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Mom’s sopa de fideo (Mexican noodle soup) has been a quick and simple family favorite for generations!

Sopa de fideo served in a blue bowl.

Any Easy Soup to Love!

Sopa de fideo is a thin Mexican noodle soup we’ve made our entire life!

The noodle used is called Fideo, which is similar to angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti. Our mom has made us this Mexican soup using fideo for as long as we can remember, and we love that it’s simple, delicious and comes together in minutes.

Why We love Sopa

  • A dinner classic. This sopa de fideo has become a classic Mexican dinner in our home that the whole family loves. It can also be served as a side dish alongside warm corn tortillas.
  • Handful of ingredients. It’s not only delicious but requires only 5 ingredients.
  • Inexpensive and filling. And with the noodles being so cost-effective, it’s also a great meal when you’re trying to pinch pennies or use some pantry staples.
Two bags of fideo noodles.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or use olive oil to toast the noodles
  • 1 (7-ounce) package fideo noodles – If you can’t find it, use thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles. Just break the pasta into 1-inch pieces and cook as directed or make sopa de letres and replace the fideo with alphabet noodles.
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce – helps create the delicious tomato soup base
  • 24 ounces chicken broth – or use vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup (or chicken bouillon with water)
  • ½-1 cup Mexican cheese – or your favorite shredded cheese
  • garlic salt with parsley flakes – season to help round out the flavor of the dish
  • black pepper season to taste

How to Make Sopa de Fideo

  1. PASTA. Add 3 tablespoons oil to a medium pot and cook on LOW-MEDIUM heat.
    • Add 1 (7-ounce) fideo and cook until noodles are coated in oil and have started to turn golden brown.
  2. SOUP. Add 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce and 24 ounces broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to LOW and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until noodles are soft.
  3. SERVE. Add ½-1 cup cheese, garlic salt, and pepper and stir until combined. Serve warm. Top with chopped avocado, a squeeze of lime juice, a sprinkle of queso fresco, and fresh cilantro if desired.
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    Sopa de Fideo

    By: Lil’ Luna
    This quick, simple, and delicious sopa de fideo (noodle soup) is a family favorite. It's cheesy and flavorful!
    Servings: 5
    Cook: 20 minutes
    Total: 20 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 (7-ounce) bag fideo pasta
    • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
    • 24 ounces chicken broth, low sodium
    • ½-1 cup Mexican cheese, shredded
    • garlic salt, with parsley flakes
    • pepper
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    Instructions 

    • Add 3 tablespoons oil to a medium pot and cook on LOW-MEDIUM heat. Add 1 (7-ounce) fideo and cook until noodles are coated in oil and have started to brown.
    • Add tomato sauce and broth and bring to a boil. Then reduce to LOW and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until noodles are soft.
    • Add 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce and 24 ounces broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to LOW and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until noodles are soft.
    • Add ½-1 cup cheese, garlic salt, and pepper and stir until combined. Serve warm.

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g, Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 575mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 0.01g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 78IU, Vitamin C: 0.03mg, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 0.2mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

    Additional Info

    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: Mexican
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    Recipe FAQ

    • Add shredded chicken for a heartier fideo soup.
    • Add veggies like peas, zucchini, and carrots.
    • Infuse extra flavor by sauteeing onion or garlic in the oil before adding the fideo.
    • Make this sopa de fideo recipe a richer flavor by pureeing roasted tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.
    • Spice it up with jalapeno or chili powder.
    • Keep leftover Mexican noodle soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
    • Store leftovers in the freezer for 3-4 months. Keep in mind that the texture of the noodles will change, but the soup will still be delicious.

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    76 Comments

    1. Kacey says:

      5 stars
      Made This tonight and it was Delicious. My first tIme having fIdeo and will DEFINITELY make again. I hAve a Question, you reFer to it as a soup but it seemed mOre like a pasta Dish. Are there DIFFERENT wAys of serving? It was so yummy, Thanks!

      1. Kristyn Merkley says:

        I am so glad you tried it & liked it!! Thank you! That’s just what it is called, but yes, it more pasta 🙂

    2. Stefani says:

      5 stars
      Really liked this recipe! I added onions and garlic right before the nooodles turned brown. I also added caldo de tomate instead of salt. I liked the cheese in it but it was really good without, will probably leave out next time to make it healthier. I Will definitely make again and save to my recipes!

      1. Kristyn Merkley says:

        So happy you liked it! Thanks for sharing what you did.

    3. Olivia says:

      5 stars
      I grew up on this stuff. Every inexpensive, quick and so cheesy and yummy! The grandkids love this recipe.

    4. Kristina says:

      5 stars
      Similar to your spanish rice recipe i never thought to fry rice or pasta before cooking it.
      Really easy recipe. I usually have angel hair pasta on hand, but ill have to try it with the suggested fideo noodles.

    5. Laura Reese says:

      5 stars
      YOU HAVE THE BEST MEXICAN RECIPES. WE LOVE THIS SOUP.

    6. Heather says:

      5 stars
      My kids loved this! We will DEFINITELY be making again soon.

    7. Sarah Skaggs says:

      5 stars
      Delicious and so easy! Thank you!

    8. Trang nguyen says:

      5 stars
      this is so easy! And i have all these ingredients in my pantry right now, even during this corona quarantine. (minus the pasta but i love that i can just break up regular spaghetti pasta).

    9. Joy says:

      5 stars
      Mt family makes this all the time!! It is the cheapest, easiest, & tasty meal ever!! We love it!

      1. Janine Dallas says:

        Have a salvadoran son in law. My daughter and I want to find more recipes agreeable to both tastes. sounds Wonderful!

    10. marie johson says:

      5 stars
      Never had this sopa de fideo before but this recipe sounds delicious. gonna give it a try for sure 🙂

      1. Kristyn Merkley says:

        It is so easy & delicious!! I hope you do!