Comfort Food Classics: Sopa de Fideo Seco {She Made / Ella Hace}

This month, for She Made / Ella Hace, Heather (Girlichef) suggested we share one of my favorite classic Mexican dishes: Sopa de Fideo.  Yes, I know that I've already shared my recipe for a soupy version, but there's more than one way to prepare this comforting sopa.

When I was growing up, there wasn't a week that I didn't eat Sopa de Fideo.  On weekends or rainy afternoons, my grandpa would prepare his soupy Sopa de Fideo.   And at least once a week, Gramm made a drier version called Sopa de Fideo seco.  To be honest, it was just like any other Sopa de Pasta, but Gramm added a little something extra to make it really stand out...lots and lots of shredded cheese, that would melt it's way into every bite of tomato-y pasta.  It was the only thing I wanted to eat when I was a little girl, and all these years later, it continues to be one of my favorites.

Sopa de Fideo Seco -

Sopa de Fideo (seco) 


  • 7 oz. dried fideo noodles (about 1-1/2 cups) 
  • 2 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 dried chiles de arbol, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used queso fresco

Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Saute the fideo noodles, stirring constantly (to prevent the noodles from burning), until the noodles turn a deep golden brown.

Add the tomato, onion, garlic, and arbol chilies; continue to saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to low.  Slowly pour in the chicken broth and tomato sauce.  Stir to combine; season lightly with salt.  (You can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.) 

Cover the skillet and let the Sopa de Fideo simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from heat.  Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the cooked Sopa de Fideo.  Cover and let the residual heat melt the cheese.  (About 5 minutes.)


Sopa de Fideo Seco Recipe -

Be sure to visit Girlichef to check out her Sopa de Fideo!



  1. Mmmm...I love this version! Look at all of the beautiful melty cheese enveloping the fideo. Definitely comfort food at its finest! Thank you so much for always inspiring cooking with you, my friend :D

  2. I've not made this before, but it looks delicious! I'm wondering if you meant "tomato paste" instead of "tomato sauce", since paste usually comes in 6 oz cans, and sauce usually comes in larger cans. The results would be very different, I think. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Philip! Thank you so much for pointing out my mistake. I meant an 8oz. can of tomato sauce, not a 6oz. can. Guess I better start using my glasses! :)

  3. Mmmm! I love sopa de fideo! My grams made the soupy version. So comforting ;)

  4. My husband loves this when he is sick.

  5. I could eat that whole bowl :)

  6. oh I love this but have never made it! I have had it at a Mexican restaurant and always wanted to try it. Thanks!!!

  7. This looks amazing Leslie, can you believe I have never had sopa seca. only the brothy version. with the melted cheese over the top~ yum!

  8. My mom makes this with homemade flour tortillas so