Meatless Fridays with CRS Rice Bowl: Sopa de Queso


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This Lent, is once again privileged to partner with CRS Rice Bowl by sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Why not try these simple recipes in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world?

Don’t forget to place the money you saved by serving a meatless meal into your CRS Rice Bowl! Those funds help feed the hungry around the world and in your own community. If you don’t have a CRS Rice Bowl program in your own parish, click here to find out how to donate.

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Sopa de Queso

Makes 6 servings

  • Water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 2 red tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 4 c whole milk
  • 2 ½ c Maseca
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 c queso fresco or farmer’s cheese, grated
  • 1 ½ T achiote paste
  • 1 T fair trade olive oil
  • 1 c vegetable oil

In a large pot, boil 4 cups water. Add onion, pepper, tomatoes, garlic and mint. Simmer until cooked. Meanwhile, combine Maseca and 2 cups water in a mixing bowl. Knead to form a dough. Mix 1 T olive oil into achiote paste. Mix cheese, salt and achiote paste into dough. Take 1 cup of dough and place in separate bowl; stir in ½ cup water. Set aside the rest of the dough to make fritters. In a separate pot, bring milk to a boil. Remove mint and discard half of the vegetables from the first pot. Then, add the dough-and-water mixture and boiled milk to the pot, and salt to taste. Stir and turn off heat.

To make the fritters, form the remaining dough into palm-sized circles. Fry in oil until crispy and brown. Garnish the soup with mint, and serve with rice and fritters.

What’s cooking? Find all our Meatless Friday featured recipes here.

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  1. Readers should be aware that Maseca is a brand name (like Kleenex,) and they sell a variety of corn products. The product you are looking for is masa harina, which can be any brand. My grocery store often has two brands, even here in rural Michigan!

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