Have you ever eaten fideo? If you haven't, I think you should. This is some serious Tex/Mex comfort food. Sometimes it is really nice to just throw something together quickly which is fresh tasting and comforting all at the same time.
There are many recipes for fideo but this is the one I always make:
Heat four tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.
Add one pound of angel hair pasta broken in half.
Roll it around to coat it with the oil.
Stir it and keep turning it over. You have to be careful not to burn it and you want to brown it evenly. Use a wide pot if you have one.
It will start to brown around the edges. Keep rolling it around until all of it is evenly golden brown. Frying the pasta this way gives it a very unique texture in the finished recipe. It is chewier and nuttier tasting than regular angel hair.
Add four cups of beef broth and a bay leaf or two.
Add two tsp. of cumin, 2 of dried oregano.
Add a 16 oz. can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes or which ever ones are your favorite.
Add about 1 1/2 tsp. salt.
Add a teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper.
Then add 3/4 cup of diced raw onion. The onion in this dish stays a bit crunchy.
Bring it to a simmer and cover the pot. Stir it a couple of times while cooking for about 12-15 minutes. Make sure the pasta is cooked evenly.
You can finish it off with many different toppings. You could serve it with cooked chorizo. I've sprinkled mine with Queso Fresco but Monterrey Jack or cheddar would be good too.
Sometimes I add hot pepper flakes and fresh cilantro.
This is really a wonderful quick meal that kids would like too.