Friday, April 10, 2009

Opus Gluei - Comfort Me - Sopa

The challenge this week on The Order of the OPUS GLUEI is "Comfort Me". Use your comfort food for inspiration.

My comfort food is really more of a category. In college I would sleep in on Saturdays and when I would wake up, I would watch Julia Child create some of the tastiest looking dishes. I would watch her from my bed until I finally had to get something to eat. Nothing as wonderful as I had just witnessed, but food. I still watch cooking shows on occasion. I can relate most to Rachel Ray. I don't have any formal training. But I love food and I love to cook. I have also "surfed" many a blog and seen many wonderful "Tutorials" on how to make certain dishes. So I decided to share one of my favorite dishes with you.

Here is my attempt to join the ranks of the cooking instructors:


My Nana would make this dish every time I went to her house.
"Are you hungry?" was the first question out of her mouth.
She wanted to feed everyone that wandered through her door.
And she did!
Eating this makes me feel loved and warm all over.
Just like Nana did.



1 T vegetable oil
1 lb. small pasta shape - I used orzo this day - uncooked
1/2 cup chopped onion - I normally use yellow, but had red in the fridge, so I used that
4 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
1 t oregano
6 chicken or beef bullion cubes - depends on what you are making with this dish
8 oz tomato sauce
6 cups water

Pour vegetable oil in pan over medium heat. Let oil heat up.
Add uncooked pasta and stir to coat with the oil.
Stir about ever few minutes, add onion after about 3 minutes.
Stir. Let cook for about 5 minutes. Stirring about every 2-3 minutes so as not to burn anything.
Add oregano and bullion cubes. Continue to stir until pasta is a golden brown. Some will not be browned. This is okay. (Kind of like when you make Rice-a-Roni)
Add garlic and let cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add tomato sauce. Stir.
Add water. Mix together.
Bring to a boil. Then lower heat and let simmer.

Sopa will be ready in about 15 minutes until pasta is tender. Sopa will be kinda of soupy. The pasta will continue to absorb the liquid as it sits.

Serve in bowls with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. I also serve with tortilla. Or quesadillas.

Leftovers are usually not available. But, if they are, this can be reheated in the microwave.
It won't be as wet, but it will still be tasty. I have to admit, I prefer this fresh cooked.

If you try this, let me know how it turned out for you.


Amrita said...

Wow this is great. My ingredients may not not match but I 'll try it any way. Tomorrow and I 'll tell you

Jeannie said...

Sounds really good right now!

Peace and Luv,

Amrita said...

I made SOPA today. Turned our really yummy and I shared it with my Pastor 's daughter. I used macaroni instead of orzo pasta as its nto available here in India.
I will share this with my sisters....and bachelor nephew