Ramen Broth Pork & Red Chile Adobo Soup

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Julia Child

What? You say Ramen and Pork Adobo? Well, it was the second time that I was able to use the ramen stock that I have frozen instead of making a huge pot of other pork stock for the Red Chile Posole that I have in mind for the leftover pork adobo. What a time saver that stock is, but I can see that the next dreary days in a row is reserved for another ramen experience.

The salsa de chile rojo is made with a variety of dried red Mexican peppers paying close attention to the heat level on each package so that the sauce is not too flaming hot for others.

8 or so dried red chiles (remove the stems) like ancho, pasilla and guajillo (note the heat levels on the package and with to mild ones if you like)
2 very large tomatoes chunked up blender or processor ready
1 large onion rough chopped for the blender
3 cloves of garlic, plain, roasted or toasted
hand full of fresh parsley
3 tablespoons EVOO
ground pepper
2 tablespoons agave syrup
salt to taste
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Boil enough water to cover the chiles in a bowl and soak for at least an hour. With a slotted spoon remove chiles to a blender or processor and process until they are ground up then add all the rest of the ingredients and puree.

For the soup I used the leftover pork Adobo (large dice or shredded) and 6 or so cups of Ramen broth or pork stock, 1 large diced onion, a few (3) of cloves of roasted garlic, 1 large can of hominy, drained, 2 cups red salsa and a small can of Hatch Chiles. Add a teaspoon or two of cumin and 3/4 tablespoon Mexican oregano. Cook over medium low heat for at least 30-40 minutes or until the hominy is tender. I added shredded 3 cups of Napa cabbage the last five minutes of cooking time. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.

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Serve piping hot with garnishes of additional cabbage, diced radishes, green onions, cilantro and warm tortilla chips.

This soup can be made a day or two ahead.  Consider smoky BBQ pork or chicken if you don’t have leftover pork.