Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sopa de Fideos con Pollo Receta / Mexican Vermicelli Soup with Chicken and Vegetables

Who doesn’t have a favorite soup? A soup that takes you back to a special place or time. A soup that makes you think about that particular person that prepares it specially for you. Or a soup that makes you feel well and even happy!
This soup takes me back to my childhood when coming back from school my mom was waiting for us with a” Sopa de Fideo”. I know, it is some of the most humble dishes of our everyday Mexican cuisine but it is one that will show up in so many homes across the country. Like the “Chicken Noodle Soup” in America.

I haven’t cooked this soup in a long time until I saw my friend Nora posting it on her blog. I even made it twice in a week! Just using the veggies I had on hand like carrots, zucchini, chayote, spinach, or whatever is deep down in your refrigerator’s vegetables drawer.

Here are the ingredients:
8 Servings
3 Cups of cooked shredded chicken or cut in cubes
8 cups of chicken stock
8 ounces of Vermicelli
2 small diced carrots (About 1 1/4 cup)
1 diced zucchini (About 1 cup)
1 diced Chayote (about 1 1/2 cup)
1 Small diced potato ( 6 1/2 ounces)
2 Tomatoes, chopped /10 ounces/3cups
2 Garlic cloves
1/4 of an Onion finely diced/2 ounces/About 1/2 cup
2 Tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil
1 cup of water
Salt to taste and freshly ground black pepper
Some finely Chopped Cilantro to garnish or just the springs
Lemon Wedges, for serving
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1. Prepare all your ingredients dicing the vegetables.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil in your soup pot at medium heat.
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3. Add the Vermicelli and lightly stir fry it. This will take a couple of minutes. Remove and place in a separate plate.
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4. Add the other tablespoon of oil to the pot and add the carrots. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes, onion, chayote and zucchini. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking place the tomato and the garlic cloves in the blender with the cup of water and blend until smooth.
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5. Add the tomato-garlic mixture to the pot and stir. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
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6. Add the Vermicelli and simmer for 3 more minutes. Vermicelli cooks very fast.

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7. Stir in the chicken and simmer until the Vermicelli is tender. Season with salt and pepper.
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8. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro an a squeeze of lemon juice if desire.
¡Buen provecho!

And now, tell me: What is your favorite soup?


  1. Those colors and flavors just pop!

  2. Wow - everytime you post, it's like a trip to my mother's kitchen. I loved her fideo! Thanks for the memory.

  3. mmm me encanta sopa de fideo! my mom also makes it with carne an frijoles en bola y queso fresco!

  4. Mely - My favorite soup is caldo de papas but fideo soup is right behind! Like you mentioned, sopa de fideo is in every Mexican childhood's memories. I ate this a lot as a child and I still like to eat it as an adult. My mom used to prepare it with chicken broth and sometimes with vegetables but never with chicken meat. Yours looks amazing! I would definitely prepare it this way for my sisters!

  5. hay que rico :) una de mis sopas favoritas...con o sin verdura tambien :) gracias por compartir Mely :)

  6. ¡Qué buena! Esta sopa lo cura todo: resfriados, tristezas, nostalgias y el frío del invierno. La tuya no solo es rica, sino que también tiene una presentación magnífica. Muchas gracias!


  7. Hi! Belinda, you are right is a very colorful soup. ☺

    Hello Maria,
    That is the idea, to revive the food of our childhood.

    Hola Barbie, I also love adding blended black beans to the fideos with top it cheese.

    Hola Prieta, I do hope you cook it. Just check that this soup makes a lot.

    Gracias por visitar Chocoroll.

    Hola En Cintura, me encanto tu comentario.

    Have a blessed day full of happiness. ☹

  8. Se me olvido poner la respuesta a tu pregunta :) Mi sopa favorita es el pozole, aun que pozole es mas una comida que sopa :) Lo hice este sabado...si quieres te invito a mi blog para que me digas que piensas sobre mi pozole :) saludos :)


  9. very comforting looking soup, although i rarely make soup as hubby isnt a big fan of soups :). I like big hearty soups :)

  10. That soup looks so good! I love my home-made chicken and vegetable soup. After a long hot summer, the first cool down of fall that is what I make. I am going to make a note of your soup. Gotta give it a try. Thanks.

  11. Mely, this soup looks amazing. The colors are just beautiful. I wish I had a bowl of this right now. I can't seem to shake this sinus stuff and I know a nice bowl of chicken soup would help. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  12. Mely,

    Soup looks awesome do you think i can make just with veggies as I don't eat meat. Thinking of spicing up with chili powder too.

  13. Mi sopa favorita es la sopa de tortilla, pero me encantaría probar esa sopita de fideos Mely.

    A que hora es la cena? ;-)

  14. Hi Swanthi,
    Yes, you can make it just with the veggies. Some people cook just the Vermicelli with the tomato and the broth mixture.


  15. Hey! Flavio
    Puedes venir cuando quieres pero tu traes el pan.


  16. A great recipe- a bowl full of comfort n nutrition!

    US Masala

  17. This looks SO good! My favorite soup takes me back to my childhood,too... my mother's Portuguese Kale Soup. Have a great day, Mely!

  18. I love sopa de fideo,I had forgotten about it.
    yours looks so good and colorful.
    thanks for posting this recipe.

  19. wow...love all the flavors going in this soup !delicious!

  20. Fideos soup is a favorite of the hubby's, too. Your version has my mouthwatering...sounds delicious.

  21. Aquí es la preferida de mi marido y cuando es seca mejor... deliciosa !!

  22. Me encanta la sopa de fideos, es mi favorita, cada que la preparo me acuerdo de mi Abue pues ella me enseño a cocinarla, aunque ya hace rato que no la hago...me hiciste sentir nostalgia. Gracias Mely, por compartir tu receta :)

  23. Oooh Mely, I love this soup! Se ve exquisita y con esos fideitos Vermicelli...Mmm que rico. Es verdad, por que sera que la sopa nos conecta con la infancia, no? Te mando besotes y feliz que estes de vuelta:)

    Great recipe!


  24. Looks very health, fresh and so heavenly! going try this very soon. thanks

    Cheers from dutch cooking

  25. Thank you all for your lovely comments.

    I hope you have a great weekend!


  26. With this on again, off again Spring weather a comforting soup like this would be the perfect way to spice up our day!!

  27. love love fideo, one of the most comforting bowls you oculd ever have!! beside estrellitas, fideo is my fav!!


  28. Hi Mely,
    What a beautiful Chicken and Vegetable soup. I can just smell all of those wonderful flavors simmering away on top of the stove. I sure wish I had a bowl of this soup for my lunch. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  29. Oh Mely, now I have a new soup fave. It used to be Minestrone....

  30. hey mely! what i used is a primer called too faced shadow insurance its about 18$ but it keeps your shadow all day long its good if you have sweaty or oily eye lids!

  31. lovely soup Mely always enjoy your soups thanks for traveling with me hugs Rebecca

  32. Ahh, qué entrañable receta, qué memoriosa sopa Mely, nada más rico que eso para apaciguar un hambre canina.
    Pero ¿sabes qué Mely?, hace tanto calor que ya casi no hago sopas, por lo pronto la añoranza y gusto por probarla continúan.
    Te mando mi cariño

  33. Mely, I love this!! I haven't had fideos in a long time. As usual, looks delicious!!

  34. Yo no tengo una sopa favorita, "todas" las sopas y caldos me gustan, incluso en verano y con buen tiempo.
    Estos vermicelli se ven deliciosos.

  35. Hola Hilda,

    Cuando a uno le gusta la comida es dificil decidirse por cual es el favorito, verdad? :)

    Hola Carmen,

    Aqui el calor todavia no se asoma, saludos guapa!

    Hello Paula & Skip

    I think this soup could be consider as the Mexican minestrone.

    Hi, Diana,

    Thank you for your visit.

    I hope everyone is enjoying the weather.


  36. WOW! So glad I came across your wonderful blog! New follower!
    - Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.blogspot.com

  37. It looks so earthy and full of flavors! I always enjoy a tasty soup! Mely, I enjoy reading your blog so much that I am giving you an award. You can retrieve it here: http://www.manusmenu.com/tuna-dip-antipasto-di-tonno

  38. Mely I just love fideo. At home on the ranch, that's what we made. alla en el rancho grande. Tee hee. The good thing about fideo is that it's still very reasonable. Thanks for sharing you beautiful bowl of fideo. Have a great weekend.

  39. Hello, I am featuring this great recipe on my Wednesday and wanderings! Thanks so much.

  40. This is my all time favorite meal I mean it can be a meal to me in fact it just inspired me to got ot the kitchen and make the dish, our family has a little differant version we use the spun Vermicelli and we fry it first .but your sounds very good I will try it Now!
    Thanks Chefernesto`

  41. Hello Ernesto,

    It is a great main dish as well. It just need some warm tortillas, roll them up and dip them in the broth. I also fry the vermicelli first.



  42. What a great soup, I love how versatile this is, and how healthy. Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  43. I just tweeted this soup as one of my favorites from Sunday Night Soup Night! Thanks for linking up and hope to see you again soon :)

    1. Thanks a lot for the Tweet.

      Looking forward to Sunday.


  44. Hi Mely
    I'm making this recipe today! We had the Napales with Charizo last night for the second time.It has become a favorite of my husband who is from Veracruz, MX. Last night I served it with warm flour tortillas, a side of white rice, and avocado. It was a big hit, the second time around as well as the first!!I like mine with a dollop pf sour cream.
    Yesterday, I also boiled up 5 chicken thighs(added salt, onion,garlic to pot) to make something today with them. But I wasn't sure what I was going to make.I was going to make Chicken Tinga, but decided to make your Fido soup instead.I've made Fido soup before, my husband and I like it, I haven't made it in a while. I am a big fan of chayotes and have never used them in my Fido soup. I HAVE used them in beef soup and stew. Today,I'm following your recipe! I've also 'pined' it on Pinterest!
    Thanks So Much, Mely!

  45. It's cooking now..smells so delicious, can't wait to try it!! I've made Fido Soup before but never Mely's, I'm sure it will become another of Mely's favorites around here!

  46. Hello Shell,

    And thank you for your kind comments, it is good to know this recipe is working for the many readers that stop by this blog. Your comments also helps readers to decide on trying a recipe.

    Please follow us in facebook where I post pictures of my cooking during the week.



    PS. My mom is from Veracruz too.

  47. Ran across your blog and I found it very impressive , especially this Sopa de fideos, I do a very close recipe, as a Illinois raised Mexican, we had this often I did a version and submitted it to a cookbook and got big favorable responses , my great aunt from Corpus Christy Texas was a big inspiration in my life. I am a chef been one for 42 years did my study in Long Beach California, you have a great list of recipes.
    Chili Colorado is my favorite.
    Chef Ernesto`

    1. Thank you! Ernesto for taking the time to write about your cooking experience. I must have a great repertory of recipes yourself.

      Happy cooking!



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