Cuban-Type Rooster Noodle Soup

Fideo means “noodle” in Spanish and refers to a type of short, thin pressure cooker pasta. You can prepare the broth for chicken noodle soup Cuban style, a light flavored one Soupadapted from The Chicken Soup Manifesto through Jens Ludwig, a day or two ahead and add the noodles to cook while the soup heats up. Caribbean dishes like this Cuban soup are a hot trend for 2022, according to the National Restaurant Association.

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Cuban style chicken noodle soup

Through jen louis

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  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch coins
  • 4 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Big pinch saffron threads
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (8-oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 2½-3 pounds Skin and bone-in chicken pieces (quarters, halves of the breast, etc.)
  • 2 cups peeled, diced red potatoes
  • 2 cups peeled, diced winter squash (such as squash or butternut)
  • 6 ounces Fideo (about 1½ cups) (or vermicelli or angel hair noodles, broken into pieces)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges for serving (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, salt and saffron. Cook 3-4 minutes or until onion becomes translucent. Add water, tomato sauce, chicken, potatoes and squash. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer; cook, uncovered, 20–30 minutes or until the chicken is done (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh will read 165°F).

  2. Take the chicken out of the pot. When the chicken is cool enough, shred it; Discard skin and bones. Return the chicken to the pot along with the noodles. Simmer for 6-8 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Discard bay leaves. Stir in lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lime wedges, if you like.

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For 4-6 servings.