Sopa Seca de Fideo(Mexican-Style Pasta)

Sopa de fideo is just one of those Mexican dishes that I identify with and remember enjoying as a child. I still love it! I enjoy this thicker, dry version as well as the soupy version.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings



  • oil
  • 6 oz. fideo pasta
  • 1/4 of a white onion sliced thick
  • 2 cloves of garlic smashed
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from chipotle
  • 3 cups of warm chicken broth
  • 1/3 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • small handful of cilantro


  • Lime wedges
  • Mexican crema
  • Cotija cheese crumbled or grated
  • Cilantro chopped



  1. To a skillet, add 3 tablespoons of oil and heat to medium heat. Add in the fideo pasta and spread out evenly.
  2. After a few minutes the pasta will begin to toast and become aromatic. Stir frequently so it doesn't burn for the next few minutes.
  3. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  4. Blend the tomato sauce with chipotle and adobo sauce. Add to the skillet and stir in gently. Ladle in3 cups of warm chicken broth and stir gently to combine. Stir in cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro on top.
  5. Cook uncovered, stirring gently, now and then until most of the broth has evaporated. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Remove the large pieces of onion and garlic, if you wish. Garnish with lime, crema, queso and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a more soup like sopa de fideo, increase the chicken broth to 4 1/2 to 5 cups of water.