Sopa de Fideo

Sopa de Fideo is a super classic Mexican staple, and today I’m sharing my Abuela’s recipe! You guys loved her sopa de arroz (Mexican rice), and this recipe is equally as good!

This is somewhat of a “struggle meal” as it’s extremely affordable to make, but also tasty and comforting. My Abuela made this for us a lot as kids, and to this day I get such a nostalgic feeling every time I have it. 

What is Sopa de Fideo?

Sope de Fideo is a Mexican soup made with lightly toasted thin pasta noodles in a delicious and comforting tomato broth. I prefer my sopa de fideo more on the thin soupy side, but some people like it thicker and less soupy. 

For a lot of Mexicans, this dish brings so many wonderful memories of our childhood. It reminds me so much of the authentic Mexican flavors I grew up eating, and I always think of my Abuela!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s SO easy! You don’t need that many ingredients, and it can be ready in 20 minutes. 

  • It’s child-friendly! Children love this dish, especially when made with alphabet or star shaped pasta! 

  • It can be prepped and stored in the refrigerator for a few days and reheated for quick meals. 
  • It’s extremely afforable.

Ingredients 

  • Fideo pasta- also called vermicelli (not to be confused with vermicelli rice noodles). It comes in 7 oz bags at Walmart for 50 cents! If you can’t find it, you can also use angel hair pasta and break it into smaller pieces, or buy it on Amazon (but it’s kinda pricey).

  • Neutral oil– a little oil to lightly fry the fideo, which brings out a nice toasty flavor. Any neutral oil is fine but I recommend avocado or olive oil.

  • Tomatoes, garlic, and onion- blended to make a tomato salsa.

  • Canned tomato sauce- I use half a can of El Pato hot tomato sauce for a couple reasons- when tomatoes are not in season, a little help from canned tomato sauce is needed for more flavor. I also prefer using the hot tomato sauce for a little spicy kick. It’s still mild in flavor overall, but with a tiny bit of heat. 
  • Seasoning-  you only need salt and Knorr chicken bouillon for this recipe. 

  • Water– you can use chicken broth instead of water here, but I prefer using Knorr chicken bouillon + water simply because it’s convenient and I always have it. 

 

  • Cilantro- not required, but this definitely adds some great flavor!

Optional toppings

  • Corn tortilla with mayo- this is my preferred way to eat fideo. 

  • Cheese– it’s pretty common to add cheese! Queso fresco or cotija are great options.

  • Cilantro- cilantro is already boiled into the soup, but some fresh chopped cilantro to finish always nice.

  • Crema- aka sour cream, this is how my family ate fideo growing up. 
  • Bananas-  ok, I know it sounds weird but this is actually not that uncommon in Mexico. My family grow up eating fideo with bananas too. Try it! 

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Sopa de Fideo

Sopa de fideo is a traditional Mexican soup made with toasted thin noodles in a flavorful tomato broth. This comforting classic is a Mexican staple!
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (7 oz package) fideo pasta or angel hair pasta, broken up
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil avocado oil recommended
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce El Pato hot tomato sauce recommended for a little kick
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 4 tsp Knorr chicken bouillon
  • 6-7 cups water
  • salt to taste 1/2 tsp recommended
  • cilantro

Optional Toppings/Sides

  • cilantro
  • sour cream
  • banana slices
  • tortilla with mayo
  • queso fresco or cotija cheese

Instructions
 

  • Combine the roma tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Knorr chicken bouillon and blend until smooth. You should have about 1 cup of tomato sauce. Pour through a fine mesh strainer and remove leftover solids.
    *If you prefer a thicker texture, don't strain the tomato sauce. I like my fideo more on the soupy, thinner side so I always strain it.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the fideo pasta and move it around frequently for 2-3 minutes until it becomes a light brown color.
  • Pour in the blended tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of canned tomato sauce (I recommend El Pato Hot Tomato Sauce for a little spicy kick). Cook for 1-2 minutes and adjust the heat if needed.
  • Add 6 to 7 cups of water and stir to combine. Taste the soup and add salt as needed. I add about 1/2 tsp. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add the cilantro, then cover and reduce the heat to low for 10 minutes or until the fideo is cooked through.
  • Serve immediately with your choice of toppings. My family eats it with bananas and sour cream, but I also love it with a corn tortilla and mayo!

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This Post Has 72 Comments

  1. Jen Ancheta

    5 stars
    I just made this using alphabet pasta for my girls and it was a huge hit with the entire family!! Perfect for a rainy day like today. The flavors were so comforting and I loved how easy it all came together.

  2. Sarah Gonsales

    5 stars
    Just got all the ingredients yesterday to make this for my son tomorrow! Excited for him to try real Fideo instead of instant from a bag 🫣

    He is just like you! Korean and Mexican 🥰

    Thanks for sharing recipes from the best of both worlds.

  3. Yolanda

    5 stars
    My families go to when we want something fast and yummy!

  4. Lupita_y_los_ninos

    5 stars
    This is a childhood favorite of mine and now I make it for my kiddos too! We like to ad a spash of lime juice and tapatio/ salsa.

  5. Cynthia

    5 stars
    love it. reminds me of my childhood. now that I have children of my own I make it often for them. it’s a great recipe to have on hand when you need to stretch your grocery budget. its always a hit at our house. we enjoy it with quesadillas on the side.

  6. Lynnmarie Hirshman

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!!

  7. Claudia

    5 stars
    This is a classic soup that everyone should know how to make. There are a lot of combinations, but your recipe is the basic flavor. I like to add beef broth, but it depends on my mood and my cravings 😹😹😹 thanks for sharing this recipe.

  8. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Sopita de fideo is a Mexican comfort food! It’s always the go to for kids or a cold day. We always like to top it off with some cilantro, queso fresco and eat it with tortillas de masa , BOMB! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I love it!

  9. Irene

    5 stars
    My sister’s ex’s family used to share this dish with her all the time, and when I found out she was craving its comforting flavor, this is the recipe I followed. Happy to say it came out tasting just how she remembered! Now, it’s on regular rotation in our house. It brings a healing flavor to heartbreak, migraines, and busy workdays. Thank you for sharing it! ☺️

  10. Clarisa

    5 stars
    Sopa de fideo is such a nostalgic soup for me! Especially when crema or mayo is added. Takes me back to my childhood days. With your recipe, I was able to improve my own! And now that I’ve had my daughter, I can’t wait to introduce this sopa to her! I hope it brings her memories like it did for me. Thank you Stella!

  11. Hector G

    5 stars
    Stella love everything you create, I especially love the Mexican/Korean infusion this sopa was super easy to make and comforting.

  12. Hermelinda

    5 stars
    PATOOOO SAUCE!??? tired it. Actually very tasty 😜 I add dried laurel as well. I customized my moms with these two items so now I call it mine lol every Mexican has a way they make it nothing can ever be considered original. Everything is changed or altered to their liking.

  13. Jacob Hernandez

    5 stars
    As a Mexican, I’ve eaten sopa thousands of times. It wasn’t until this recipe that I started making my own and adding my favorite stuff like habanero and spinach to it. Thanks for sharing your recipes for us to learn!

  14. Susy Gonzalez

    5 stars
    I’m Mexican myself and I usually make it different and I tried this recipe and I loved it. It’s a must.!

    1. Anonymous

      ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to all your recipes. my favorite is the crispy rice chicken. want to make the sopa de fidao with my daughter really glad I found you on IG.

  15. Kimberly Hiss

    5 stars
    Such complex flavors and so simple to make! Can’t get more comforting than this dish! Try this if you want a quick meal that everyone will enjoy. 11/10

  16. Jenflowers_

    5 stars
    My husband is Mexican and he agreed that this is exactly the recipe we needed for making some sopita for our kids! 10/10 would definitely recommend.❤️

  17. Maryann Vu

    5 stars
    My college roommates mom made this for me when she came down to visit.
    I’d never had Sopa de fideo before and she packed it up for me while I was on my way to a night shift at the hospital.

    It was the most thoughtful gesture and it was so delicious I teared up.

    I saw this recipe and made it for nostalgic purposes and it tasted exactly as I remember!

    10/10 will be making often

  18. Les Xochipiltecatl

    5 stars
    Super delicious and hits the spot especially on a cold chilly day! I had never tried it with the pato sauce and it’s my go to now 💖

  19. Sonia

    5 stars
    Soda de Fido, my all time favorite childhood meal. Still eat it today and we pass this yummy meal to each generation. 🤗😋

  20. Ktend0

    5 stars
    Loved this growing up. It was always so comforting. Making it myself as an adult just brought back that warm fuzzy feeling and comfort from when my mom would make it for me.

  21. Tania

    5 stars
    My fav since childhood! Some people think it’s weird but I love putting some bananas in it! Delicious 🤤🍜

  22. Grefonda Lewis

    5 stars
    I have made this 3X. So comforting! Topped with sour cream and hot sauce❤️Thank you!

  23. Mike

    5 stars
    Not a huge fan of Fideo, we ate it a little too often growing up, but this one I could eat everyday!!!

  24. Stacy Andrade

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing, it is so close to my mother’s, and I’ve enjoyed it so much. My mom always added peas and carrots to give it a little extra flavor. Thank you for the touch of cilantro!

  25. Matthew

    5 stars
    This one was just like how my mom use to make and i use to dip quesadillas into them it tasted amazing

  26. Patricia

    5 stars
    so good and easy on a busy day, my children love it.

  27. Cindy L.

    5 stars
    My picky eaters loved this recipe! Definitely adding to weekly meal rotation! Thanks Stella!

  28. Mariana Cazarez

    5 stars
    Best sopita ever!! taste like home 🫶🏼 love it with sour cream 😋

  29. Sandra Navarro

    5 stars
    You’re right! Kids LOVE fideo! You made me remember how my first born used to eat it and close her eyes because it tasted so good to her 💕. I’m going to have to try it with the hot tomato sauce; already plan on picking up first thing in the morning so my little one can try it too.

    Love your recipes!

  30. Alexis Andrade

    5 stars
    This fideo recipe is perfect for any day of the week. You can never go wrong with this classic. My kids enjoy enjoy it and I enjoy making it for them since it’s a soup I also grew up eating pretty often. Thank you for sharing your version of it which tastes much better than the ones I would make lol.

  31. @germanornelasleon

    5 stars
    I prepared this fideo soup for the first time following this recipe, and it was amazing! I’ve made it 3-4 times already and my friends and family loved it! I’ve eaten this soup for years living with my mexican family of course, but I finally decided to make it on my own.

  32. Pamela

    5 stars
    Sopa de Fideo holds a special place in my heart as one of my cherished childhood favorites, lovingly prepared by my Abuelita. The mere thought of this dish fills me with nostalgia and warmth. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share this beloved dish with my Chinito hubby, hoping to recreate the flavors of my past.

  33. Julie Sosa

    5 stars
    I shared this with my friend out in Cali, she said her abuela used to make this as well. We both absolutely love this recipe 💜

    1. Gina

      5 stars
      Love this recipe! It’s so easy and delicious!

  34. Marc

    5 stars
    Just like my dad would make! My wife says it just reminds her of spagettios but growing up, I would choose a bowl of this with some cotija and hot sauce over canned spagettios any day!

  35. Helena Kim

    5 stars
    I am korean and my husband is mexican and we are newly married. went to his dad’s house recently as his family was visiting from out of town. his stepmother served this dish and I was so surprised how casual this dinner was with this soup. if it were koreans we would havd had a huge table with banchan and soup and meats. this was such a simple meal with some cheese and warm tortillas but it was so hearty and I was so surprised why it took 3 ladies to make this dish in the kitchen. came to realize they were making it from scratch 🤯. so glad you shared this recipe and so glad to find a korean mexican like yourself to be so well rounded in both cultures. I only hope my kid is the same in the future 🥲😝

  36. lisa uchiyama

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe!!! Reminding me of my childhood.

  37. Anabel

    5 stars
    I love eating this soup, its simple and easy, i add few veggies (like moringa or sometimes with sardines) its the way we make in the Philippines) and with rice it’s delicious.

  38. Perla

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! I grew up eating this with tacos dorados and now that I’m older I crave it on cold or rainy days. Thank you for sharing this staple meal!

    Thanks

  39. Roxanne

    5 stars
    Such a comfort food for me. Love your recipe along with many others.

    1. Caroline Vargas

      5 stars
      Super simple and easy to make and tastes authentic. I’ve been making fideo for awhile but this recipe definitely tasted better then mine. The hot tomato sauce definitely gave it the kick that my recipe was missing. Definitely won’t be going back to the old way I was making it.

  40. Rebecca B

    5 stars
    We called it Soupita when we were kids! Never tried the banana but here goes nothing! Love this recipe.

  41. Roxanna

    5 stars
    I grew up eating fideo and this recipe was a throwback to my childhood. I went ahead and went to the store to buys the ingredients after seeing the reel made it and came out just as good as I remembered.

  42. Anonymous

    5 stars
    This is definitely the ultimate Mexican comfort food! I grew up with many close Mexican friends who became family and this always takes me back home! Thanks for sharing this simple recipe that hold so many warm feelings in my heart and brings so many friends and families together!:)

  43. Melissa Moreno

    5 stars
    Immediately made this when it was posted.
    My late grandmother used to make this for me and my siblings growing up. I know there are many different versions of this soup but this was so easy and so good and it just brought back so many memories eating this again.

  44. Kenia

    5 stars
    I saw this recipe when you first posted it on ig and I had to try it with El Pato salsa…and I tried it with the Bananas too and I have to say I fell in love with it; it reminded me of my caldo de res… I like putting platano macho in it.

  45. Jeanette

    5 stars
    It was nice learning a different way to make sopa de fideo. Im not going to lie, the bananas had me concerned at first. Never would’ve thought to put bananas in fideo, but it actually was pretty good. Definitely one of those that you just have to try and see for yourself! Will be making other people try it next. Lol

  46. Susan Mariscal

    5 stars
    Super easy recipe! Love making fideo when it rains!

  47. Kelly

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe. It was so easy to follow This was always a a favorite of mine growing up. I was scared to try it with the bananas but you made a believer out of me. It was so delicious.

  48. Maria

    5 stars
    Definitely a comfort food for me growing up, recipe is so good and easy to follow! Thank you

  49. Michelle Manríquez

    5 stars
    This sopa de fideo brings back so many childhood memories. So yummy! Thank you Stella for sharing! <3

  50. Samira

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite soup. So easy to make and so tasty.

  51. Oscar

    5 stars
    I started following you when this popped up on random reels, I love making this during rainy/cold days or when I have someone coming down with something at home, I really liked the addition of El Pato sauce because I do that a lot when making soups, thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

  52. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Me and my girls favorite go to! So easy and so delicious!

  53. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Love the simplicity and flavor with this dish! My family always leaves empty bowls.

  54. Malee Prakonekham

    5 stars
    Made this and my kids loved it!!

  55. Lizette

    5 stars
    Growing up this has always been a go to in my house. & now I love making it for my baby. This recipe was soo good! Thank you for sharing!

  56. Vanessa

    5 stars
    I’m Mexican and Fideo is my comfort food. I absolutely loved this recipe and the banana was surprisingly good! I sent the recipe to my dad and now he raves about it all the time now. 10/10 recommend this recipe!
    Thank you!

  57. Yvette

    5 stars
    Sopa de fideo is a flashback to my childhood when my abuelita used to make some for me when she would visit! Love love love this soup!!

  58. Edwin

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! One of my childhood favorites and go to! Love the addition of cilantro and the use of a HOT tomato sauce.

  59. Chris Portillo

    5 stars
    This one brings me back to my mom’s kitchen growing up! Thank you for this recipe!

  60. Patsy Villagran

    5 stars
    I grew up eating fideo with bananas and this recipe was a sweet throwback to make. Came out just as good as I remembered.

    1. Adriana Herrera

      5 stars
      one of my favorite recipes!!! It takes me back to my childhood days of when my mom used to make it for us rolled with a tortilla to dip in. We also add queso fresco with it and always tastes amazing. Thank you for your recipes. Keep doing your thing girl! 👌

  61. Abby

    5 stars
    This is such comfort food, it will become a winter staple in my household. It’s like a warm hug in a bowl!

  62. Jennifer

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this! My husband is Hispanic and says fideo was the comfort food his mom made during cold weather. I tried to make it once but it didn’t turn out right. So I can’t wait to try this version!!

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