Fideos is the Spanish name for vermicelli, thin noodles often used in Italian cooking.

Vermicelli Soup

2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 c. vermicelli noodles, uncooked and broken into small pieces
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
3 tbsp. tomato purée
2 1/2 15-oz. cans (about 5 c.) beef or vegetable broth
1/2 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese or white cheddar cheese


1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add noodles, fry until light brown, then remove.

2. In the same oil, sauté onion until soft. Add tomato purée and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

3. Combine noodles, broth, and purée in a large pan and simmer until noodles are tender (6 to 8 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes
Serves 4

Easy to make, sopa de fideos can warm you up on a chilly day. Try it with a side of calabacitas y elote.