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October 9, 2020

Mexican Sopita ( Mexican Shells & Cheese)


Mexican Sopita, one of those dishes that reminds me of home. This pasta dish is a very typical Mexican side dish that includes pasta shells, tomato sauce, chicken broth, topped with cheese.  This is a Mexican comfort dish loved by kids to adults.

The great thing about this is that you use the same exact ingredients with any type of pasta and come out with the same great flavor.  

How to Make Mexican Sopita |  Shells in Tomato Sauce

  • Gather Sopita(soup) ingredients. 
  • Start with making chicken broth: I prefer Caldo con Sabor de Pollo cubes, but chicken broth can be used.
  • Boil 6 cups of water, add and dissolve 3 cubes of chicken bouillon. Set aside.




In a medium pot, heat oil on low-medium heat. Then add shells, garlic, and onion powder. Stir occasionally until shells are a golden brown or light brownish color.

When shells are browned, remove the pot from heat, add tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Place pot back on heat on medium-high until it comes to a boil.
Lower heat on the pot to low, cover, and simmer about 15-20 minutes or until pasta shells are soft.

Add-Ins: If you like spiciness, replace tomato sauce for El Pato Mexican tomato sauce, diced onion can replace onion powder, minced garlic instead of garlic powder. 
Cheese can be added to soup in the last 5 minutes of cooking for a creamy soup.


Mexican Sopita (Shells in Tomato Sauce)

.Mexican Sopita, one of those dishes that reminds me of home. This pasta dish is a very typical Mexican side dish, pasta shells, tomato sauce, chicken broth, topped with cheese

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag (14 oz) small shell pasta
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cubes Knorr Caldo con Sabor de Pollo(Chicken bouillon cubes)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (if needed)
  • 1/2 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup Queso fresco, crumbled
Instructions:
  1. To prepare this delicious chicken broth, dissolve 3 Knorr Chicken flavor Bouillon cube in 6 cups boiling water. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat oil on low-medium heat. Then add shells, garlic, and onion powder. Stir occasionally until shells are a golden brown or light brownish color.
  3. When shells are browned, remove the pot from heat, add tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Place pot back on heat on medium-high until it comes to a boil.
  4. Lower heat on the pot to low, cover, and simmer about 15-20 minutes or until pasta shells are soft.
  5. Serve in bowls and top with cheese

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