Fideus Cassola

Rice & pasta | Traditional Spanish Recipes

Noodles Casserole

This is Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes, the comic from Bill Watterson. I’m sure you all know him! For those of you who don’t please go to the first book store you find and buy one of its Comics collection… He is one of the best ever! He will make you laugh even if you had the worst of the days!. Calvin’s character is so sweet and yet so naughty, childish but philosofical, imaginative and rational… One of his big fights is food. In his imagination food can be alive and atack him!!!

Well, here you have a dish your kids will love. It has noodles (pasta is always a big help with kids) and it has pork meat (tender and tasty) and veggies (maybe not a favourite among children but you can always switch the recipe ones for others they like better).

Special dressing: Sam Cook (turn player on)

This is one of the basics in Catalan cuisine – Fideus a la cassola – Noodles Casserole. The real recipe should be done in an earthenware dish but some months ago I changed my old kitchen for a new one and it’s not a gas one anymore, so I can not use my earthenware casseroles. Instead, I used an ironed one and the result wasn’t that bad… there were no leftovers!

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Be a kid for a while and enjoy this dish too!!!!! ;-)


•Ingredients for 4 servings: 400 grs of noodles (the bigger size, the better), 300 grs of pork rib cut in pieces, 5 ripe tomatoes, 2 artichockes,1 onion, 150 peas, 1 ½ liters of water, olive oil and salt.
•For the dressing: 2 garlic cloves, 20 grs of hazelnuts, 3 saffron threads, some parsley and salt.

•Fry the meat until golden, then chop the onion and cook at medium heat until transparent together with the pork ribs. Add the tomatoe sauce.

•Be patient and let the sofrito do it’s way. Keep on stirring until the tomatoe disappears and it gets oily. Then add the artichokes. Stir for 5 minutes at medium/low heat.
•Add the water (if you have meat stock it will be tastier) and the peas.
•Once it boils again add the noodles. Let cook at medium/high heat.

•Meanwhile prepare the dressing and when noodles are nearly done (after 15 minutes cooking or see instructions in your package) add it to the casserole. Add salt to your taste.
•Cook for 3 more minutes and then turn heat off and cover for 5 minutes.


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01/23/2008 · 13:00 h by Peter M

Nuria, every time I read your blog I see new dishes, bravo!

I’ve read about fideus in my Spanish cook book, is it the same diameter as spagehetti, just shorter?

01/23/2008 · 13:35 h by Núria

Hola Peter!
There’s different sizes for noodles here: the ones I used for this dish are nº 4, but you can get up to nº 8 (never saw them in stores, though)In the picture you will see they are aprox. 4 milimeters thick and 3 centimeters long. Spaghetti I use is a bit thinnier than 4 but much longer je, je!

01/23/2008 · 13:54 h by Peter M

Okay Nuria, so I could break my spaghetti into small pieces to look like fideus?

Je! Je!

01/23/2008 · 15:31 h by Núria

Si, si, si! That’s what I do when I ran out of noodles!!!!!

01/23/2008 · 17:06 h by Heather

Brava, Mamacita! I almost picked up a package of fideus noodles this weekend, thinking of you! You always cook what I’m thinking about. :)

01/23/2008 · 18:22 h by Ben

I don’t have any kids, but I sure loved this recipe. In Mexico we make a “sopa de fideos” or “sopa aguada” which basically is a pasta soup. The sauce is made with tomatoes. I always thought it was one of the greatest foods ever!

I have been so busy fixing up my blog that I didn’t have time for my usual rounds in the blogosphere, but I am back! I finally finished the design and the organization of my posts so you will have me more often here.

Besos preciosa!

01/23/2008 · 18:58 h by Núria

Buen provecho Heather! If you finally follow the recipe, I would love to know if you liked it!!!!!

Hola querido Ben! We also have sopa de fideos but it’s done with chicken/meat stock and the pasta… mmmhhhhh I love that one too!
Your blog looks great now! I already told you in the post: very ordenado, easy to get around, not too much publicity but still is there… A clever design!

01/24/2008 · 5:17 h by Laurie Constantino

I love pork, so this is a wonderful recipe for me. It sounds like the flavors are complex, but making the dish quite easy. Perfect!

01/24/2008 · 6:01 h by Emiline

I hold a special place in my heart for casseroles. I like making baked macaroni and cheese. So good. You must try it.

Calvin and Hobbes rocks.

01/24/2008 · 8:00 h by Núria

Hola Laurie! Thanks again for telling me about the mail error. Now is ok.
The pork meat, for me, is one of the best!!!

Hi Emiline! I would like to see this Macarroni and cheese casserole recipe in your blog… sounds Super!!!

02/10/2008 · 20:36 h by Peter G

I love comforting pasta dishes and this looks great. Similar in Greek cooking we call it “fithes”.

02/11/2008 · 8:13 h by Núria

Thanks Peter! It seems we’ve got so many things in common: Greek and Spanish cooking cultures rock!

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