Sopa de Conchas (Shell Pasta Soup)

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Sopa de Conchas (Shell Pasta Dry Soup)
One of the dishes that reminds me of home. I especially love using the conchas because it holds in a little of the broth as you enjoy every spoonful! This was the dish my Mom would prepare for us at least once or twice a week when we were children.

 

Yields up to 6 servings

 

Ingredients:

2 cups medium shells
1 small white onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 to 2 serrano peppers
½ cup freshly blended tomato sauce
1 teaspoon cumin or to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup frozen peas and carrots mixed, optional
Canola oil or olive oil

For me, toasting the pasta is a must to achieve the traditional flavors of Mexican sopa.

For me, toasting the pasta is a must to achieve the traditional flavors of Mexican sopa.

The longer the sopa sita in the broth, the more broth it will absorb. I always have a warm pot of extra chicken broth on the stove for those who like their sopa more like a soup dish.

The longer the sopa sits in the broth, the more broth it will absorb. I always have a warm pot of extra chicken broth on the stove for those who like their sopa more like a soup dish.

Directions:

1. In a large pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil to medium heat, add the pasta and cook for a few minutes, until pasta starts to toast up.

2. Add the onions and garlic and cook for another minute. Add all of the remaining ingredients, stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, lower heat, taste for salt. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring once. Once most of the broth has evaporated, add and even layer of the peas and carrots, cover and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 or 6 minutes. Yields up to 6 servings.

This pasta dish is a very typical Mexican side dish. My Mom made this dish for us at least once a week, using a variety of pastas… And yes, you can eat the chiles!! We would fight over them!!

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40 Responses to Sopa de Conchas (Shell Pasta Soup)

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    soniamendezgarcia

    Are they labeled Peruvian beans? What color are they usually?

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    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

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    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

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    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  5. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

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    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  7. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  8. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  9. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  10. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

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    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  12. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  13. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  14. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  15. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  16. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  17. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  18. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  19. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  20. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  21. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  22. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  23. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  24. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  25. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  26. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  27. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  28. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  29. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  30. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  31. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  32. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  33. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  34. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  35. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  36. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  37. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  38. Profile photo of Sonia Mendez Garcia
    Sonia Mendez Garcia

    Thanks Chris Johnson. I never mean to offend anyone when I post any recipe. It’s just me being an individual who loves to cook. My mom did not use much cumin either, but for general taste, I did adjust the quantity. It’s all good and I appreciate any feedback from all…..Gracias

  39. Maria Koenen

    Hi Sonia, The question I have for you is do you cook the spaghetti shells be for you brown them ?? In one picture they look cooked and in the other they don’t.

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      Sonia Mendez Garcia

      No, Maria. You toast the pasta in the oil for a few minutes. It will get a little brown in spots and become aromatic. Just make sure you stir often while it’s toasting so it does not burn. Thanks!!

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