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    Sopa de Queso

    This recipe was submitted by Latina Magazine's Entertainment Editor, Jesus Trivino:

    Nothing beats a bowl of my mother’s sopa de queso on a cold, winter day. She calls it comida de pobre (food of the poor); I just call it delicious.

    According to my mom, when my parents immigrated to Brooklyn, NY from Guayaquil, Ecuador in the 1960s, sopa de queso was one of their main dishes to survive. It was cheap and easy to make. Add a cup of white rice and my dad was full of energy, ready to lift packages upon packages of candy at the Now & Later factory.

    To this day, I always ask my mom to cook me up a sopita de queso and even my nieces crave this comida de pobre. It’s a smooth, milky soup which will have everyone screaming, “say cheese!”


    Ingredients
    2
    potatoes
    1/2
    Tropical cheese, cut into cubes
    1
    pound
    angel hair pasta
    1/2
    packet
    sazon con achiote (found in international food aisle)
    2
    scallions
    1
    dash
    dried oregano
    1/2
    cup
    milk
    2
    slices
    American cheese
    1
    teaspoon
    butter
    1
    teaspoon
    salt
    3
    cups
    water
    Directions
    Fry the scallions in a skillet with sazon con achoite. Once scallions are cooked, add to a pot of water and oregano. Bring to a boil and add pasta. Add a teaspoon of salt, milk, and slices of American cheese; add one more cup of water if needed.
    Another 3 or 4 minutes after it comes to a boil again, add diced potatoes and Tropical cheese cubes. Stir the soup, add one teaspoon of butter and salt to taste.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 3
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