How To Make Fideo: Recipe and Tips

Sopa de fideo is a flavorful and comforting dish that is easy to make and can be served as an appetizer, side dish or even a main course. Use this guide to learn more about fideo and how to make it at home with the help of a stand mixer and pasta roller.

What is fideo?

Sopa de fideo is a noodle soup found in Mexican, Spanish and Tex-Mex cuisine that features flavors like tomato, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and cumin. The shining star of the dish is the thin, angel hair-like pasta that helps to make this soup hearty and satisfying.

Sopa de fideo recipe

There’s nothing more satisfying on a chilly day than enjoying a bowl of homemade soup packed with warm spices and flavors. You can make this recipe even tastier by creating the pasta for your soup from scratch. 

Read on below to learn how to use your KitchenAid® stand mixer and the Pasta Roller and Cutter Attachment1 to make sopa de fideo pasta using the capellini cutter. The first step to a delicious sopa de fideo recipe is to toast the fideo which requires dried pasta. You should plan to create the pasta 24 hours before you plan to serve your meal to give it time to dry.

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  • 4 servings


  • Garlic

  • Tomato sauce

  • White onion

  • Neutral cooking oil, like vegetable or grapeseed

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Cumin

  • Water

  • Eggs

  • Flour

  • Salt

Prep Time
  • 1 hour

Cook Time
  • 30 minutes
Total Time
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes

Dough inside the mixing bowl of a red KitchenAid® stand mixer

Step 1: Make the pasta dough

Add flour to your stand mixer bowl, then crack the eggs in the center of the flour and add salt. Attach the Flat Beater to your stand mixer and mix until the ingredients have fully combined. 


Once your dough is mixed, attach the Dough Hook and knead until the dough forms a ball. Let the pasta dough rest for 30 minutes.

Long noodles being cut by a KitchenAid® stand mixer with the Pasta Roller Attachment

Step 2: Roll and cut the pasta

After you have let your ball of dough rest for 30 minutes, divide the ball into four sections. Attach the Pasta Roller Attachment and turn your stand mixer on to speed 2. Flatten each section of dough with your hands before feeding it through the pasta roller at least 3 times, folding it in half between each roll. 

Swap the Roller for the capellini cutter and feed each sheet of pasta dough through to create the thin strands sopa de fideo is known for. Cut the pasta into short pieces, then  toss the strands with a small amount of flour. Lay the strands of pasta in a single layer on a baking sheet or clean cloth towel to dry for 12–24 hours until it is dry enough to toast.

Pasta boiling in a pot

Step 3: Prep ingredients and toast pasta

Add oil to your pan and heat on medium, then add your fideo to the pot. Toast the pasta in the oil for about five minutes while stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Dice the garlic and white onions to prep for the soup.

Bowl of sopa de fideo topped with fresh herbs, avocado slices and a breadstick

Step 4: Add the rest of your ingredients to the pot

Add in the water, tomato sauce, garlic, onions and seasonings to the pot of noodles and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for 25 minutes or until the ingredients have come together and thickened. Serve the soup and add toppings like avocado, shredded cheese or sliced green onion.

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What are fideo noodles?

Fideo is a thin pasta that is used in Mexican, Spanish and Tex-Mex recipes. The thickness of fideo closely resembles a spaghetti or capellini noodle, but it is typically shorter in length.

Is there a substitute for fideo noodles?

You can substitute fideo with spaghetti or capellini noodles as they are similar styles of pasta. To make these replacements more like traditional fideo, break the pasta into shorter pieces before adding it to your soup.

Are there different flavors or varieties of fideo?

The flavors and ingredients of sopa de fideo can vary depending on the cultural influences behind the dish. Some recipes use crushed red pepper flakes while others add heat with chili or cayenne pepper. Other variations add beans, meatballs or chicken to add protein and texture to the soup.

Can I make fideo in advance?

It is recommended to make the fideo pasta at least one day ahead to give it time to fully dry. The rest of the recipe is best enjoyed when it’s freshly made, but you can prepare this meal in advance and store it in an airtight container. This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3–4 days.

What can I serve with fideo?

You can serve sopa de fideo as an appetizer, side dish or main entree depending on the portion size. Because of this, fideo can be paired with a variety of entrees like Grilled Ribeye with Chimichurri and Chicken Fajitas or side dishes like Green Papaya Salad Wraps and Root Vegetable Fries.

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