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Stovetop Fideos

May/June 2011

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Our vegetarian version of fideos, a toasted pasta dish served in both Mexico and Spain, is packed with green beans, corn and tomatoes. Omit the cheese to make it vegan. Serve with a crisp romaine, red onion and avocado salad tossed with red-wine vinaigrette.


Stovetop Fideos Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta, broken into 2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups 1-inch green bean pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups “no-chicken” broth (see Notes) or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Cotija (see Notes) or Asiago cheese
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pasta pieces and cook, stirring, until toasted and browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add green beans, onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the beans are beginning to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, corn and oregano and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes are just beginning to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth, salt and the toasted pasta; bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is tender and most of the broth is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Serve topped with cheese and scallions, with lime wedges on the side.

Tips & Notes

  • Notes: Chicken-flavored broth, a vegetarian broth despite its name, is preferable to vegetable broth in some recipes for its hearty, rich flavor. Sometimes called “no-chicken” broth, it can be found with the soups in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets.
  • Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is an aged Mexican cheese similar in texture and flavor to Asiago or Parmesan. Find it near other specialty cheeses or in Mexican grocery stores.

Nutrition

Per serving: 443 calories; 17 g fat (4 g sat, 8 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 64 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 16 g protein; 12 g fiber; 672 mg sodium; 547 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (39% daily value), Vitamin A (33% dv), Magnesium (30% dv), Folate (23% dv), Calcium (19% dv), Iron (18% dv), Potassium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3 1/2

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 2 fat



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Recipe Categories

Ethnic/Regional
Mexican
Spanish
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Season
Summer
Fall
Publication
May/June 2011

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