Cheese Soup with Masa Doughnuts

Sopa de Queso Nicaragüense con Donas de Masa

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Cheese Soup with Masa Doughnuts is a Nicaragua Recipe enjoyed by people all over the world. This tasty treat is unique because of the Corn Fritter Doughnuts that are perfect for dunking in your Cheese Soup. I just love them.

The Sopa de Queso dish is quite common in Latin America. Even adding masa dumplings is common, but leave it to the Nicaraguans to come up with this particular spin on the recipe.

The real star is the corn masa doughnuts. Not only does it give the soup both flavor and body, but it also fried into crunchy doughnuts that go right inside the bowl.

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Cheese Soup With Masa Doughnuts

Sopa de Queso Nicaragüense con Donas de Masa

Recipe Author : Mike Gonzalez
A Nicaraguan Cheese Soup with Masa Doughnuts is a refreshing change to the same old soup meal. Corn fritter dougnuts fried to a golden brown prefrection makes the perfect dunking accompanyment.

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Nicaraguan
Servings 4 people


For the Masa

  • 2 cups corn flour
  • 1 1/2 cups grated dried cheese such as Parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground achiote optional
  • *kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Soup and Fritters

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon optional
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • *kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • *hierbabuena or parsley sprigs for garnish


Make the Masa for the Doughnuts

  • Combine tortilla flour with grated cheese, egg, salt and pepper to taste, and the achiote dissolved in 3/4 cup water. Knead the doughly lightly until soft and pliable but not sticky. Cover with a cloth and let rest.

Make the Soup

  • Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the milk, 3 cups of water, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the bouillon cube, if using. Take 1/2 cup of the masa and dissolve it in 1/2 cup water. Add to the soup.
  • Simmer until lightly thickened, and taste adding more salt or pepper.

Make the Doughnuts

  • In a deep frying pan heat the remaining oil over medium heat to about 365 degrees. Knead the reserved masa (add a little water if needed) and roll out the dough to about 3/4-inch thick. Use a doughnut cutter to make doughnuts and fry them in the hot oil until golden.
  • Transfer the fritters to a plate covered with paper towel.

The Final Preprations

  • Just before serving, drop the eggs in a thin stream in the hot soup, stirring all the time.
  • Put some masa doughnuts in each soup bowl, cover with soup and garnish with hierbabuena or parsley. Serve immediately.
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