A Flavorful, Comforting Sopa De Fideos for Chilly Nights

Welcome, my fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for the traditional Mexican noodle soup – Sopa de Fideos. This comforting and hearty soup is made with thin pasta noodles known as fideo, cooked in a tomato-based broth infused with flavors of garlic, onion, serrano chili pepper, and tomatoes.

Sopa de Fideos is a classic dish that has been passed down through generations of Mexican families. It’s considered to be an epitome of comfort food and is often served on chilly evenings or when someone needs a pick-me-up. This dish will make you feel warm inside and out.

This Easy Mexican soup is designed for the lover of all things savory and delicious. The recipe takes advantage of everyday pantry staples to make and takes only 30 minutes from start to finish. The end result is a bowl full of rich broth and tender noodles infused with flavors that you’ll surely crave!

Whether you’re new to Mexican cuisine or a seasoned expert, this recipe will not disappoint. Follow along for a step-by-step guide on how to create your own pot of this savory goodness. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sopa De Fideos (Soup With Pasta)
Sopa De Fideos (Soup With Pasta)

Are you looking for a delicious and comforting soup recipe that will warm you up on a cold evening? Look no further than Sopa De Fideos, a traditional Mexican noodle soup made with thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles in a tomato-based broth.

What makes this soup so special? For one, it’s incredibly easy to make. You don’t need any fancy ingredients or advanced cooking skills – just basic pantry staples like onion, garlic cloves, and canned tomatoes. And yet, the resulting flavors are rich, savory, and deeply satisfying.

Another reason to love Sopa De Fideos is its versatility. You can customize this recipe to your liking by adding different proteins (such as ground beef or chicken broth), vegetables (like serrano chili pepper), or toppings (such as creme fraiche) depending on what you have on hand or what suits your taste buds.

And if you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine, there’s no better way to experience its comforting flavors than with this simple yet delicious noodle soup. Sopa De Fideos might also remind you of other popular Mexican soups like Conchas, de Conchas, or even hearty sopita con pollo.

So what are you waiting for? Give this comforting and easy Mexican soup a try and discover why it’s a beloved classic that will quickly become one of your go-to recipes for fall and winter evenings.

Ingredient List

 A comforting bowl of Sopa De Fideos is perfect for chilly evenings.
A comforting bowl of Sopa De Fideos is perfect for chilly evenings.

Let’s start by gathering all the ingredients we need to make this delicious Soup With Pasta recipe, also known as Sopa De Fideos. This comforting Mexican soup is perfect for chilly nights or when you need a quick and easy meal. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Serrano chili pepper, seeds and stems removed, chopped finely.
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced.
  • 1 Onion, chopped finely.
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped finely.
  • 4 cups of Water.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1/4 cup of Creme Fraiche.
  • 8 oz Thin Spaghetti, Angel Hair, or Vermicelli pasta.
  • Optional: Ground beef, chicken broth or tomato sauce if you want to add some protein to your soup.

You can easily find these ingredients at your local grocery store. The star of this dish is the fideo pasta which means noodle in Spanish. It is an essential ingredient in traditional Mexican sopa de fideo recipe that gives this soup its distinct texture and flavor. Keep in mind that fideo noodles come mushy when overcooked so be sure to keep an eye on them while cooking. Now let’s move on to the recipe how-to!

The Recipe How-To

 The savory aroma of the soup will make your mouth water.
The savory aroma of the soup will make your mouth water.

Let’s get cookin’

Are you ready to make a dish that is perfect for any occasion? Then, let me show you how to make the delicious and hearty Sopa de Fideos. This Mexican noodle soup is easy to make and is sure to satisfy everyone at the table.


Before we start cooking, let’s make sure we have all the ingredients ready. You will need thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles, which are cooked till they’re almost crispy in oil, a chopped onion, some minced garlic cloves, 3 ripe chopped tomatoes, a diced serrano chili pepper (remove seeds if you’d like it mild), 5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, and some freshly ground salt.

Cooking Steps

  1. First step for sopa De Fideos is to heat around 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pot, add thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles and fry till they start going crispy. Remove carefully, set aside.

  2. In the same pot or Dutch oven, add chopped onion and sauté until translucent.

  3. Add minced garlic cloves and chopped serrano chili pepper (with seeds removed) then continue with tomato sauce and some salt to taste. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are cooked.

  4. Now it’s time to pour in 5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, stir well and bring it to boil on high heat.

  5. After boiling, reduce heat to low, once again add previously fried thin pasta noodles into the soup pot, mix in gently until all pasta is submerged under the liquid surface.

6.Then cook covered for around 5-7 minutes or until noodles are fully cooked.

  1. To finish off, remove from heat and serve into bowls immediately & top off with some creme fraiche on top, and garnish with some chopped fresh cilantro if you like.

Pro Tip

Here’s a pro tip to make your soup even more delicious – add some ground beef or chicken broth to it. That will give it an even deeper flavor and -bam- now you have hearty soup con pollo or de conchas. Now that you know how to make this fantastic recipe, it’s time to impress your guests and family with traditional Mexican flavors.

Substitutions and Variations

 This recipe is a favorite of mine because it's easy and delicious.
This recipe is a favorite of mine because it’s easy and delicious.

Looking to mix things up a bit? There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to this delicious Sopa De Fideos recipe. Here are some options to consider:

– Spice it up: If you like your food with a little extra kick, try adding a minced serrano chili pepper to the soup. This will add some heat without overpowering the other flavors.

– Swap out the protein: While this recipe calls for vegetable broth, you could easily substitute it with chicken or beef broth, depending on your preference. You can also swap out the creme fraiche with sour cream for a tangy twist.

– Change up the noodles: Though traditional Sopa De Fideos features thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles, you could switch them up by using angel hair pasta or any other thin pasta noodles you have on hand. Fideo pasta can also be substituted with conchas or sopita pasta.

– Add more veggies: Want to get an extra dose of vegetables into your meal? Try adding some diced bell peppers, carrots or corn into the soup.

– Give it a meaty twist: To give a twist to the traditional Sopa de Fideo recipe, you can add tomato sauce and ground beef. This variation provides a hearty and comforting meal that is sure to satisfy all taste buds.

Regardless of which variations and substitutions you decide upon, remember that this recipe is extremely versatile and easy to make your own. So feel free to experiment and create your own unique version of this classic Mexican noodle soup!

Serving and Pairing

 Sopa De Fideos is the ultimate comfort food.
Sopa De Fideos is the ultimate comfort food.

One of the best things about Sopa De Fideos is that it’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed throughout the day. Whether you’re in search of a quick and satisfying breakfast, a comforting lunch or a hearty dinner, this soup made with thin pasta noodles is perfect.

To start, I recommend serving this hearty Mexican noodle soup with some freshly sliced crusty bread or tortillas. This will enhance the texture and add some extra flavour to your meal. You can also add a dollop of creme fraiche to give it a creamy taste.

For those who want to add some heat to their dish, try adding some finely diced serrano chili pepper on top. A dash of salt will also bring out the flavor. The spiciness of the chili pepper combined with the savory tomato-based broth creates an explosion of flavours that your taste buds will surely thank you for.

Sopa De Fideos can also be paired with side dishes such as salads or roasted vegetables if you want to make it a more filling meal. These can provide some added nutrients and extend your mealtime. You can serve it up with some sour cream if you like as well.

This soup is so simple and delicious that it goes well with almost anything, making it perfect for small gatherings, family dinners or any other event where you want to impress your guests with your cooking skills.

Overall, this delightful noodle soup is easy to make and sure to satisfy all your cravings – morning, noon or night!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A steaming bowl of soup with pasta is sure to warm you up.
A steaming bowl of soup with pasta is sure to warm you up.

As a chef, I know how important it is to plan ahead when it comes to meal preparation. When it comes to this savory Sopa De Fideos recipe, you can make it ahead of time and store it for easy reheating later.

To make-ahead: Once you’ve cooked the soup according to the recipe instructions, allow it to cool down before transferring it into an airtight container. You can keep the soup in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 1 month.

To reheat from the fridge: Place your desired amount of soup into a pot and cook over medium heat until heated through. You may need to add a splash of water or broth to thin out any excess thickening that occurred during storage.

To reheat from the freezer: Thaw the soup overnight in the fridge before reheating according to the instructions above. Alternatively, you can add frozen soup into a pot and cook over low heat until completely thawed before increasing heat to medium and stirring until fully heated through.

When reheating, be mindful about not boiling the soup as this could cause mushy fideo noodles. To refresh the flavors and consistency, you may want to add some additional spices or broth.

Making this Mexican noodle soup ahead of time means you have something hearty and satisfying on hand for busy weeknights or impromptu dinner guests without having to start from scratch.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The combination of flavors in this soup is simply amazing.
The combination of flavors in this soup is simply amazing.

Sopa de Fideos, also known as Mexican noodle soup, is a hearty and comforting Mexican-style soup made with thin spaghetti, vermicelli noodles or fideo pasta cooked in a tomato-based broth. Making the perfect Sopa de Fideos can be easy if you follow some tips and tricks to ensure that every bowl is savory and satisfying.

Firstly, when making Sopa de Fideos it is essential to cook the pasta separately from the broth. Adding the pasta directly to the soup may cause it to become mushy and overcooked. Cook your pasta al dente, which means to the point where it’s tender but still firm to the bite, then rinse it with cold water to prevent further cooking.

Next, you can choose to use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor. Alternatively, you can use protein-based broths such as chicken or beef broth instead of plain water for a more traditional Mexican sopa de fideo.

Another important tip is seasoning your broth correctly. Salt is an essential ingredient that elevates the flavors in your dish. Season your broth with salt as per your taste. I recommend starting with one teaspoon of salt per four cups of liquid and then adjust if necessary before adding other seasonings such as garlic cloves or serrano chili pepper.

To add some creaminess to your Sopa de Fideos, you can mix creme fraiche into each bowl before serving. This will add a tangy flavor and smooth texture to each bite.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to make variations in the recipe by adding conchas(small shells), chicken or ground beef with tomato sauce! It’s an excellent choice for all enthusiasts who want an extra taste.

By following these tips and tricks for making Sopa de Fideos, you’ll be guaranteed to achieve perfect results every time.


As with any recipe, it’s understandable to have a few questions or concerns before diving in. So, I’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to address any possible issues or confusions regarding the sopa de fideos recipe. From substitutes to cooking times and more, read on for the full breakdown.

Is fideo the same as pasta?

Fideo noodles, a type of thin Mexican pasta, have a resemblance to angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti. If you have trouble finding fideo noodles, don’t worry! You can easily substitute them with readily available thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles. Remember to break the pasta into 1-inch pieces before cooking to achieve the desired texture.

Why does my sopa de fideo come out mushy?

When it comes to cooking fideo, sometimes the pasta can come out mushy. It’s important to keep in mind that when the pasta is overcooked, the texture can be affected. This is often the result of simmering the soup for too long. To prevent mushy fideo, it’s recommended to remove it from the heat after about 10 minutes of simmering, or once the pasta has reached a tender texture.

What is fideo pasta made of?

Mexican cuisine offers a delightful noodle soup called Sopa de Fideo, where “fideo” denotes a specific type of noodle in Spanish. These durum wheat noodles look like broken pieces of thin spaghetti, which are perfect for a soupy dish.

What can I substitute for fideo noodles?

If you’re having trouble finding fideos, don’t fret! Thin spaghetti, vermicelli noodles, or even broken angel hair pasta pieces will work as a great substitute in this recipe.

Bottom Line

Don’t limit yourself to familiar dishes when it comes to exploring new cuisine experiences. With this Mexican-inspired recipe for Sopa De Fideos, you can enjoy a bowlful of subtle spices, aromatic herbs, and comforting warmth. The savory tomato-based broth and thin vermicelli noodles are the perfect match to create a deliciously hearty soup that’s easy to make and will definitely impress.

With its versatility and adaptability, this recipe is open to interpretation and encourages creativity. You can try different variations by replacing fideo with other thin or flat pasta noodles such as angel hair or thin spaghetti. You can add or swap vegetables, meats or even seafood that you have on hand to give it an exciting twist.

The comfort of a good meal cannot be underestimated, especially in challenging times when we need something both filling and nourishing for our body and soul. So make a batch of Sopa De Fideos; it reheats well and goes with just about everything from a fresh salad to warm bread rolls. With simple, wholesome ingredients that bring forth fantastic flavors, this recipe for traditional Mexican noodle soup is sure to become your go-to favorite!

Sopa De Fideos (Soup With Pasta)

Sopa De Fideos (Soup With Pasta) Recipe

Another Mexican recipe from my friend Fay.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Starter/Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 283.1 kcal


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 12 ounces vermicelli, broken
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • salt, to taste
  • creme fraiche (optional)
  • serrano chili pepper, chopped (optional)


  • In a blender, puree the tomatoes, onion, and garlic with the water until there are no chunks remaining. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot. Add the pasta and stir until it begins to brown. Pour off the excess oil, if any.
  • Add the pureed tomato mixture and bring to a boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add chicken stock and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Garnish with creme fraiche and chopped chilis, if desired.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 335gCalories: 283.1kcalCarbohydrates: 42.2gProtein: 12gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 7.2mgSodium: 347.4mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 5.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Mexican
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.