potato “fideo” reaches your desired consistency. Half-way through cooking, toss in the chopped cilantro.
- Once the soup is done, fold in the avocado. Portion into bowls and garnish with remaining chopped cilantro!
**Since we are making fideos, slice the sweet potato down the middle into the center (be careful not to push the knife all the way through the sweet potato!)