Sopa De Fideo Con Carne is an authentic Mexican recipe made of toasted noodles cooked in a tomato base. It’s what Mexican childhoods are made of.
This recipe for sopa de fideo, which simply means Mexican noodles soup, can also be called only “Fideos”. If you ask for Fideos, this is it! Pantry staples and 25 minutes is all you will need.
Pantry staples and only one cup of leftover ground beef (Carne Molida) makes a quick and nourishing meal to comfort the soul and the stomach.
Because I want to make sure this is suitable for kids, I didn’t use any hot spices. It’s the way I had it when I was little. But, these days, I like to add some sriracha sauce. It adds heat and a smoky flavor that I love.
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What is Fideo Pasta?
This easy fideo soup is made with a type of thin pasta, cut into 1 or 1.5″ lengths. It’s thin like vermicelli but can also be made with angel hair pasta.
The word “fideos” simple means noodles in Spanish. Mexican noodle soup is so popular in Mexico. It’s served in almost every household because it’s easy, quick and inexpensive.
Fideo pasta is a pantry staple in our house because it’s perfect for kids. You don’t have to cut up the spaghetti after cooking. Everything is already cut up into nice little pieces, perfect for kids of all ages.
How to Make Your Own Fideos
If you can’t find Fideo pasta, you can easily make it yourself using vermicelli. You can cut or break the pasta into the desired lengths before adding it to the recipe. Just a simple box of spaghetti can be cut up to make fideos.
I’ve used four ounces of fideos for this recipe. Most pasta boxes are one pound. So, this is a half of a half. You don’t want too much or the noodles won’t be easy to saute in the skillet.
Place your spaghetti, vermicelli or angel hair pasta on a clean dish towel. Roll it up and break the pasta running your hand down the length of the towel. You can open up the towel and check it at any time to see if you’ve broken it up enough.
What is Fideo Seco?
Fideo Seco simply means that your sopa de fideo is served dry. The least amount of water is added while cooking. It’s not soup-y.
Whether you like your sopa de fideo soup-y or dry is personal preference. Make it a lot so you can learn your own favorite.
Why Do You Saute Fideos?
When making authentic Mexican sopa de fideo, you start by cooking the pasta in a little oil to saute it. That may sound strange at first, but I’m sure you’ve heard of Rice A Roni which requires the same thing.
When you saute the fideo first, it gets a nice color and keeps the noodles from sticking together.
You already know now that “sopa de fideo” is Spanish for Noodle Soup. So, “sopa de fideo con carne” is Noodle Soup with Meat. In this case, I’ve used “carne molida” which is ground beef. But, you can make it with any meat or chicken or neither.
This traditional Mexican noodle soup can be changed by different additions. It’s a great way to use up leftovers from your refrigerator.
Here are some favorite add-ins.
- cooked, cubed potatoes
- chopped onion
- leftover shredded beef
- shredded chicken
- jalapeno or other green chiles
Once you’re ready to serve, you can add queso fresco, cilantro and crema with a couple of squirts of lime.
More Easy Recipes
Try some other easy recipes:
- Easy Mexican Migas Scrambled Eggs
- Cajun Sausage and Rice
- Gluten Free Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
- Easy Pasta Dinner with Fresh Basil
- Cream of Celery Soup
- Vegan Black Bean Soup
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- Large skillet
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 4 ounce Fideo Pasta, or vermicelli cut into 1.5" pieces
- 1 cup Ground Beef, cooked, drained
- 14.5 ounces Petite Diced Tomatoes
- 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chicken Bouillon, paste, cubed or granules
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- 3 cups Water, divided
- Place vegetable oil in large skillet. Saute fideo pasta over medium heat until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Watch it constantly since it can turn on you quickly. You don't want it to burn.
- Add all remaining ingredients with TWO CUPS water. Stir to combine and continue cooking over medium heat.
- Stirring occasionally, continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes. Add more water, as desired. Continue cooking until fideos have softened. It can take 5-15 minutes more, depending on how long you toasted the fideos. The longer they're toasted, the longer it takes to soften them.
- Serve immediately.
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