Matt's Sopa de Fideo

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My best friend Matt has been BEGGING me to put a Fideo recipe up on WGC for ages and this is our year! Sopa de Fideo is super quick and delicious and one of Mexico’s most classic soup recipes! It's made with tomatoes, noodles, garlic, and broth and then you can add extra toppings as your heart desires. It's perfect for these colder and rainier months!

Matt’s Fideo from (@whatsgabycookin)


What is Sopa de Fideo?

Sopa de Fideo is a tomato broth based soup with toasted thin and short spaghetti like noodles. It's comfort in a bowl and I've never met anyone who doesn't love it - and that includes children! If you've never seen or heard of Fideo, you can find these in the Latin section of your market or if you stock pile things you're obsessed with like me, I order them right here!

Once you've acquired the noodles, all that's left is to make this super lovely tomato based broth with spices, garlic, stock and of course, tomatoes.

Ingredients for this Recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Fideo pasta
  • Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Kosher Salt
  • Chicken Stock
  • Tomato Sauce

Variations / Substitutes:

The beauty in this recipe is that the base of the dish is the noodles and the broth. If you're in a pinch and can not find the fideo noodles, you can use spaghetti or even angel hair, just break them into 1 inch pieces before toasting them.

Once you have the base set your options are really endless in regards to the toppings. I love avocado, cilantro, crema, cheese. You can add chorizo, salsa, or tortilla chips for added crunch!

Expert Tip (from Matt):

If there is one major take away from this post, its this: Please don't skip the toasting step, it's important when the ingredient list is as short as this one is!! By toasting the noodles it creates an additional layer of flavor which really brings the dish together.

Matt’s Fideo from (@whatsgabycookin)


What to serve with Sopa de Fideo:

I typically serve this on it's own - but if you want to add something to the side these would be my selects:

If you tried this recipe, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it goes in the 📝 comments below. Thanks for visiting today

Matt’s Fideo from (@whatsgabycookin)

Matt's Sopa de Fideo

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 18 votes
This super simple tomato based soup is packed with flavor, thin and short noodles and can be garnished with just about anything your heart desires. It's my ideal comfort food!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Soup, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 4-ounce package fideo pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock divided
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce divided


  • Crema
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Freshly shredded cheddar cheese


  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Add fideo and cook and stir until slightly golden, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt and stir to toast for 60 seconds. Add 1 cup of the chicken stock and ½ of the tomato sauce to fideo. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid has almost evaporated.
  • Stir in remaining 1-2 cups of broth (depending on how broth-y you want your soup) and remaining tomato sauce. Cover and cook over medium heat until fideo is tender and sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, adjust seasoning as needed. Serve in bowls with desired toppings


If you can't find fideo, break up thin spaghetti. You can even use pastini, stars, alphabets, whatever you'd like!
Also if there is one major take away from this recipe, its this: Please don't skip the toasting step, it's important when the ingredient list is as short as this one is!! By toasting the noodles it creates an additional layer of flavor which really brings the dish together. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 766mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is so insanely good. Super simple and quick but the flavor is deep. Made it for my sickish husband and it was the perfect on the mend soup!

  2. 5 stars
    This is so delicious!!! Super easy to make and so tasty. I added some leftover rotisserie chicken and some cabbage as a topping. Fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    I hadn’t had this dish before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but was not disappointed. I found a 7oz package of the Fideo noodles in the international aisle of the grocery story so decided to double the recipe and that was NOT a mistake. This was super flavorful and really filling. Great winter dinner.

  4. 5 stars
    Why have I never heard of this before?? I think it has most all of my favorite ingredients, so I will look forward to this in my near future!

    1. 5 stars
      I make it with orzo sometimes so any small gluten free pasta would work especially the spaghetti noodles that are broken as Gabby suggested. I like the tomato sauce in a tube for a more intense flavor of tomato. Cento is my favorite but the Kroger organic is really good and at my fry’s/kroger store it’s really reasonable.

  5. I am so EXCITED to see this recipe as I brought back a few boxes of Fideo from Texas last year, and need a good recipe to use them in! Making this pronto ...

4.89 from 18 votes (11 ratings without comment)

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