Fideos are small strips of pasta that look like 1/2-inch pieces of thin spaghetti, although sometimes they're shaped like mini macaroni. (Broken angel hair pasta is an easy swap.) In Valencia, Spain, dishes that incorporate fideos are called fideuà—pronounced fee-dey-wha—and are cooked like paella.

EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2021


Credit: Angie Mosier

Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat a gas grill to medium-high or build a fire in a charcoal grill and let it burn down to medium-high heat (about 425°F).

  • Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with cold water. Squeeze lemon juice into the water and add the lemon halves. Trim the artichoke stems, then cut about 1/4 inch off the tops of the leaves. Quarter the artichokes and scoop out any fuzzy chokes inside. Add the cut artichokes to the lemon water.

  • Bring broth to a simmer in a large saucepan. Cover with a lid and take out to the grill along with the artichokes and the remaining ingredients.

  • Heat a 12- to 14-inch paella pan or cast-iron skillet on the grill for 3 minutes. Add oil and heat for 1 minute. Drain the artichokes and add to the pan along with onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add green beans and Romano beans and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomato, paprika and salt; mix well. Add fideos (or angel hair) and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir in 7 cups of the warm broth and saffron. Bring to a simmer. Cook until the fideos are tender, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on package directions. Stir in the remaining 1 cup broth; remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


A long, flat Italian cousin to string beans, Romano beans can be 6 inches-plus in length and as wide as two to three string beans. Because of their size, they cook equally as well on the grill or under the broiler as they do in boiling water. Find them at farmers' markets this time of year or occasionally in the freezer aisle.

Track down traditional Valencian fideos pasta at well-stocked supermarkets or check or Amazon. (Broken angel hair pasta makes a decent substitute.)

Nutrition Facts

generous 1 cup
312 calories; fat 8g; sodium 453mg; carbohydrates 50g; dietary fiber 7g; protein 9g; sugars 4g; niacin equivalents 3mg; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 2250IU; potassium 310mg.