This Sardines-Tomato and Spinach Soup is so good you’ll swear out loud. The Filipino soup’s name is an expletive in the Pampango dialect. But before I translate the swear word, let me tell you how a crisis brings out the best in everyone. Storm Sandy hit us in the east coast and left such devastation. It also brought out the best soups from my pantry. We were caught off guard by the storm calamity but I was not totally unprepared.
With the constant power outages, I quickly surveyed my pantry and found a gold mine in the cans of sardines I had received a while ago from my dear friend, Carmen. She had thoughtfully sent me a generous supply of sardines along with the Filipino cured meat products she makes.
I knew instantly I could whip up a good pot of sardine soup. I sautéed garlic, onions, tomatoes and poured in the sardines, broth and spinach. After a quick boil I had a simmering potful of sinfully good, tomato-flavored sardines soup. It is so amazing that the original recipe of this soup is a Pampango expletive that translates to “Soup! Son of a b—-!“. For those who are curious, Pampanga, a province north of Manila, is known as the “culinary capital of the Philippines”. Yes, I swear this soup is that good! Served hot with the fragrant boiled jasmine rice, it was splendid and swear-worthy!
Filipino Sardines-Spinach and Tomato Soup: Sabo Tacsyapu Na
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable
- 2 cloves garlic peeled; crushed
- 1 whole onion sliced
- 1 whole tomato sliced
- 1 can (4 3/8 ounces or 124 gm) Spanish sardines in tomato sauce
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- for serving: boiled rice
- In a medium stockpot, over medium high heat, add the vegetable.
- Saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, till onions and tomatoes are soft.
- Add the sardines and mix around in the sauté. Crush the sardines to make small particles and so it incorporates the flavors of the tomato-onion mixture.
- Pour the broth. Allow to boil, then lower heat to a slow simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the spinach leaves, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes till spinach is soft. Serve piping hot with a bowl of boiled jasmine white rice.
- COOK'S COMMENTS: For this recipe, I used a can of 'Martin Pure Foods Eat Fish Spanish Sardines in Tomato Sauce & Olive Oil', a gift from the brand.
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