Shrimp Sopa Seca

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This recipe calls for roasting and charring the tomatoes in a broiler — just before blending and pulsing it to a tomato sauce — yielding an incredibly fresh, flavorful and clean taste of summer's last tomatoes. The sauce is then cooked with ancho chili, chili powder and ground coriander, giving the sauce a spice, which pairs beautifully with nicely golden fideos and gently poached shrimp. Enjoy this dish with a drizzle of crema or a dollop of sour cream, crumbled cotija cheese and a slice of avocado for a nice garnish.



  1. Preheat the broiler. Toss the tomatoes, white onion, garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil on a baking sheet; spread out evenly. Broil until the onion and garlic are slightly charred and softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the onion and garlic to a blender and flip over the tomatoes on the baking sheet. Continue broiling the tomatoes until the skins shrink and char, 5 to 7 more minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes to the blender, along with any juices left on the baking sheet; process until chunky but well combined. Add the cilantro and puree. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add the fideos. Cook, stirring, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes; remove to a plate. Reserve the pot.
  4. Pour the blended tomato sauce into the pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat until slightly reduced, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the ancho chile powder, coriander, chili powder and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Return the fideos to the pot. Adjust the heat so the liquid simmers; cook, stirring, until the fideos are almost al dente, 13 to 15 minutes. Add the shrimp, cover and cook until the fideos and shrimp are cooked through, 5 to 7 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls. Top with crema and cilantro.

Cook’s Note

This Mexican noodle dish is made with fideos, a thin short noodle. You can also use broken angel hair pasta.