Sopa (Traditional Mexican Soup)

Sopa (Mexican Soup) l by fit, fun & delish! P I N_______I M A G E

Sometimes the best dishes you have in your life are the simple ones that you have eaten since you were a child. The ones you think nobody would care to learn about since they’re not complicated. This is one of those for me. However, this recipe holds a special place in my heart since I learned how to make this from my mom. My mom used to make this for us all the time and she probably had to triple this recipe to feed all 9 of her kids! God bless her. The minute I saw the HUGE pot on the stove I knew something good was coming out of there. As soon as I grew up I had to learn how to make it.

I remember calling her all the time to give me her recipes and as all recipes from our mother’s go, the instructions were, a little bit of this, some of this, a pinch of this, blah, blah, blah. There were no written recipes! I was left on my own to nail the exact flavor my mom used to achieve. Luckily I inherited my mom’s good cooking skills, or so I think, and learned to cook her way pretty quickly 😀

And so I started making this soup as soon as my first born was old enough to eat it. He was about 9 months old! I used to make everything from scratch (including the chicken broth) so to me this was a totally acceptable meal to feed him. He loved it! And ever since, our tradition of eating this soup year round remains in the family.
Sopa (Mexican Soup) l by fit, fun & delish! P I N_______I M A G E

Now that my sons are living on their own (and one likes to cook… yay!), I want to pass down this recipe to them and hopefully one day, they will teach their kids how to make it. I want to make this a family heirloom recipe in my mom’s memory :).

It’s actually a common recipe in Mexico but everybody makes it a little different. They add their own zest if you know what I mean. You may think I’m biased but I have not tasted any other “sopa” as good as this one. I swear!
Sopa (Mexican Soup) l by fit, fun & delish! P I N_______I M A G E

Sopa (Traditional Mexican Soup)
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Fit, Fun & Delish!
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Serves: 3-4
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 (7 ounces) package of mexican pasta. Shells, alphabet, or fideo (or vermicelli noodles, broken into 2″ pieces)
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 beef bullion cube
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • A dash of kosher salt (about 1/8 of teaspoon)
  • A dash of black pepper (about 1/8 of teaspoon)
  1. In a 4-qt. saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the pasta until slightly browned. About 5 minutes.
  2. Add the onions and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the broth, tomato sauce, beef bullion, cilantro, pepper & salt.
  4. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium low; simmer until the noodles are tender, about 15 minutes.

Sopa (Mexican Soup) l by fit, fun & delish! P I N_______I M A G E
Sopa (Mexican Soup) l by fit, fun & delish! P I N_______I M A G E

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  • 06/07/2013 - 5:41 pm

    Samantha - I am so happy I found this, me and my best friend used to make this every weekend and I had forgotten how. Although her mother used to call it sopita but it is identical to what I remember. :)ReplyCancel

    • 06/08/2013 - 9:39 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Samantha! I’m so glad you found this recipe as well! Yes sometimes I call it sopita too LOL! I hope you get to make it! xo,anaReplyCancel

  • 07/03/2013 - 8:53 pm

    Rosa - Love this one con queso fresco sprinkled in!! Mmmm…loving your recipes!!!ReplyCancel

    • 07/04/2013 - 9:03 am

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Never tried it with queso fresco Rosa! I may have to do that next time. Thanks for the idea! Have a happy 4th of July!ReplyCancel

  • 10/26/2013 - 5:08 pm

    michelle l - We grew up on this soup brings back tons of memories. I made it for dinner tonight but added cooked ground beef to it yummy.
    Thanks for sharing

    • 10/26/2013 - 6:21 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Michelle! I’m so glad you got to make it! It is a wonderful dish to grow up with! Great idea on the beef! I also add shredded chicken and/or carrots sometimes. Sooo good! I hope your day is going well :)ReplyCancel

  • 11/20/2014 - 11:58 am

    Crystal Hernandez - I make this for my 5 kids at least once a week. They love it! I add a bit of fresh beans on the side. Reminds me of my Grandmas kitchen :)ReplyCancel

    • 12/03/2014 - 11:08 am

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - That’s great Crystal! I’ve been making this for my kids since they were little and they still love it! It’s a great dish to grow up with. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • 12/03/2014 - 1:47 am

    The Big Soup and Stew Roundup (with meaty and meatless options for #MeatlessMonday) | Spicie Foodie – Spicie Foodie â„¢ - […] Oh My Veggies Winter Greens and Egg Soup | Stracciatella, Aigo Boulido by Gourmand in the Kitchen Sopa (Traditional Mexican Soup) by Fit, Fun & Fresh Apple and Cheddar Cheese Soup by Diethood Carabaccia (Tuscan Onion Soup) by […]ReplyCancel

  • 01/12/2015 - 10:04 am

    Tiffany - Oh, I love sopa! I grew up eating this. When I moved out I forgot how to make this. Now I’m excited I found this recipe. This will bring back childhood memories! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • 01/18/2015 - 10:24 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Tiffany! I’m soooo glad you found this recipe! I think it’s definitely a Mexican comfort food that everyone loves. I hope you get to make it! xoReplyCancel

  • 01/17/2015 - 12:58 pm

    Cisco - I have a similar recipe I got from my Mom! She puts ground cumin in hers!! :)ReplyCancel

    • 01/18/2015 - 10:27 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Cisco! I never thought of putting cumin in this soup… I bet it gives another dimension to the flavors. Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • 01/19/2015 - 4:24 pm

    Albondigas Soup » Fit, Fun & Delish! - […] When I get asked what my family’s one traditional dish is, I always have to say Albondigas. This soup (Mexican Sopa) is very close but since it’s not a complete meal I have to put it in second place. Growing […]ReplyCancel

  • 08/17/2015 - 9:45 pm

    Amy Carroll - Oh my goodness, a friend of mine made us this soup one day and we ate it with flour tortillas rolled up with queso fresco in them. That’s one of my very favorite things to eat now and I am known in my friends and family as a foodie. So happy I found the recipe here!ReplyCancel

    • 09/02/2015 - 8:06 am

      Ana @ Muy Delish - Hi Amy! This makes my heart so happy! I’m so glad you are enjoying this soup. The queso sounds delish! I may have to try it :) Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • 08/26/2015 - 7:25 am

    Nat - What would be a good substitute for the beef bullion if we have non-beef eaters in the house (I know the idea of not eating beef is hard to fathom for me too)?ReplyCancel

    • 09/02/2015 - 8:08 am

      Ana @ Muy Delish - Hi Nat! you can use chicken bullion (it’s always my second option) or tomato bullion as a last resort but it won’t be the same. I hope you like it! xoReplyCancel

  • 11/17/2015 - 7:50 am

    Kevin - Saute the raw pasta? Am I reading that right?ReplyCancel

    • 11/17/2015 - 9:29 am

      Ana @ Muy Delish - Hi Kevin!

      You got it right! Sauté the raw pasta. That process will stop the pasta from becoming to mushy once is cooked :)


  • 01/26/2016 - 5:36 pm

    Jessica - This is delicious! My boyfriend’s grandmother used to make it for him when he was little. I found this recipe over a year ago and make it quite often! I add shredded chicken usually. Tonight I’m throwing some meatballs in it! Can’t wait. Thank youReplyCancel

    • 02/10/2016 - 10:43 pm

      Ana @ Muy Delish - Wow never thought of meatballs in this soup but I’m sure it’s a great combo! I may have to try that too. Thanks so much Jessica!ReplyCancel

  • 02/08/2016 - 5:53 pm

    Lorens - I couldn’t contact my mom to ask her how she makes her soup so I started making it on my own and then I found this recipe and realized I had got it right! So simple yet so delicious. Thank you for confirming my doubts.ReplyCancel

    • 02/10/2016 - 10:40 pm

      Ana @ Muy Delish - hi Lorens! I’m so happy to hear this! Now you get to make your own soup whenever you want. Thanks so much for stopping by :)ReplyCancel

  • 03/19/2016 - 11:29 am

    Kathy - This is absolutely delicious. My father in law use to make it for my daughter when she was little. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • 07/15/2016 - 11:20 am

    Turkey - I love my mother’s fideo and am still waiting for her to write the recipe down for me.
    I believe your recipe is similar to hers, but I think she adds garlic to it and uses Roma tomatoes.
    I’m glad to see you use the Knorr chicken broth, instead of the canned kind which I see in a lot of recipes for this.

    I’ve looked at several recipes and yours is the first that’s traditional enough for it to be pinned.ReplyCancel

  • 10/20/2016 - 10:47 am

    Kathy - Can you put pieces of meat as well when you’re browning the noodles? I would like to make this but with pieces of meat.. please help me.ReplyCancel

  • 01/26/2017 - 2:18 pm

    Jamey Schropp - Thank you! My fiancé was sick and asked me to make this. I had never had it so I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to taste like. He said it was perfect! So thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • 08/03/2017 - 8:20 am

    Pedro Ponce - What brand of shells do you use to make this? I’m planning on making this tommorows and want to make sure I get the right kind of shellsReplyCancel

  • 11/14/2017 - 2:49 pm

    Mary Garcia - Hi Ana, first let me say that is is the very first time I have ever commented on anything. This touched my heart because of the fact this is the exact why i make sopa. Yes, I would make it for my kids when they were little. This is one of the things my Mom taught me how to make. My twin boys, who are now 49yrs. liked it the most. My two daughters. ech… My son from LA now makes it for his two daughters and they do like it. I make the shell and the fideo one quite often. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • 12/27/2017 - 4:36 pm

    Elaine - This seems like the white version of sopitas. If you want a more traditional spanish style as it should be, add a bit of cumin or fideo seasoning and skip the cilantro. Also to make a more hearty sopa, mix with ground beef.ReplyCancel

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