Sopa de Letras

Sopa de Letras Recipe -

If one food could be described as true Mexican comfort food, it would definitely be Sopa de Pasta. It is one of the first "real" foods introduced to babies in most Mexican homes. My Grandmother used to prepare a different sopa de pasta every day of the week. I have no idea how many times I've made sopa for my hubby and kiddies. Sopa de pasta isn't just for kids, adults love it too.

Sopa de Pasta is known as just sopa, or sopa de fideo, sopa de letras, sopa de estrellitas, depending on what type of pasta is used. A wide variety of pastas can be used such as elbow macaroni, shells, alphabet, or stars. I suggest that you use the smaller sized pasta. The most popular Sopa de Pasta is Sopa de Fideo, which is prepared using vermicelli. (For this recipe I used alphabet pasta but substitute it for the pasta of your choice.)

Sopa (de Pasta)
Mexican Pasta


  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 or 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup small dried pasta

Puree tomatoes, onion and chicken bouillon with 3 cups of water: set aside. In medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat: add pasta and saute until pasta turns a light golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Carefully pour puree mixture into saucepan: season with a pinch of salt. (DO NOT STIR AFTER THIS POINT.) Once your sopa begins to boil, taste the tomato broth: season with more salt, if necessary. Cover saucepan and reduce heat to low. Let sopa simmer until all liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!!!

Sopa de Letras -

*Sopa de pasta is great served on it's own or as a side dish!

With Love,
Leslie Limon


  1. I love the background and stories w your recipes. I'm actually making this for lunch today.

  2. I was referred to your page by Amanda, I really love your recipes. I have cooked alot of them. Everyone could not believe that I cooked the bistec con papas by myself. I am a beginner at mexican food. Anyway I really LOVE your blog.

  3. Thanks for the sopa recipe. My grandma used to make fideo all the time when I was young. We'd eat that in one of her homemade flour tortillas. Oh so good! My esposo has attempted fideo in the past and it never turns out quite right. We'll have to try your recipe, with a bit of garlic and see how it goes.

  4. couldn't remember how to make this but looked online to jog my memory and while I haven't tried your recipe it sounds yummy! I know my mom would always add tomato sauce and a little cilantro. This will always be one of the best mexican comfort foods around! While some people use the conchas (stars), fideos, or estrellas (stars) MY favorite was always the letras or alphabets! YUM!

  5. I love sopita de conchas! It definitely is a Mexican comfort food and so inexpensive to make. I like your recipe with the fresh tomato puree. I usually use canned tomato sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and a can of chicken broth. Looking forward to trying your recipe!

  6. This is a flash from the past, I used to eat this when I was a youg girl. My mom used to make this all the time for us. it was soooo delicious. I had bought some estrellitas a few months back. Found them today while looking for something to eat, havent been grocery shopping since my husband has been doing much of the cooking lately, (due to my not so fun first trimester of pregnancy) I made it for lunch today and it is DELICIOSO! just like my mama used to make. Thank YOU!

  7. I love when food evokes so many wonderful memories. I'm so glad you enjoyed your sopa de estrellitas. :) I made some today for my Hubby, who isn't feeling too good.

  8. Stumbled upon your site & I made this today ..... total hit with my kids and adults! :D Keeping this receipe!

  9. Why don't you stir after that point?

    1. Hi Malice! The main reason we stop stirring after that point is so that we don't break up the pasta, which if over-stirred could change the consistency of the dish. :)

  10. Yum made this,an threw in some broccoli and leftover shredded rotisserie chicken (: