Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Fideo Soup)

Mexican sopa de fideo is a staple in all Mexican households. A deliciously brothy and comforting fideo soup that everyone, young and old, enjoys any day of the week.

Fideo soup (sopa de fideo) close up.

My mother used to make fideo soup (sopa de fideo) at least three times per week for lunchtime as a simple entrée for her wonderful and delicious meals such as beef chile rojo with frijoles de la olla. Just as every mom in Mexico does for their family.

What is sopa de fideo?

Sopa de fideo, also known as Mexican sopita, is a Mexican noodle soup made with vermicelli or angel hair pasta cooked in a tomato-based broth. The recipe is a staple in Mexican cuisine and the most popular version of sopas aguadas.

Sopa Aguada (Mexican soups)

Mexican sopas aguadas (brothy soups) are a comfort food prepared daily in almost every home. Is served as an opening for comida corrida (Mexican menu), but sometimes is also served as a main dish with avocado slices, queso fresco, and cream.

The names for this type of soups can vary, for example, can be called sopa aguada, sopa de pasta or sopita. It doesn’t matter because all of them are made in the same way.

Sopa de fideo on a bowl.

How are sopas made?

Types of pasta for making sopa can vary, being fideos (broken spaghetti) the most common. But also other kinds like conchitas (shells), estrellitas (little stars), letras (alphabet), etc. are used for making Mexican sopita.

Depending on the type of pasta, the soup takes its name, so that’s why this recipe is called sopa de fideo, while the one using little stars is called sopa de estrellitas, and so on.

Raw fideo pasta closeup.

The base is a tomato broth, made with fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chicken broth. This base sauce is named recaudo and is a staple not only for this kind of soup but also for many other dishes like arroz rojo (red rice) or albóndigas.

Other ingredients might be added to the mix, to make this sopa de fideo more complete, for example, diced vegetables, minced meat, or shredded chicken.

The Ingredients

  • FIDEOS – Mexican noodles. They’re basically spaghetti broken into small pieces. Angel hair pasta and vermicelli are also a good option.
  • RECAUDO – Fresh tomatoes, onions and garlic. Blend with chicken broth. You don’t need to add so much tomatoes, if you do so, you’ll end with a simple pasta with tomato sauce, while sopita is traditionally with lots of broth.
  • CHICKEN STOCK – I like to use homemade, but from time to time I also use granulated chicken bouillon + hot water.
  • CILANTRO – This is totally optional but it adds a nice flavor to this soup. You can add a few sprigs when cooking the soup or blend it with the tomato and onion or even add it chopped when serving.

How To Make Sopa de Fideo

Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. Place it with the onion and garlic in a blender, add 1 cup of chicken broth and blend until pureed.

A collage showing how to make the recaudo.

Preheat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add pasta and stir to coat with oil. Cook stirring constantly until the pasta is nicely browned.

A collage showing how to stir fry the fideo pasta on a saucepan.

Pour the tomato sauce (recaudo). Let it sizzle while mixing for about half a minute.

Add 3 or 4 cups of chicken stock (or water + chicken bouillon). Season with salt and bring to a boil.

A collage showing while pouring recaudo sauce to the pan.

Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until fideo pasta is well cooked. Adjust salt to taste and serve immediately.

Sopa de fideo cooked, showing it with a cooking spoon.

How it’s served?

Traditionally, this sopita is served only with a squeeze of lime and that’s it. But, sometimes -especially if served as a single meal- can be added avocado, a dollop of cream, pickled jalapeños, and sprinkled queso fresco on top.

Sopa de fideo served in a bowl with avocado slices and queso fresco.

Tips and tricks

  • Pay attention when frying the pasta, it can burn easily. So keep stirring until is evenly browned.
  • This is a brothy soup, so don’t be scared of the amount of stock or water you have to add.
  • Eat it as soon as you can. Leaving it to rest makes the pasta absorb almost all liquid and the texture will change considerably.
  • If you want a smoky flavor in your fideo soup, roast the tomatoes and onions in a comal or a cast-iron skillet. You can also add 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder or smoked paprika!

Make it vegan

This Mexican sopa is so easy to turn into a vegan version. Just replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Add some diced veggies to the mix and there you go, a delicious vegan fideo soup for lunchtime!

Serve with a squeeze of lime, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and a few slices of fresh jalapeño peppers.

Make it healthier

For a healthier version, do not fry noodles. Instead, toast them at low heat in a frying pan and then add them as the recipe calls.

You can also add them to the tomato broth without toasting. Even though the consistency of the fideo soup will be a bit different, it will still result in a delicious and healthier dish.

Tips for storing and reheating

If you ended with leftovers, place them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, place Mexican sopa in a small saucepan, add a splash of chicken stock or water, and heat it up on the stove.

Watch How To Make It

Hungry for more? Try our recipe of sopa de fideo con pollo, which is almost like this recipe but with the addition of chicken and vegetables.

sopa de fideo

Mexican Sopa de Fideo

Mexican fideo soup is a staple in the mexican households. A deliciously brothy and comforting meal like no other. Everyone, young and old, love this soup.
PREP 5 minutes
COOK 15 minutes
TOTAL 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz fideo pasta (or vermicelli, angel hair pasta)
  • 2 small tomatoes (or ½ cup of canned tomato sauce)
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 4 ¼ cups chicken stock (or water + 3 tsp of chicken buoillon)
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • salt

Instructions

  • Cut tomatoes in half and place them with the onion and garlic in a blender.
  • Add 1 cup of chicken stock and blend until pureed.
  • Preheat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add pasta and stir to coat with oil. Cook stirring constantly until the pasta is nicely browned.
  • Pour the tomato sauce. Let it sizzle while mixing for about half a minute.
  • Add remaining chicken stock. Season with salt and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until fideo pasta is well cooked.
  • Adjust salt to taste and serve immediately.

NOTES

MAKE IT VEGAN
Replace chicken stock with vegetable stock. Add some diced veggies to the mix and there you go, a delicious vegan fideo soup for lunchtime!
Serve with a squeeze of lime, diced avocado and chopped green chillies & cilantro.
MAKE IT HEALTHIER
Do not fry noodles. Instead toast them at very low heat in a frying pan and then added it as the recipe calls. You can also add them without toasting, even though the consistency of the fideo soup will be a bit different.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • This is a brothy soup, so don’t be scared for the amount of stock or water you have to add.
  • Eat is as soon as you can. Leaving it to rest makes the pasta to absorb almost all liquid and is not nice.
  • If you want a smoky flavour in your soup, roast the tomatoes and onions in a comal or iron skillet.
  • If you have leftovers, place them into a container with lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition
Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 379IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Se ve deliciosa, es verdad que todas las mamis mexicanas la preparan y nada sabe más a “hogar” que una rica sopita de fideo. Gracias por compartir tantas recetas de la cocina mexicana e italiana.

    1. Así es, para mi el olor del recaudo sofriéndose es algo que inmediatamente me trae tantos recuerdos :) Gracias por visitarnos!