Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)
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Sopa de Fideo or Mexican Noodle Soup was something my husband grew up eating as a kid. His mom use to make it for him and his 5 siblings, yup, I said 5 siblings! I bow down to her and all that she did raising 6 children. I can’t even imagine. His mom loves to make it for our boys. They gobble up this soup! Of course she loves that and will often have a batch ready when we visit.
Of course, I had to ask my mother in law how to make it. I was nervous when I made it for the first time. Although it’s simple, I wanted to make sure to get it right. Luckily the boys approved right away. I wouldn’t say my boys are picky eaters but they are typical kids who would eat the same food all the time. You know, pizza, pasta, chicken, macaroni and cheese. When I find something they like, especially all 3 of them, I try to include it in my rotation.
I love this soup for many reasons. First, it is a traditional Mexican Soup that will live on in our family. The boys like that their papi ate this soup as a kid too. When I first made Fideo the boys were asking their papi all sorts of questions about when he was a kid. It’s a nice way to discuss family traditions and just be a family! We are so busy I feel like we don’t get as many of those moments as I would like. I relish those times. Second, it is super easy to make! My boys like it as is, but you can make it a bit heartier by adding veggies or chicken. Third, the kids can help make this with me.
I love to have them in the kitchen with me. Each of them started cooking with me as soon as they could grasp a measuring cup or spoon. These are good life lessons for my boys. Including how to measure, reading the recipe, taking turns, and safety in the kitchen, just to name a few. My hope is they will find a love for cooking and if not they will at least know how to make a few things for themselves and CLEAN UP by the time they are out of the house!
My oldest makes scrambled eggs for us on the weekend. He loves it and gets so excited to make breakfast. You can see the pride in his face when we all sit down to eat. Obviously, things get super messy but what fun is life without a little messiness. Especially, when it comes with having fun and teaching some life lessons along the way.
Since I am all about simple, Fideo is a great recipe to have in the house any time of year. It is great for lunch or dinner or as a snack. I will give it to the boys after practice or games.
2 Tablespoons of oil (vegetable,canola or olive is fine)
1/2 medium white onion, chopped (spanish onion is fine too)
8 ounces fideo noodles (angel hair or thin spaghetti works – cut into 1 inch pieces)
2 cloves garlic (minced or chopped finely)
14.5 ounces (just under 2 cups) tomato sauce (You can use from a can/carton or roast some yourself and puree)
8 cups of chicken broth (use vegetable broth if you want to keep it vegetarian)
salt and pepper to taste
Toppings: cilantro, avocado, queso fresco
Add ins: chicken (keep it simple-use a rotisserie chicken from your local market) or veggies
If your kiddos don’t like onion you can puree them and add to the tomato sauce. That way you get the flavor but not onion chunks. Or, place large chunks of onion in the pot and spoon them out once the Fideo is done cooking.
If you don’t have Chicken or Veggie broth you can use water and chicken bouillon.
If you are going to add rotisserie chicken or veggies add them when you add the broth.
- In a large pot heat oil on medium heat.
- Add garlic and onion. Cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add Fideo noodles to oil, onion and garlic. Stirring continuously so they don’t burn. You want the noodles to be a nice golden brown color. (approx 3 minutes)
- Add the tomato sauce and cook for about 1 minute. Continue to stir.
- Add the Chicken broth. If you are adding chicken or veggies you can add now. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down and cover. Simmer for approximately 8 minutes just until the noodles are tender.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
That’s it! Super simple and so delicious!
Another note: The noodles soak up a ton of liquid. Add more broth if needed. I let the fideo cool and store in the fridge. When I reheat it I almost always add some chicken broth. So yummy! Enjoy!