One Pot Fideo Pasta Bowls
This one-pot pasta bowl uses all the Mexican flavors of a traditional Fideo recipe in a hearty dish. Throw in the slow cooker or instant pot (stove top recipe also included!)
- Ingredients: 1 Cup ground beef or better than beef soy protein crumbles
- 1 Can white beans drained and rinsed (Optional)
- 2 Cups pasta of choice Gluten free if needed
- 6 oz. Can tomato sauce Or the smallest you can find
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder and onion powder
- 2 Cups broth or water and bullion
- Seasoning salt to taste
- Garnish: Green onions
Stove top: Brown ground beef/soy protein with garlic and onion powder. Add remaining ingredients, bring to boil. Reduce to simmer, cover. Simmer thirty minutes or until water has absorbed and noodles are fully cooked, stirring occasionally. Season to taste, garnish with green onions.
Slow cooker: Add ground beef or soy protein with onion and garlic powders. Cook on high approximately 1 hour, stirring ground beef to break up. Add remaining ingredients, cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours until pasta is fully cooked. Add water as needed. Season to taste and garnish with green onions.
Instant pot: On Saute mode, saute ground beef/soy protein with garlic and onion powder. Add remaining ingredients, set instant pot on manual for 5 minutes (on sealing mode.) You may quick release or natural release. Use saute mode and stir until sauce is desired consistency.
Have you heard of Fideo yet? We’re getting into some authentic stuff!
My time in the El Paso school system taught me important things. There was algebra, English, speech, and Mexican food. Almost every cafeteria employee was of Mexican descent and when it comes to cooking, that’s a very good thing. My first taste of Posole came from the cafeteria. So did my first taste of Fideo. This Fideo bowl is my take on the awesome flavor!
Pronounced (Fee-Day-Oh,) Fideo is a dish thrown together with affordable things people have on hand.
The main components are pasta, tomato sauce, and simple spices. Sometimes it comes in the form of a brothy soup. Other times it looks very similar to spaghetti. I made one pot fideo bowls as a way to enjoy the flavors of fideo even when it’s hot! Regardless of form, it is very good. It is simple comfort food at its’ finest. Anytime I saw people carrying around styrofoam cups with a fork I knew to make a beeline for the cafeteria.
Meat is optional. Flavor is a given.
Of course you can use beef or vegetable broth. For traditional Fideo soup, add additional water and seasonings. It is not necessary to sing Selena songs while you’re cooking, but it is helpful. I hope the homage to fideo would earn the respect of my cafeteria ladies. What was your favorite cafeteria food?