Sopa de fideo

Sopa de fideo, also referred to as sopita de fideo,[1] is a stock-based noodle soup that is a part of the cuisines of Spain, Mexico, and Cavite, a province in the Philippines. It has been suggested that the dish may have originated in Spain.

Sopa de fideo with corn and chicken, garnished with avocado and a lime wedge


The definition of the Spanish word "sopa" is "soup".[2] However, sopas also constitute side dishes that are a part of Mexican-American cuisine.[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2]


Sopa de fideo

Sopa de fideo is a stock-based noodle soup in Tex-Mex fusion cuisine.[4][5][6] Fideo means noodle, usually used in the plural fideos to mean vermicelli. The noodles used in the soup are typically thin, and are typically broken or cut and then browned separately prior to being stewed with the other soup ingredients.[4][5][7][8] Fideo noodles, a type of thin pasta, are traditionally used, vermicelli noodles are often used, and angel hair pasta is also sometimes used.[4][5][9] Fideo noodles are sold at some Latin grocery stores.[9] Additional soup ingredients can include vegetables such as bell pepper, onion and garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken, chili peppers, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.[4][8]

Sopa de fideo can be an affordable soup to prepare that is flavorful and provides considerable nourishment.[10][11] Some people consider it to be a comfort food.[8][12][13]


The sopa de fideo originates in Spain where it is commonly consumed throughout the country.[13][14] For example, residents of Cavite, Philippines, were first introduced to the soup by Spaniards in the 1600s.[13] It has been described as a comfort food of Cavite.[13] The Handbook of Mexican American Foods published by the Intercultural Development Research Association in 1982 describes sopa de fideo as a Spanish-style vermicelli and as "vermicelli prepared in the same manner as sopa de arroz".[14]

See also


  1. "Sopas are side dishes that accompany many a Mexican-American meal. The word is defined as soup, but there are many sopa dishes that are pasta: sopa de fideo has as its base a thin vermicelli, sautéed and usually flavored with tomato sauce and onion.[2]
  2. "Sopa – Side dish consisting of rice (sopa de arroz, comparable to Spanish rice) or pasta (sopa de fideo) that is fried and then cooked in consomme; may also contain tomatoes."[3]


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  2. West, J.O. (2005). Mexican-American Folklore. American Folklore Series. August House. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-87483-059-0. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  3. Algert, S.J.; Ellison, T.H. (1989). Mexican American Food Practices, Customs, and Holidays. Ethnic and Regional Food Practices a Series. American Dietetic Association. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-88091-048-4. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
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  7. Bittman, M. (2011). How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-544-18695-8. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  8. Bechtol, Ron (December 12, 2016). "Searching for Fideo Loco and Its Delicious Variations in SA – Flavor". San Antonio Current. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  9. "Make Eva Longoria's own Mexican recipes at home!". CBS News. April 6, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  10. Bennett, Sarah (April 29, 2015). "Drink New-Wave Micheladas and Eat Fancy Fideos at Colonia Publica". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  11. Hallock, Jeremy (June 15, 2016). "Keeping It Real with Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin at Mis Cazuelas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  12. Roterman, Natalie (October 25, 2015). "11 Delicious Recipes To Celebrate World Pasta Day". Latin Times. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  13. "Midnight Express: Get a taste of Cavite's onde-onde and sopa de fideo". GMA News Online. November 11, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  14. Gleason, C.J.; Jaquez, J. (1982). Handbook of Mexican American foods: recipes, nutritional analysis, diabetic exchanges, and common practices. Intercultural Development Research Association. pp. 16, 49. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
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