Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

I put Sopa in the title because that is what my mom calls it and I'm not sure if there is a better name for this dish. It is a wonderful side dish and I just made it a few moments ago and I had to share. You can use almost any type of pasta.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil in a 2 qt sauce pan.
  2. Put the uncooked pasta, onions and garlic in 2 qt sauce pan.
  3. Stir regularly until onions become translucent and pasta has brown spots on it where it has fried.
  4. Put tomato sauce and salt in sauce pan.
  5. Put enough water in saucepan to cover pasta completely but not too much.
  6. Stir then cover saucepan and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Uncover saucepan and let water cook down until sauce nearly disappears, stirring ocassionally.
  8. Once the liquid has mostly disappeared, sprinkle with cheese, take off heat and cover with lid so cheese can melt.


Most Helpful

This is true Mexican-American comfort food! You can make it with vermicelli and it's called Fideo. Make it with little shells and it's called Conchitas. My grandma has made this forever and she taught me to make it. Be careful when browning the pasta. It can burn very quickly.

Nanita November 13, 2005

I learned this dish from my mexican friend when I was a teenager.And I loved it! Simple and easy comfort food.Spicy& delicious (I use the brand EL PATO its salsa de jalapeno,its a green and yellow small can with a picture of a duck) and parmesano cheese!Thanks for the recipe!YUM

Rachel L. July 31, 2015

I made this last night and it tastes just like the sopa at a Mexican restaurant near my house. Delicious!

hungrykitten May 19, 2008

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