Fantastically Frugal Fideo

Fi-day-o! Fi-day-ay-ay-o! Daylight come and me wan' go home! Every time I make this Fantastically Frugal Fideo, I cannot help but sing Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat song...Day-O! It just gets stuck in my head. Well, the recipe has nothing to do with bananas or rum, but it is delicious... and easy... and frugal.
Here's what you need: fideo pasta, olive oil, can of petite diced tomatoes, small can of tomato sauce (not pictured), water (also not pictured), minced garlic, chopped onion, salt and pepper.
Start by heating up the olive oil and then browning the pasta, stirring frequently.
Add minced garlic to tomatoes in can and stir to incorporate. Carefully, add the onions, tomatoes, tomato sauce and 1 1/2 cans of water to the pasta. Stir to combine. Allow to boil for about 5 minutes, cooking down the liquid.
Turn down heat to medium low. Cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender (about 10-15 minutes) You may need to add more water to ensure the noodles get cooked.
Fantastically Frugal Fideo

1 pkg. Fideo pasta (sometimes located near the Mexican food in grocery's like angel hair that's been broken up into little pieces)
2 Tbsp. Olive oil1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes + 1 1/2 cans of water
1 sm. can tomato sauce
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in Fideo and brown it for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add minced garlic to the diced tomatoes and stir. Carefully add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and onions to the noodles. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for at least 5 minutes, cooking down some of the liquid. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and continue to cook until all liquid is gone and noodles are tender, stirring occasionally. (You may need to add more water to ensure the noodles get cooked without scorching.)

Here's what I love about this meal:
It is incredibly easy and quick to make.
It takes one pot to make it...not multiple like with spaghetti.
It is cheap, people! Less than $2.00 and you have a main dish to feed 4-6!
It is meatless. I'm no vegetarian, but occasionally, I like to give my body a little break from meat.
My family will eat it ;-)

This is another recipe from my "foodie" SIL in Phoenix. She is always passing along good ones to me. I have tweaked the original to better suit our family and that's what I've shared with you.

So, what are you having for dinner soon? Fi-day-o! Fi-day-ay-ay-o! Fantastically Frugal Fideo!
If you're thinking I'm off my rocker and you don't know the Banana Boat song, I encourage you to check it out on YouTube. You'll be singing it too in no time at all... and maybe cursing me for getting it stuck in your head ;-) Thanks for stopping by and singing with me today!
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  1. I know that song!! Yummy pasta dish, thanks for sharing! xx

  2. Hi Nici, that looks delicious! I am so going to make it. I already wrote the ingredients down. I have been craving pasta lately. I am visiting from The Dedicated House. Have a beautiful week! Love, Wanda

  3. I don't think I've ever cooked with fideo pasta. I am definitely going to have to try this now out of curiosity.

  4. Looks good. Gotta try it, so I've pinned it and will give it a shot soon. Thanks!

  5. This is a new one for me Nici, I've never ever heard of Fideo pasta. It looks good though, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing another one of your awesome recipes!


  6. I've never heard of Fideo pasta. I going to have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm at the store. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  7. Well, now I think I'm going to have that song stuck in my head as well. ;-) I've never heard of Fideo pasta. I love a good vegetarian and cheap meal that my family will eat...all great things.
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    Have a great night.

  8. I've never used Fiedo before, but now am looking forward to trying it! Thank you for sharing. Stopping by from Ginger Snap Crafts:)

  9. Stopping by from the Saturday Spotlight, I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi Nici,
    I just love Fideo and really don't use it enough, can't wait to try your recipe it looks awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. I have never tried Fideo before, but this looks wonderful! I'll have to make it soon, thanks for sharing :)


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