Our vegetarian version of fideos, a toasted pasta dish served in both Mexico and Spain, is packed with green beans, corn and tomatoes. Omit the cheese to make it vegan. Serve with a crisp romaine, red onion and avocado salad tossed with red-wine vinaigrette.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pasta pieces and cook, stirring, until toasted and browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add green beans, onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the beans are beginning to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, corn and oregano and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes are just beginning to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth, salt and the toasted pasta; bring to a boil over high heat.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is tender and most of the broth is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Serve topped with cheese and scallions, with lime wedges on the side.


Notes: Chicken-flavored broth, a vegetarian broth despite its name, is preferable to vegetable broth in some recipes for its hearty, rich flavor. Sometimes called “no-chicken” broth, it can be found with the soups in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets.

Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is an aged Mexican cheese similar in texture and flavor to Asiago or Parmesan. Find it near other specialty cheeses or in Mexican grocery stores.

Nutrition Facts

440 calories; protein 15g; carbohydrates 63.3g; dietary fiber 11.5g; sugars 9.3g; fat 16.7g; saturated fat 4.3g; cholesterol 12.5mg; vitamin a iu 1346.5IU; vitamin c 23.5mg; folate 90.6mcg; calcium 180.1mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 119.5mg; potassium 547.3mg; sodium 702.4mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Added some cracked red pepper for a little kick but otherwise followed the recipe as written and it was fantastic! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty quick supper I really loved this dish all the vegetables make this very nutritious but it was also delicious. The toasted pasta combined with the veggies - I also used parmesan cheese - went together beautifully. The chopped scallion and lime brought all the flavours together as a perfect finishing touch. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect way to add Mexican flavor to pasta Wow! What a delicious find! I added some pan sheared spicy shrimp (chili powder red pepper flakes and cumin) as a topper and it was a filling meal. The cheese and lime were nice complimentary flavors. I'm excited to try it with other vegetables! Pros: Easy one pot meal can add more of anything Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So yummy and simply I loved this dish hot and also at room temp. So it will make a good summer pasta salad too. I used whole wheat thin spaghetti and broke them into 2 " pieces but still they jumped all over my kitchen when I tried to saute them so next time I will break into 1" pieces and also crush them in a towel then saute. I like the nutyness of the whole wheat pasta. I also used canned pieces of baby corn instead of corn kernels because I opened the wrong can--loved them-cut even smaller than they were in the can. Lastly I used sugar snap peas also a very good choice. I am making this dish again this week. Pros: Love all the veggies but... Cons:...the pasta went jumping all over my kitchen when I tried to saute it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is nothing like my grandma's fideo but a delicious and nutritious alternative. I followed the recipe exactly except I added cumin ( 1/2 tsp) which I highly recommend and omitted the scallion based on personal preference. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love it My partner and I love this. I used a 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes instead of 2 fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese instead of Asiago. My partner thought I ought to try adding cilantro next time. It's really nice to have a different way to use pasta and we love the sauteed flavor. Pros: Simple 1 pot meal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy & delicious! I made this for the first time and was very happy with the results. I didn't have whole wheat pasta so used regular. I also didn't have enough green beans to make 2 cups so I added some zucchini and yellow squash (from my garden). It was delicious! I didn't have the mexican cheese on hand so I used Romano. The scallions and lime juice added at the end really brought the dish together and made it special. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
yummy for lunch I substituted asperagus for green beans and left out the cheese. This was really great on the first night but also heated really well for lunch for a few days! Pros: reheated great Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wow...it's good This turned out surprisingly well. I add squash to it to have more vegetables. It was really pretty easy but you need a large pan to cook it all in. The noodles have a really nice flavor from cooking them in the oil before hand. The lime cotija cheese and scallions add a PERFECT touch to the meal. I am really pleasantly surprise by this dish. I definitely recommend it!! Pros: Easy you can add whatever vegetables you want cooks in one pan dinner in a bowl! Read More