Mexican Noodle Soup
Homemade sopa de fideo (noodle soup) is one of my favorite dishes. This is Mexican lunchtime comfort food in the way that grilled cheese and tomato soup is in the U.S. Think warm fuzzies in a bowl. Every kid in Mexico grows up on it and everyone, young and old, still eats it regularly as part of the typical comida.
How to Make Sopa de Fideo
Make it from scratch. It’s worth the small bit of extra effort for the authentic flavor. Many cooks take shortcuts – I’ll admit it. I do too at times – by using tomato and chicken bouillon or canned tomatoes instead of real chicken broth and pureed tomatoes.
Using powdered bouillon makes an acceptable version, but, it doesn’t make your heart happy in the same way as the real deal does. Make it from scratch and you’ll see what I mean.
Gather Your Ingredients
You’ll need an 8 oz. package of fideos, which are thin Mexican style noodles used to prepare this soup. You can substitute thin spaghetti, vermicelli noodles, or angel hair pasta broken into 1″ pieces if you are unable to find fideos.
You will also need
- 2 plum tomatoes
- ¼ white onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 8 cups of homemade chicken broth
- Vegetable oil
- 4 limes for garnish
Preparing the Soup
Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. Puree the tomatoes, onion, and garlic in your blender and set aside. This is what the pureed mixture will look like.
Fry the Fideo Noodles
Preheat 3 tbsp. of vegetable oil to medium-hot. Add the noodles and stir to coat with oil. Continue stirring until the fideo pasta has turned golden brown and a few strands have turned deep brown. Browning the noodles adds depth of flavor to the soup.
Assemble the Soup
Strain the pureed tomatoes, onion, and garlic into the browned noodles.
Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and stir.
Bring the soup to a boil.
Cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for 10 minutes.
Your perfectly cooked sopa de fideo is now ready to serve. Be sure to adjust the salt to taste.
Serving Your Sopa
Serve your sopa with a couple of lime halves. A squirt of lime juice brings the flavors together. A spoonful of diced avocado or a pinch of queso fresco are nice touches to finish your fideo soup.
Traditional Mexican Sopa de Fideo Recipe
- Kitchen knife
- Cutting board
- High sided skillet or medium soup pot
- Kitchen spoon
- 8 ounce package of “fideo” noodles thin spaghetti, vermicelli, or angel hair pasta work well
- 2 plum tomatoes Roma tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ medium white onion
- ¼ ground cumin optional to add to broth
- ½ tsp. Mexican oregano optional to add to broth
- 4 limes
- 1 ripe avocado sliced thin optional for garnish
- 8 cups homemade chicken broth
- 3 tbsp. vegetable oil or olive oil
- Salt to taste about 1tsp. will be needed depending on the chicken broth you use
- Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. Puree the tomatoes, onion, and garlic and set aside.
- Preheat 3 tbsp. of vegetable oil to medium-hot. Add the noodles and stir to coat with oil. Continue stirring until the noodles have started to brown.
- Strain the pureed tomatoes, onion, and garlic into the noodles. Notice the color of the noodles. Some of them should be very brown. The browned noodles add depth of flavor to the soup.
- Add the chicken broth and stir.
- Bring the soup to a boil. Cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Check the salt and adjust to taste before serving.
- Serve your soup with a couple of lime halves. A squirt of lime brings the flavors together. A little chopped avocado is a nice touch.
- You can use thin spaghetti, vermicelli noodles, or angel hair pasta broken into 1″ pieces if you are unable to find “fideos”
- Substitute canned low-sodium chicken broth if you don’t have homemade.
- You can also use vegetable broth if you want a vegetarian / vegan soup.
- You can make an even quicker version of this soup by using ½ cup tomato paste and 8 cups water instead of using the tomato and onion and chicken broth.
- You can 2 tablespoons of chopped avocado and a spoonful of queso fresco to each bowl as a nice garnish.
This is and my favorite comfort food especially when I’m sick! My children love it and I have shared it friends of all nationalities to share the love! I add a little cilantro when I have it in the fridge.(usually) and I have cheated with the bullion too ;) home made us the best!
Douglas Cullen says
Glad you have enjoyed it. Cheers!
AMAZING!!!! I’ve been eating fideo my whole life. Using fresh tomato’s and chicken stock made a huge difference! LOVED IT!!!
Great recipe! Thank you for sharing!
TINA OLSON says
Where does the 20g of protein come from? There is NO meat in this recipe….
Hi, when I blended the tomato/onion/garlic there was no way I could strain it. Not enough liquid at all! Came out in a clump haha
How would I fix this problem for next time?
Add alittle of the chicken broth until you can strain it. I had to stir it with a wooden spoon to help get it through my colander.
thanks for this recipe. my recipe is at home in california, iam in texas on visit with family. thans again. love ya
This was the 2nd time I have ever made fideo. (First being about 10 years ago. Lol) My husband tried it reluctantly as I went about the kitchen…next thing I know, he’s gobsmacked at how GREAT it is and taste just like his Aunt Josie use to make. That, was the highest compliment I could have ever gotten…
Thanks so much! It’s a life!
*it’s a keeper! :)
Douglas Cullen says
That’s awesome! You’re right. Any time someone says, “this is just like Grandma, Mom, Aunt used to make” that’s the highest compliment you can get because the dish lived up to their fond memories. There’s nothing more difficult to do in the kitchen than that. We’re so happy the recipe worked for you! Cheers!
Jody W. says
I am so glad I found this recipe. I have been missing Fideo since becoming G/F many years ago and sort of forgot how to make it and “YES” it tastes very similar to my mom’s. I used what I had on hand and even though I used G/F Angel Hair pasta, canned plum tomatoes, frozen pearl onions & Bone broth, it very near brought a tear to my eye. I was that heart warming!!! I can’t wait to try out my recipes.
Douglas Cullen says
Jodie, we can’t do much better than it tasting almost like mom’s. That’s a high standard to meet. Glad you liked it! Cheers!
Margie Mistretta says
Shouldn’t there be spices keep me cumin.
Jessica Perez says
Its missing the cumin for me! Got to have it!
I can’t wait to try it…however will it ruin the sopa if I decide to use less broth? more like 6 cups? I feel like 8 cups seems like a lot…but if I dont want it watery would that be the option? I like the sopa to be less of a soup …if that makes any sense?
Nelda G. says
No spices? I suggest adding chili powder, cumin, and oregano to taste.
This is fantastic recipe… yummy like I was taught by my mother to make. Recently I went to a restaurant in Whittier CA that’s specializes is Fideo.
After it’s cooked: they give you the option to add toppings: I added: queso fresco, avocado, cinlantro, & garlic shrimp ( yes strange, but was actually amazing) did dent than I’m used to but turned out fantastic l.
Other options they had were: pork rinds, boiled eggs, spicy shrimp, shredded chicken and even corn.
Anyway thoughts I’d share that, since your recipe is already great. Why not try other add-ons