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The Best Sopa de fideo- Mexican Noodle Soup

Sopa de fideo / Mexican Noodle Soup is a filling and savory soup with a robust flavor that you and your family will enjoy. It cooks up in minutes, making it an easy choice for weeknight dinners or as a quick make ahead meal on a Sunday afternoon. Dunk  our Mexican bolillo bread to enjoy every last drop.  You will adore this as a delicious dinner or as a quick lunch on those busy week days.

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Sopa de fideo

What is Fideo Soup or Sopa De Fideo?

"Sopa" is the Spanish word for soup. "Fideo" is the Spanish word for noodle .Put ’em together and you’ve got Mexican noodle soup! Fideo soup is a Mexican noodle soup made with a tomato-based broth  that contains small noodles called fideo or vermicelli. It is popular in several parts of the world, including Mexico. It is a savory, somewhat smoky flavored soup that is perfect for cool fall days or on a cold winter night.

Sopa de fideo - Mexican noodle soup

Why make soup in the Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot was practically made to make soup making easier and faster. It is truly a one pot meal. You can saute onions and other veggies. Cook noodles as the soup cooks. And generally cook most soups in less than 30 minutes. Since we got our Instant Pot, we can’t imagine making soups the old fashioned way!

What you’ll need

If you are making this fideo soup at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Roma or plum tomatoes - the heart of this tasty soup
  • White onion - you could use a yellow onion if that’s what you have on hand
  • Garlic cloves - added flavoring
  • Spices - cumin, paprika, and salt
  • Oil - great for sautéing the noodles and making sure they don’t stick.
  • Fideo noodles (vermicelli noodles)- thick and soaks up the broth when eating.
  • Vegetable stock- adds a great flavorful base.
  • Lime - Just a Squeeze!
  • Fresh cilantro - flavorful seasoning and garnish

How to make Sopa De Fideo in the Instant Pot

It is very easy to make Instant Pot Sopa De Fideo. Here’s how to do it.

Step by step instructions Sopa de fideo

Place the tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth.

Press sauté mode of your Instant Pot. Once it gets hot, add the oil to the inner pot. Next, add the fideo noodles and stir constantly for about 3 to 5 minutes or until they turn golden or light brown in color.

Step by step instructions Sopa de fideo

Pour tomato sauce over the noodles and stir. Let the mixture come to a slight boil. Next, add the  vegetable stock, salt, cumin powder, paprika, and cilantro to noodle mixture and stir. Press cancel and place the lid on the Instant Pot.

Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook for 4 minutes on high pressure. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick-release of the remaining pressure.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Squeeze lime juice into the soup and sprinkle with cilantro as desired. Serve hot .If you want to have fun with toppings, try a few chunks of avocado, some crumbled queso fresco, or even a few tortilla chips

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How to make on the stove top

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can still make this delicious soup on the stove top. Here’s how to do it.

  • Start by blending the onions, tomatoes, and garlic until it is smooth. 
  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and then add the noodles. Stir the noodles constantly as you toast them for about 3 to 5 minutes or until they become golden brown in color. 
  • Pour in the tomato mixture and vegetable broth. Stir it all together and bring the soup up to a light boil. Partially cover and allow the soup to simmer on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes or until the noodles are soft and soup has reduced some. 
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro and lime juice. Serve and enjoy!

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Pro tips and tricks

For best results, follow these tips:

  • Always toast the noodles first. This gives them a delicious extra flavor.
  • Use only roma or plum tomatoes for the best consistency and taste in the soup.
  • Use white or yellow onions, not red or other varieties.
  • Don’t be afraid to season your soup.  If the flavor doesn’t pop, add a bit more salt.
  • Don’t over cook the soup, it only needs 4 minutes and a 5 minute natural release in an electric pressure cooker to be cooked to perfection.
  • As your noodles sit in the broth it will continue to absorb the broth and you will need to add more water / broth when warming up again

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How do I store the soup?

One of the best things about soup is you can make a large pot on the weekends and serve it throughout the week either as dinner or lunch. And with the right containers, you can send them with your family to work or school as a warm lunch on a cool day.

To store, allow the soup to cool to room temperature. Ladle the soup into one large or several individual containers that have an airtight seal. Store the soup for up to about 5 to 6 days in the refrigerator. Reheat either in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or on the stove top over medium low heat.

You can also freeze this soup if you like. To do this, allow it to cool and then ladle into freezer safe containers. Leave a little bit of space between the soup and the top of the container to allow room for it to expand when it freezes. You can freeze it for up to 6 months. When you are ready to serve, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Can I use any other Pasta ?

As for the noodles, you can use whatever you love. We love the lightness of vermicelli noodles/ fideo , but you can throw just about any small pasta into the pot. (Ditalini, Small shells, Elbow)

Is this recipe vegan?

Yes, this recipe is vegan friendly. You should try our other vegan soups.

Is this recipe gluten free?

It can be made gluten free if you use the Asian rice noodle variety of vermicelli it is. If you use the kind of vermicelli found in the Italian section of the grocery store than it will not be.

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Other soup recipes

Soup is a great meal on a cool or cold day. If you want some great ideas of soups you can serve your family, here are some of our favorites:

We also have an entire section devoted to soup recipes that you should check out. You are sure to find something that makes your belly rumble.

 

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Sopa de fideo

Sopa de fideo - Mexican Noodle soup

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Sopa de fideo / Mexican Noodle Soup is a filling and savory soup with a robust flavor that you and your family will enjoy. It cooks up in minutes, making it an easy choice for weeknight dinners or as a quick make ahead meal on a Sunday afternoon. You will adore this as a delicious dinner or as a quick lunch on those busy week days.

Ingredients

  • 4 Roma or plum tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ white onion
  • 2 large clove garlic
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • 6 ounce fideo noodles (vermicelli noodles)
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • salt to taste
  • lime juice , optional for garnish
  • fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

Instructions

Instant - Pot Instructions

  1. Add tomatoes, onion, and garlic to a blender, blend until smooth.
  2. Press sauté mode of your instant pot. When hot add oil in inner steel pot.
    Add fideo noodles and stir constantly until golden light brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Pour tomato - onion mixture. Stir and bring to a slight boil.
  4. Add in the vegetable stock, salt, cumin powder, paprika and cilantro to noodle mixture and stir. Press Cancel.
  5. Pressure cook for 4 minutes on high.
  6. Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick-release remaining pressure.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls squeeze lime juice as desired and garnish with cilantro to serve.
  8. If you want to have fun with toppings, try a few chunks of avocado, some crumbled queso fresco, or even a few tortilla chips

Stove - Top Instructions

  1. Start by blending the onions, tomatoes, and garlic until it is smooth. 
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and then add the noodles.
  3. Stir the noodles constantly as you toast them for about 3 to 5 minutes or until they become golden brown in color.
  4. Pour in the tomato mixture and vegetable broth.Add the salt , cumin powder, paprika and cilantro and Stir it all together and bring the soup up to a light boil.
  5. Partially cover and allow the soup to simmer on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes or until the noodles are soft and soup has reduced some. 
  6. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro and lime juice. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Always toast the noodles first. This gives them a delicious extra flavor.
  • Use only roma or plum tomatoes for the best consistency and taste in the soup.
  • Use white or yellow onions, not red or other varieties.
  • Don’t be afraid to season your soup.  If the flavor doesn’t pop, add a bit more salt.
  • Don’t over cook the soup, it only needs 4 minutes and a 5 minute natural release in an electric pressure cooker to be cooked to perfection.
  • As your noodles sit in the broth it will continue to absorb the broth and you will need to add more water / broth when warming up again

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