Comfort Food Classics: Sopa de Fideo

Sopa de Fideo is a traditional Mexican noodle soup in a light tomato broth seasoned with onion and fresh cilantro.

Traditional Mexican Sopa de Fideo recipe -

For those of us that grew up in a Mexican household, Sopa de Fideo is one of those classic comfort foods that will always bring to mind fond memories of our childhood, our abuelitas, and/or our favorite tías (aunts). For me, this fideo soup brings back memories of my abuelito (grandpa), who always made this soup on rainy days and whenever I was sick. Just like my grandma's Caldo de Pollo for the Soul, Pappy's Sopa de Fideo had magical curitive powers, because I always felt so much better after eating a bowl. There wasn't anything Sopa de Fideo couldn't heal... the common cold, migraines, asthma flare-ups, and even a broken heart.

How to make traditonal Mexican Sopa de Fideo (Fideo Soup): 

Enjoying this classic Mexican noodle soup at home is super easy. With just a handful of ingredients--like ripe tomatoes, onion, homemade chicken broth, and fresh cilantro--you can have lunch or dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. I feel that the secret to a flavorful Sopa de Fideo starts with frying the fideo pasta in oil until golden brown. Then there's that tantalizing sizzle when the tomato puree hits the hot pan, filling your cocina with the comforting aroma of this childhood favorite.

Tasty Takes on Classic Mexican Fideo Soup: 

Like most traditional Mexican recipes, every family has their own unique recipe for making Sopa de Fideo. There is no wrong way to make Mexican Sopa de Fideo, and best of all you can tweak the recipe to make a few delicious variations to a classic. Some of my favorites inclucde Sopa de Fideo con Pollo (chicken & veggie sopa de fideo), Sopa de Fideo a los Cuatro Chiles (4 chile fideo soup), and Salsa Verde Sopa de Fideo. And then of course there is also Sopa de Fideo Seco, which is another classic fideo recipe topped with lots of melted cheese.

This cool, crisp fall weather is perfect for enjoying a bowl of warm, comforting Sopa de Fideo. You can serve this Mexican classic all on it's own for a light meal with a toasted bolillo roll or crackers, or serve it alongside your favorite quesadillas or tortas (sandwiches).

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Classic Mexican Sopa de Fideo

Sopa de Fideo is a traditional Mexican noodle soup in a light tomato broth seasoned with onion and fresh cilantro.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 4 roma tomatoes 
  • 1/2 medium white onion 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 200 gr. fideo pasta 
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 6 sprigs fresh cilantro 


  1. Puree the tomato, onion, and water in a blender until smooth; set aside. 
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry fideo pasta in oil, stirring constantly to avoid burning, until golden brown. Carefully stir in the tomato puree, chicken broth, and fresh cilantro. Season with salt to taste. Stir gently to combine. 
  3. Let soup come to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat to low; let simmer for about 15 minutes until pasta is completely cooked; remove from heat. 
  4. Ladle soup into bowls. Serve with Tacos Dorados de Queso or garnish with fresh cilantro and bite-size cubes of your favorite Mexican cheese. Enjoy! 
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  1. my suegra likes to make this and of course her boys eat it up. Maybe I'll make it for hubby! Thx!


  2. Oh yum, I want some of this and I'm not even sick!!! I can't wait to try this. I am so glad I found your blog!!

  3. Hi Leslie. I love your blog, it's so colorful. Fideo is dinner itself. When I was young and my parents had little money, this was food. Fideo, beans, rice, tortillas, and whatever veggies were grown outside. Your fideo looks great. Every time I come here I get hungry. I just came from girliechefs blog and she made tortilla soup. Ayeeeee, tengo hungry.:) Thanks for sharing, have a great Wednesday.

  4. oh so yummy! perfect for a rainy weather, which is what we're having...

  5. Oh yum- total comfort food. My grandma is the only one who ever makes fideo, but we just love it.

  6. oooooh... this I know is some kind of good, think I'm feeling a little sickly all of a sudden, wonder what I could make???

  7. We eat it at our house with avocado, queso fresco, y platano. My kids love it :)

  8. Hola !! Estoy muy contenta de haber encontrado tu blog; y me encantan tus recetas. Sigue adelante y x favor  podrias poner mas recetas de Curesma? gracias desde South Dakota!

  9. Puerto Ricans eat something like this when they have a cold, but they call it sopa de pollo, and they don't saute the noodles. My [Puerto Rican] mom uses chicken, chicken stock, tomato sauce, sweet onions, green and red bell peppers, garlic, and cilantro.

  10. you remember me...I used to print the recipes but have forgot how to do you know....i was able to print just the recipe i wanted not all the other stuff on the side and it was maybe 4 pages, but whatever i'm doing it is from 12 to 16, lol

    please help if you know how, i like all the illustrations when i'm making it

    rita Allen
    Odessa, TX

  11. this is so good. i love every recipe you offer. everyone should try it.