Pronunciation: [ah-soh-PAH-oh]

Spanish for "soupy," asopao is the Puerto Rican version of paella. This soupy stew is flavored with the Spanish staple sofrito and typically includes chicken, meat or seafood (or a combination of the three), rice and various vegetables, such as onions, bell peppers and tomatoes.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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