Those moments when a craving hits you, the savor and flavor that scream…HOMEeee. And tonight, is one of those moments, which I simply have to eat something that will remind and bring me back home, right here, right now. So, I raided our pantry and there it was….Macaroni!!!. Aha! Sopas!. Though in Spanish, “sopa” means soup, in the Philippines it refers just for specific dish called Sopas. Thanks to my mother, who is an awesome cook, she taught me some basic Filipino dishes and tonight I cooked my sopas to satisfy my cravings. Sopas is commonly served breakfast time, but for this specific situation, it is my life saving dinner. Since it is a very simple and easy to cook dish, I decided to write something about it, and it might be helpful for Filipinos abroad who miss the flavors of home and for those who would like to try a new dish. It is so easy-peasy to prepare, a perfect meal for your busy schedule. Here’s my quick and easy craving fixer recipe of sopas with a Guatemalan twist.
Worries go down better with soup. ~Jewish Proverb
- Carrots (diced)
- Green bell pepper (cut into strips)
- Onions (chopped)
- 1 egg
- Evaporated milk (for the creamy milky flavor)
- Salt & black pepper
- Chicken stock/flavoring ( I used powder based flavoring )
- Cilantro (this yummy leafy veggie is my Guatemalan twist, it is widely used in many dishes here, so I always have it on my fridge and use it often now)
*Note: You can add chicken or other veggies you like (if you think it goes with the flavor, go ahead 🙂 )
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. – Ludwig van Beethoven
I too have a busy schedule; this is how I cook and enjoy my sopas in 30 minutes:
- Boil water in a casserole, with the egg on it.
- While waiting for water to boil, I slice, chop and cut the veggies.
- Once the water is boiling, add the macaroni.
- Add the veggies.
- Pour the evaporated milk
- Put salt, pepper and chicken flavoring to taste
- Let it simmer
- Add cilantro towards the end.
- Put sopas into a bowl, peel off the egg-shell
- Slice and place the egg on top and enjoy (of course….don’t forget to blow it because it’s hot!!)
Reminder: I don’t measure ingredients. Everything is under your discretion, besides you’ll the only one who’ll know exactly how much you will need and how you want it to taste like. Voila!!! My sopas… 😀 Exactly the way I remembered and used to eat it.
Food is a lot of people’s therapy – we say comfort food, we really mean that. It’s releasing dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good – Brett Hoebel
Warning: I’m no pro…I cook based on how my reliable taste buds remember the flavors embedded into my system. Cook at your own risk. If you decided to cook some, enjoy and let me know what you think about it. I think sopas is one of my comfort foods, what about yours?