Nana’s Fideo with Tomato Paste recipe
I remember my Nana making this for all of us grandchildren when we would stay with her during the summers. It is a very simple dish to make but so delicious! Its only 6 ingredients: Fideo or Vermicelli, tomato paste, water, olive oil, salt and lots and lots of ground black pepper. I’m not sure where this comes from as I have never been able to find any similar recipes from New Mexico or anywhere on the web. But my guess is that when times were tough and she only had a few ingredients to work with, she was able to make something that tasted great and filled her family’s bellies. She would usually serve it with some freshly made flour tortillas and some pinto beans.
1 1/2 – 2 bags of Mexican Fideo or 1 box vermicelli (Angel Hair pasta)
2 TBSP Olive oil (or vegetable oil)
2 6oz cans Tomato paste
Salt to taste
Lots of freshly ground black pepper (we make it spicy!)
Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium-high then add olive oil. Add pasta, breaking vermicelli in half, and cook in oil until at least a third are browned. Add water to cover pasta. Add tomato paste and stir to mix with water thoroughly. Cook until water boils down and pasta is al dente and tomato sauce is sticking to pasta. Add salt to taste and add enough pepper to give it some nice heat. Enjoy!