Fideos - a ptitim soup from Thessaloniki cuisine. | Sarah SARA Sufrin Baruch SUFRIN | Fideus - ptitim soup
Fideos - a ptitim soup from Thessaloniki cuisine. | Sarah SARA Sufrin Baruch SUFRIN | Fideus - ptitim soup
Recipe

Fideos – Ptitim Soup

On a cold and rainy day, when we came back from school, my mother would make us FIDEOS - a type of soup, made from ptitim in the shape of rice

Ptitim (Israeli couscous) was invented during the period of austerity, when there was a shortage of rice, in order to satisfy the needs of the immigrants from the Eastern countries, whose diet was largely based on rice and couscous. Prime Minister at the time David Ben-Gurion asked the founders of the Osem company to produce a flour-based substitute for rice. The first shape of ptitim was the shape of rice (more like orzo), therefore it was nicknamed “Ben Gurion rice” and later other shapes were made.

In an earlier period, housewives used to prepare “Fideos” in their home kitchens, creating a dough from flour, water and salt, and taking small pieces of dough with their fingers, rolling them until thin, and spreading them on a towel for several hours to dry. Monotonous work is not easy, that’s why in Ladino they say:

KITAR FIDEOS = “to take out the ptitim” and it means to work hard.

Ingredients for fideos

  • 8.8 oz (250 grams) ptitim (Israeli couscous) or orzo
  • 1 large tomato peeled of skin, diced
  • 1 large box crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • 1. Put the water, tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper in a deep pot.

  • 2. Bring to a boil.

  • 3. Add the ptitim or orzo, mix and bring to a boil again.

  • 4. Lower the heat and cook until the ptitim swell and soften and a thick sauce is formed.

  • 5. Make sure there is some liquid left in the dish. Enjoy your meal!

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