Mexican-Style Chicken Noodle Soup with Garlic Sauce
Published by Clarkson Potter
This comforting dish is really more noodles than soup. It’s considered a dry soup in Mexico, because of the lack of liquid. The noodles are cooked similarly to Italian risotto.
Serves4 to 6
Total Timeunder 1 hour
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Coursehot appetizer, main course
Dietary Considerationhot appetizer, main course
Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, savory, spiced
Type of Dishchicken soup
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 Roma (Italian) tomatoes, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 8 cups Basic Chicken Broth
- 8 ounces fideos, vermicelli, or fine egg noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces
- ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 2-3 jalapeno or serrano chiles, seeded and minced
- 6 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon strained fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup mild olive oil
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, garlic, and onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Pour the broth over the vegetables and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet. Add the noodles and toast over medium-high heat, 5 to 8 minutes, or until light brown. Watch carefully so the noodles don’t burn. This can be done in two batches.
Place the noodles in a heavy saucepan. Strain the broth and pour ½ cup over the noodles. Cook 10 minutes, until the noodles are soft and plump. Add the remaining soup and cook another 5 minutes, or until soup is hot and thick. Ladle into bowls and top with cilantro, chiles, and a dollop of Garlic Sauce. Serve immediately.
For the Garlic Sauce: Place the garlic, salt, egg yolks, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is smooth, then slowly add the oil in a very thin stream until it is absorbed and forms an emulsion. Adjust salt to taste. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes ½ cup
1994 Linda Zimmerman