Sopa de Fideo, also known as Mexican noodle soup, is a tomato-based soup that’s easy to make and perfect for the whole family! This satisfying and comforting soup is also vegetarian and vegan.
Sopa de Fideo is a Mexican noodle soup made with a tomato-based broth that’s super flavorful, savory and perfect for the whole family. It was one of my favorite soups as a kid because it was ready in no time (which was very important to little baby Isabel back in the day), and it had a lot of broth with noodles that were fun to eat! It was one of those soups that I never got tired of eating and I’m so excited to be sharing it on the blog today. This soup is 100% comfort food for me and I just can’t get enough.
What is fideo?
Fideo is the Spanish word for noodle. Sopa is the Spanish word for soup. Put ’em together and you’ve got Mexican noodle soup!
The noodles used in Sopa de Fideo are round and thin like spaghetti noodles, but short and bite-sized. You can find it in the pasta aisle of your grocery store labeled as either “fideo” or “cut spaghetti.” If you can’t find fideo noodles in your grocery store, you could also buy regular spaghetti noodles and break them into short 1-inch pieces. Here’s the exact pasta I used for this fideo recipe.
How do you make sopa de fideo?
- Make the broth. Add 2 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes, chopped onions, garlic, cumin and vegetable or chicken broth into a blender. Blend until smooth. Then cook the broth in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat with a little bit of olive oil. This helps add some depth of flavor to the canned tomatoes and and onions in the broth.
- Toast the noodles. Similar to Mexican rice, the noodles in sopa de fideo are lightly toasted with a little bit of olive oil in a large dutch oven or pot until they they are slightly browned and blistered.
- Add the broth and cook for 20 minutes. Once the noodles are toasted, add the blended tomato broth as well as 5 cups of vegetable or chicken broth. Season it with some salt, cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the noodles are fully cooked through.
Traditionally, my Mom always made the soup with little tomato and chicken flavored bouillon cubes instead of making the broth from actual tomatoes and spices (hey, she was doing the best she could), but those cubes are not made from the best ingredients. Lots of MSG, added sugar and other stuff that I don’t really need in my food. So I decided to branch out and make it from scratch. I’m proud to say that this sopa de fideo recipe tastes just the way I remember it and I couldn’t be happier!
Once the fideo soup is done, I like to serve it up in a big bowl with some cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for some brightness and freshness. It’s so incredibly simple to make and it always satisfies all my soup cravings.
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- 2 14.5 ounce cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 large clove)
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 8 ounces fideo pasta
- 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
- Add canned tomatoes, onions, garlic, cumin and 1 cup broth in a large blender. Blend until completely smooth. Blend this in a blender until smooth.
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add blended tomato sauce. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and add fideo pasta noodles. Stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until pasta has browned a little and begun to blister.
- Add the warm blended tomato sauce, the remaining 5 cups of broth and salt. Stir together to combine, cover and cook for 20 minutes, until the noodles are cooked through.
- Taste and season with more salt if necessary.