Sopa Seca

Sopa Seca

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  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 small tomatoes (about 3/4 lb)
  • Large green pepper
  • Medium-size onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 ounces Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3/4 lb)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 pound vermicelli
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced coriander for garnish


1. Bring stock to a boil in medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Wash, dry, core, and coarsely chop tomatoes.

3. wash and dry green bell pepper. Core, seed and dice pepper.

4. Halve, peel, and finely chop onion. Crush, peel, and mince garlic.

5. Using food processor or grater, grate cheese. Transfer to small serving bowl.

6. Add chicken breasts to boiling stock, reduce heat, and poach at a gentle simmer 10 minutes.

7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer poached chicken to plate. Reserve stock. Allow chicken to cool until it can be easily handled.

8. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in large heavy-gauge saute pan over medium heat until hot. Break vermicelli into 3-inch lengths and cook in oil, stirring and tossing frequently, 2 minutes, or until browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer vermicelli to large serving dish; set aside.

9. Add remaining tablespoon oil to saute pan. Add onion and garlic and cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

10. Meanwhile, coarsely shred chicken.

11. Return vermicelli to pan and add reserved stock, cumin, and Cayenne. Cook over medium heat, covered, 4 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken, tomatoes, and bell pepper. Cook, covered, another 4 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and vermicelli is tender.

12. Season sopa seca with salt to taste and transfer to large serving dish. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese and minced coriander. Serve remaining cheese on the side.