Arroz con Fideos is white rice cooked with noodles. Now I know what you’re thinking– that’s starch with starch! And yes, it is but it is absolutely delicious! It’s definitely one of those dishes that you can’t knock until you try it. In fact, Arroz con Fideos is a wildly popular dish in many Latin American countries, but more importantly it’s also a popular Turkish-Middle Eastern Rice Dish. One of my favorite parts about Dominican cuisine is that we have Lebanese influences all throughout our favorite national dishes. Take Quipes for example. They’re actually Kibbeh balls that we’ve adopted as our own and even added our own sazón. Mind blown yet?
Arroz con Fideos is no different. This easy to make rice is truly a comfort dish. It’s a rice dish that’s not nearly as popular as Moro de Guandules or Moro de Habichuelas, but it still makes one feel right at home. It’s also a rice dish that kids seem to love! My guess is that it’s great alternative for kids who are a bit picky when it comes to eating rice. When my sister was younger, I used to make her this dish with Pollo Guisado or Empanizado (Breaded Chicken) on the side. She’d go crazy every time I’d tell her that I was whipping this up.
Now unlike pasta, you don’t have to actually boil the noodles before adding them to the rice. In fact, we’re actually going to crisp them up ever so slightly so that we get a nice brownish color. That color is characteristic of this awesome dish. Once we’ve browned the noodles, we’re then going to add the rice and mix them together. In the end, we’ll add the water and together they’ll steam until they’re all done. You’ll notice that even though we didn’t boil the noodles as we traditionally do for pasta, we still end up with noodles that are perfectly soft and ready to eat. They also won’t be terribly soft or mushy. In order to that, you’d have to add an obscene amount of water. No worries, I’ll walk you through every step!
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And now for the recipe!
- 2 cups of rice
- ¼ cup broken up spaghetti or angel hair
- 2 cups of water
- 1 sopita- chicken bouillon cube
- Canola Oil/Vegetable Oil or Corn Oil
- Warm Canola Oil/Vegetable Oil or Corn Oil over medium heat
- Add ¼ cup broken up spaghetti or angel hair and sopita/chicken bouillon cube. Mix together until well combined. Cook until noodles begin to lightly brown
- Now add washed white rice and mix together until well combined
- Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil
- Once water dries up, mix rice and cover with lid. Turn heat down to lowest possible setting
- Steam rice for 25-30 minutes
- Once rice is done, gently fluff rice and add 1 tsp of oil if needed
If you'd like to make this dish truly vegan, substitute sopita/chicken bouillon cube for your favorite seasoning salt or adobo. Buen provecho!