Sopas is a hearty and warming Filipino soup full of shredded chicken, macaroni pasta, carrots and cabbage. This dish differs from other soups by the inclusion of evaporated milk which lends it a rich and creamy flavour.
Interestingly, one of my favourite things about Sopas is the appearance. The dish always appears vibrant and tasty with the bright orange carrots and fresh green cabbage coated in the creamy soup, it really appeals to me. They do say we eat with our eyes!
Sopas is a true family favourite in the Philippines, and we commonly eat this for breakfast or as a snack, particularly during the rainy season. Each family has their own, closely guarded recipe but you’re lucky enough that I will share our version with you!
The first secret to getting the most flavour is the broth, its best to make your own using bone-in chicken, but if you don’t have time a good quality bought broth will suffice. Secondly, it helps to sauté the garlic, onion and carrot in butter, this really contributes to the creamy flavour typical of Sopas.
Sopas is a hearty and warming Filipino soup full of shredded chicken, macaroni pasta, carrots and cabbage combined with evaporated milk.
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 carrot cut into quarter circles
- 250 g cooked chicken shredded
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups macaroni elbow pasta
- 1/4 cabbage chopped
- 1 can evaporated milk
- salt and pepper to season
- Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the garlic, onion and carrot then cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened.
- Add the chicken and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken broth and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the macaroni, cook, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes or until the pasta is almost cooked.
- Add the cabbage and evaporated milk and simmer for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.
If the soup becomes too dry while the pasta is cooking you can top up the liquid with extra stock.
You can add other ingredients to this soup base for a different flavour combination, try chopped ham, hot dog, boiled quail eggs or pork pieces.
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