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Today the recipe comes from Bolivia! Bolivia has lots of wonderful foods, full of flavor and spices! In Cochabamba, Bolivia, the people eat 6 times a day. Cochabambinos have a special plate for every day of the week. Today’s recipe is spicy noodles, in Spanish Aji de Fideo, in Quechua it is called fideos’ucho, and it is served every Thursday. There are many ways to make this recipe, and every time I ask someone how they make it they have put their special touch to it. I love making Aji de Fideo because it’s a dish that uses up leftovers and with summer coming up you can use some fresh vegetables from your garden.
Pictured here are the ingredients that you will need:
1 small clove of garlic
2 small onions
¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
16 oz. fresh or frozen lima beans (if you don’t love lima beans you can change this out for small chopped up carrots)
1lb of meat (I use leftovers for this- chicken, beef, or even pork)
3 cups beef or chicken stock
1-2 small chili peppers or jalapeños (you can make this as spicy as you want by adding more peppers)
1 package of fettuccini noodles (you can use any size noodles but the larger ones do best)
salt and pepper to taste
Put noodles on to boil until cooked
Boil lima beans until cooked thoroughly
Chop up 4 tomatoes, 1 onion, and garlic, add in the olive oil and let the vegetables cook in a large frying pan or a wok frying pan.
Add in your cooked meat cut up into small pieces
Add in lima beans and chicken or beef stock
Allow everything to cook together for around 15mins
Using the rest of the tomatoes and onions along with the Chili peppers or jalapeños blend all together to make a salsa.
Add the noodles into the sauce on the stove, stir in the salsa over the noodles, meat, and vegetables!
Add salt and pepper to taste!
This is served as a soup but it doesn’t need to be very watered down.
An interesting tip that I have learned is that you add a little bit of fresh mint leaves to your lima beans it gives them a great flavor!
Hope you enjoy this wonderful Bolivian recipe! If you at some point you make it, I would love to hear how it turned out for you!