Monday, June 15, 2009

Fideua Con Setas

This dish is my combination of two Spanish dishes that I love. I combined the garlic and mushroom tapas dish with fideua. If you are unfamiliar with fideua it is a Spanish pasta dish that is made in the risotto style with pasta (fideo) that is similar to angel hair but is an inch long.

I used fresh maitake mushrooms in the dish due to their reported ability to fight cancer. If you can’t find fresh maitake mushrooms they are also available dry. The smoked paprika adds not only smoky flavor but also a lot of vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant).

This dish is very smoky from the paprika. The garlic is also strong but not overpowering. The texture of the dish is soft and starchy, but the strands of pasta retain their individuality.

Fideua con setas
Broken Spaghetti (risotto style) with mushrooms
Makes 4 small portions


8 ounces of whole wheat spaghetti, broken into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup of sherry
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon of kosher salt
3 garlic cloves, grated (allow to sit 10 minutes so that allicin will develop)
6 cups of water or veg stock (you may not use it all)
12 ounces of fresh maitake mushrooms, torn into bite size pieces
¼ cup of sliced green onions


Toast broken pasta, smoked paprika and crushed red pepper in olive oil over medium heat until the pasta is a little brown. Add sherry, salt and garlic and stir pasta until sherry has been absorbed. Begin adding water or veg stock ½ cup at a time and stir as you would risotto. Continue to add water and stir until pasta is al dente. Then add the maitake mushrooms and cook for an additional two to three minutes. Stir onions into the dish and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 290.83
Calories From Fat (14%) - 40.13

Total Fat - 4.59g
Saturated Fat - 0.68g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 243.35mg
Potassium - 377.05mg
Total Carbohydrates - 51.93g
Fiber - 7.9g
Sugar - 2.11g
Protein - 10.55g


If you want pasta for dinner, but want something different this is a great alternative. I have made fideua with mushrooms for a year or so now, and I love the smoked paprika and garlic in this dish. This pasta is good with salad made with sherry vinaigrette.

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