Sopa de Fideos

Sopa de Fideos

Sopa de Fideos is a Soup made from a pasta called “Fideos.” If you’re unfamiliar with Fideos, they’re similar to angel hair or vermicelli. They are sold in bags which contain a coil of the dried noodles or in bags of short, cut pieces. Sopa de Fideos is prepared by browning the noodles in oil with onions before being cooked in a combination of tomatoes and broth. Sopa de Fideos is extremely simple, very inexpensive, and it’s loaded with flavor.

Sopa de Fideos is an extremely frugal recipe, as our local markets regularly have the 7.5 ounce bags of fideos on sale for five for a dollar. If I’m making this as a meal for my family, I tend to use two packages of the fideos and double the recipe, but that’s still very affordable.

During the cooking process, the fideo noodles are browned prior to adding the tomatoes and broth to the pot. This adds depth of flavor to Sopa de Fideos and helps to make it a delicious, frugal meal. The recipe is also versatile, as it can be made with more liquid to make it more soupy, or it can be made with less liquid to be more like a dish of pasta, as in the photo above. However you make it, you’re sure to love this simple, frugal, and delicious meal.

Sopa de Fideos

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • Olive Oil
  • Fideos
  • Chicken or Vegetable Broth (or Bouillon Cubes and water)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt (I usually add this at the table)

From the Root Cellar

  • Onion
  • Garlic
Sopa de Fideos

Give our recipe for Sope de Fideos a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Sopa de Fideos

Fideos are thin noodles that are sold in the International or Latin section of the grocery store. They are similar to vermicelli or angel hair, but they're always much less expensive (at least here in Southern California). Fideos are sold either in coils or in pieces that are cut about one inches long. This soup is basically a simple tomato noodle soup. It's delicious, and extremely frugal. The total cost for this recipe is $3.06 or about $0.77 per serving. Cook's Note: If you want this to be more substantial, like a pasta dish, use less broth.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Latin American
Servings 4
Calories 291 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or oil of your choice) ($0.30)
  • 1/4 medium yellow onion finely chopped ($0.10)
  • 1 large clove garlic minced ($0.09)
  • 1 (7.0 or 7.5 oz) package Fideos ($0.25)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce ($0.34)
  • 6 – 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth Use more or less depending on how thick you want the soup ($1.98)
  • salt to taste (I usually add this at the table)


  • Heat Oil in 4 quart Pot.
  • Add onion to pan, and saute for about two minutes until they begin to become translucent.
  • Add garlic to pan, and saute for one minute more.
  • Add noodles to pan and allow to brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Browning the noodles adds depth of flavor to this dish, so don't skip this step.
  • Add tomato sauce to the pot and mix well.
  • Add broth to the pot and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  • Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  • Serve. This is delicious with a sprinkle of queso cotija or parmesan cheese. I have friends who like to squeeze some lime juice into their bowl of soup, too.
Keyword angel hair, bouillon, broth, fideos, garlic, olive oil, onion, tomato sauce, vermicelli

Nutrition information is for 1/4th of the recipe prepared according to the recipe above using 6 cups of

Sopa De Fideos

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