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Mar 15, 2007 05:07 PM

Fried elbow macaroni?

I bought a little package of elbow macaroni from a Mexican company - La Moderna.

It has been so long since I made macaroni I had to read to instructions ... bring water to boil add mac ... or add mac, bring to boil ... how long?

Their instructions are to add it to boiling soup broth and cook for 11 minutes

Then they went on to say that macaroni may be fried before adding to soup.

Why would someone do that? Have you ever fried macaroni?

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  1. Alton Brown did this one recipe where he made baked mac and cheese and took the leftover squares and deep fried them. I've not tried making it myself - but It looked pretty good, pretty fattening, but what isn't made better by frying it?!

    1. lol. boil the water then add the macaroni.

      there are dishes where you toast the noodles first in hot oil, browning them for a nutty flavor before putting them in liquid, much like rice for pilaf.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        I agree it is a semantic thing- fry means saute as in a pilaf as you noted.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Mexican's call this 'sopa de fideos' - noodle (dry) soup. In effect it is pasta cooked in the same manner as their rice (toasted a bit, and then cooked with vegetables and a flavored broth). And the Spanish have a noodle version of paella, 'fideua'.

        2. While it's not what they were referring to, I remember seeing macaroni pan fried in Thailand. It was macaroni that had already been cooked (boiled) being sauteed with vegetables, fish sauce, etc. This wasn't Thai haute cuisine - it was in the Chiang Mai University cafeteria - but it was actually pretty tasty in a comfort food kind of way.

          Anyway, point being that you could sautee your macaroni, maybe with some onions for flavor, before mixing it into a soup.

          1. My wife makes a tex-mex dish where the macaroni is browned then tomatoes and chile's are added. She has always called it sopa gortha. Can anyone help with a recipe for such a dish? I tried browning macaroni for mac and cheese and found the flavor profile not to my liking.

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