Beef Sopas

Sopas is a Tagalog word for soup and usually it is made out of macaroni or shell pasta with bits of chicken, chicken liver or beef in a milk based broth. This soup is the Philippine version of the Western chicken soup and probably the most popular soup in the Philippines. A soup that primarily targets the kids palate that’s why it easily becomes a child’s their favourite, this is also the dish that is the first choice given to kids who are unwell, and this it is one of the many ways moms in Philippines let their child eat carrots.

Usually when this is prepared using chicken as it is the one of the cheapest meat back home plus it cooks faster but for our recipe today we are using the beef version and to even more enhance its taste I also used corned beef for a fuller beef flavour.

Beef Sopas
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Serves: 6
  • 2½ cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups beef cheeks, diced
  • 250 g canned corned beef
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 large can evaporated milk
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp rubbed thyme
  • ½ tsp rubbed basil
  • salt
  1. In a pot sauté onion and garlic in butter.
  2. Add beef and brown on all sides.
  3. Add beef stock, carrots, corned beef and bring to a boil then simmer for 40 minutes or until beef is tender. Check for liquid levels and add water if necessary,
  4. Add macaroni, rubbed basil and rubbed thyme then simmer for additional 15 minutes.
  5. Add evaporated milk, bring to a boil and turn off heat, don’t let the milk curdle.
  6. Season with salt and pepper



13 Responses

  1. A Philipino version of mac and cheese, but this one does not have pork:)

  2. Raymund, this sounds incredible – a nice rich winter warmer.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. A complete meal for the day and will be wonderful during the days when we don’t feel like having anything very heavy.

  4. It has everything you need for comfort food (pasta, meat, veggies, and delicious soup!). Looks fabulous and my kids will love this for sure.

  5. saminacooks says:

    Definitely looks like comfort food. Very inviting, especially is someone was unwell.

  6. Ha, call it sopas if you want, but I’m with Samina. I call it comfort food.

  7. Perfect on a rainy day!

  8. Cherrey says:

    I’ve never tried using beef with my macaroni soup. I always use chicken.. This is worth a try.

  9. I think it would target my husband’s palate as well! He can’t eat chicken so your use of the beef broth will work for me and this soup will soon be a winner at my kitchen table.

  10. I’d have to agree with Samina, this definitely looks like comfort food and I would love to try it. Another wonderful recipe

  11. peachkins says:

    I am a SOPAS GIRL, myself… have you tried cornedbeef sopas???

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