If you’re looking for a dish that works as a soup, a side, or a main course, you can’t go wrong with fideo. The traditional Mexican dish has a comforting nostalgia factor, thanks to the warm broth and flavorful noodles. Recipe developer Jaime Shelbert put together this recipe, and she loves how easy it is to make for a quick dinner, noting that it’s also “super customizable.” She teases the many possibilities: “You can add any vegetables you have on hand and even stir in cheese and herbs of choice.”
You start the recipe by toasting the noodles, which not only adds warmth to the dish, but also sets fideo apart from other pastas or soups. Whether you want to make a meal that reminds you of your childhood or you want to try out a versatile new recipe, fideo is there for you. And, considering this recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes, it’s a remarkably convenient recipe to have in your back pocket, too!
Because fideo is a noodle-based dish, you’ll need some pasta — specifically, angel hair pasta. “I used traditional angel hair noodles and broke them myself,” Shelbert explains. “You can actually buy fideo pasta, which is basically pre-cut spaghetti.” Aside from the pasta, you’ll need olive oil, dried oregano, minced garlic, vegetable broth, and a can of diced tomatoes, and if you so choose, some toppings, like cilantro, lime juice, or cheese.
Shelbert does note that there’s room for some ingredient additions and swaps. “You can use chicken broth and even throw in bay leaves during cooking,” she notes. She also says you can use fresh, cut-up tomatoes instead of canned ones — about 2 cups worth.
To get started on this recipe, first add the olive oil to a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Break the pasta down into 1- to 2-inch pieces, then add them to the pot. Sauté the noodles for about 5 minutes, until they become golden brown and toasty.
With the pasta nice and toasted, you can continue to build the fideo. Add the oregano and garlic to the pot with the noodles and stir for about a minute, or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Pour in the broth and tomatoes and crank the heat up to high. Once you reach a boil, lower the heat and maintain a low boil, for about 4 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked and tender. Give your soup a little taste test and add salt if needed.
Your easy fideo is now ready for serving! Simply ladle the soup into bowls, and optionally add Shelbert’s recommended toppings of cilantro, lime, or cheese. “You can serve this with a quesadilla or grilled cheese,” Shelbert suggests, adding that you could also pair it with tortilla chips and guacamole. If you happen to have leftovers, you’re in luck — Shelbert says you can store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days (though you may want to store the cooked pasta separately from the broth to avoid super-mushy noodles). That means that you can easily reheat and enjoy this easy fideo all week long!