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Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup – One of my family’s all time favorites!

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup from @kitchenmagpie

When we were in the States last winter we stopped in at a little place on the I-15 that we have driven by countless times. Oh, don’t ask me where or what it’s called, but it’s a rest stop that has a small little town by it. I would know it to look at it and while we always stop to stretch our legs,  we’ve never eaten at the small roadside restaurant. Until this last trip, that is.

While everything on the menu was nice, not fancy, just a decent clubhouse and salad, the soup of the day reminded me of one of my very favorite, old fashioned soups that I hadn’t eaten in years.

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I forgot how much I love a Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup. Oh man, is it ever one of my favorites! It has been on my list to make ever since then – which was way back in January.

I rarely make soup that’s not in a crockpot. I think that most soups are improved by letting them simmer all day, the flavorings melding together in ways that a quick 20 minute simmer just doesn’t achieve. Plus you have that little happy thought in your head all day long that your dinner is going to be just amazing when you get home! Doesn’t it make a difference in your mood, knowing that you have a hot, delicious supper waiting for you? I think that’s why I love my crockpot so much.

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup from @kitchenmagpie

What I love about this method is that you pre-cook the noodles (morning of, day before, it doesn’t matter) and then you add them in at the end of the day, just long enough to heat them up. The soup simmers all day long if you want, then when you come home, you have it waiting for you. Just add the pre-made noodles and there’s dinner!

This is truly a comfort food. The day I made this Mike was sick with a cold, tired and achy and it literally made his day to have some of this soup. It was also a snowy day, which always makes me pull out the crockpot and clear a permanent space on the counter for it. It won’t leave the counter again until spring now!

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup from @kitchenmagpie

My biggest suggestion for this recipe is to drain and rinse the ground beef. You can see that this soup has a bit of grease in it (and oh…that is what makes it so lovely!) but a lot of recipes don’t even have you drain it. I’m going to go ahead and say eeewwww to that. I’m such a pro.

The stronger the beef broth the more beefy your soup will end up and a little extra Worcestershire sauce helps with that as well! I prefer adding in dry macaroni 30 minutes before serving but if you are in a time crunch at the end of the day, pre-cook and then add the pasta in.

Can I tell you a secret?

The whole blinkin’ family ate this.

I am astonished. I cannot believe my daughter ate this. Loved this. Ate it for lunch the next day. Needless to say this is definitely on THE ROTATION list. I wrote that in caps because that is the really important list, the list where we all love a dish, it’s easy to make, not too unhealthy and saves my sanity.

It’s sadly a really, really short list with my picky eaters.

I really hope you give this classic a whirl!

Happy cooking everyone!

Love you more than THE ROTATION list,

Karlynn

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

Classic Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup from @kitchenmagpie

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Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Category: Soup

Description

Talk about comfort food, this beefy macaroni and tomato soup is seriously the best thing I have tasted all fall! There’s a reason it’s a timeless classic!


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups very strong beef broth
  • 1- 28 ounce can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1- 28 ounce can whole Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (to taste if you have a sweeter ketchup you may not need it)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups cooked elbow macaroni OR 2 cups dry macaroni to add in at the end
  • salt and pepper as desired

Instructions

Crockpot Directions

  1. In a medium frying pan, brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until ground beef is no longer pink. Drain the grease (I also like to rinse it with hot water to remove most of the grease) and place in a large crockpot.
  2. Add the broth, cans of chopped and whole tomatoes, Worcestershire, ketchup,brown sugar (if wanted) and Italian seasoning. Add more sugar and Worcestershire to taste if needed. Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. When you are ready to serve, either add the dry macaroni and let cook for 20-25 minutes OR add cooked macaroni. Let the macaroni heat through and serve!

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Press the saute button and fry the ground beef and onions until the beef is no longer pink. Add in the garlic. Fry for another minute or so. Drain the grease.
  2. Use the Instant Pot like the slow cooker,  using the slow cook button and the instructions above OR
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the macaroni. Cook on the SOUP setting for 10 minutes. ( this really helps get the beef flavor going.) Release the pressure manually.
  4. Add the DRY macaroni, (not cooked or it will be mush!)  then cook for 10 minutes on the SOUP setting again. Release manually or with the NPR ( naturally)
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

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159 Comments

  • Reply
    Catalina
    January 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    This is what I would like to have for dinner tonight!

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    Dee
    January 12, 2018 at 8:38 am

    My family would eat this soup right up!

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    Sandi
    January 11, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    What a delicious looking soup. I think my kids would devour this.

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    Delaney | Melanie Makes
    January 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I want to eat some of this right now!

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    Amanda
    January 11, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I think my kiddos would absolutely love this!!

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    April
    January 4, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    By far my favorite
    Soup recipe! I’ve made it five times this winter already!

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    Sharon S.
    December 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Hi! I made the beef & tomatoe macaroni soup and the whole family loved it! I used the pressure cooker because I decided to make it at the last minute. The ingredients are items most people have in the kitchen everyday and t was so so simple to make. This will definitely be a dinner or lunch that we will be having a few more times over the winter months. Thanks Karlynn!

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    Lily Brdaric
    December 11, 2017 at 12:51 am

    My, my, my. Such a lovely recipe! My 6 year old twins love it! As a working mum, this is great to make, as you end up with quite a large pot full of food. Dinners throughout the week are easily taken care of. I didn’t have raw garlic so substituted minced garlic from a jar, added tonnes of it, and it tastes delish. I also added extra dry pasta so as to have it thicker for my kidlets. I didn’t slow cook (as I hadn’t read the recipe right through). So I cranked up the gas to high, and in less than an hour, I had a healthy meal ready for the kids. I imagine it would taste just as great subbing lentils, rice, or risotto. Definitely a keeper of a recipe. Yum!

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    Dawn E
    November 5, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Just wondering can this recipe be frozen?

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      Karlynn Johnston
      November 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I would freeze it with the noodles JUST in the soup – don’t let them cook longer.
      Noodles can come out funny after being frozen.

  • Reply
    Dawn E
    November 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Can this recipe be frozen?

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    Ash
    November 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Beef and Macaroni soup reminds me of my childhood. This tasted just like
    Mom’s!

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    Margaret D
    October 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Will make this tomorrow! Looks like a yummy soul food cold weather recipe! Let you know how it turns out!

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    Gil Livesay
    October 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    90 today in Tampa (again) but made this for the staff kitchen, even if not “soup weather.” Can’t wait to share it. Love simple, straightforward recipes like this.

    • Reply
      Karlynn Johnston
      October 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Simple is always the best. I can also eat soup no matter the temperature outside!

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    Liz
    September 25, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Saw your video on Facebook and had to make this. Just like moms! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Barbalicious
    September 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    My mom used to make this all the time, it was cheap and filling for a family of 6! I’ll be making this asap!

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    Lilibeth
    September 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    This is a great recipe all on its lonesome but today, I experimented a little.

    I ran out of beef stock and had to use 1/2 chicken stock (boo) but added a little extra Worcestershire sauce to beef it up. Then I added a cup of carrots and lots of kale to give it a little more texture. I left out the ketchup since the carrots made it sweeter and finished the soup with some good olive oil after pouring them into the bowls. It was so hearty and delicious! Thanks for a great baseline for many delicious interpretations of soup!

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      Karlynn Johnston
      September 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Yes, you can customize it to your liking! Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

    • Reply
      Barbalicious
      September 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      I like the sound of the carrots in it!

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    Michelle
    September 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Hi, would it be ok to use whole grain elbow noodles in this recipe? Or does it change taste? I usually have those on hand. Thanks:)

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      Lilibeth
      September 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Michelle,

      That’s what I normally use on it and it seems to work out just as well as the regular macaroni, if not a little bit more al dente. It’s kind of a nice in the soup for a little texture contrast. Admittedly, I make mine in my electric pressure cooker so that may make a difference as well.

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    April
    September 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Ah-mazing! This is seriously the best beef and tomato macaroni soup everrrrrrrr! THANKS for the recipe!

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    Maxine
    August 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I can’t wait for winter! This was the best beef macaroni soup ever! Even the picky kids ate it!

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    April
    July 26, 2017 at 9:09 am

    FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to make this allll fall and winter long! Maybe even all summer as well! The best recipe for tomato beef soup!

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    Angela curavoo
    July 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

    This. Was awesome loved it

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    Dave
    May 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Made this, but I used San Marsano tomato filets and whole peeled San Marsano tomatoes. Only needed one Tbs. of brown sugar. Added fresh basil and sliced mushrooms too. Used the beef broth concentrate to intensify the beef flavor. Served this to 6 people and they devoured it like I’ve never seen. Served it with a crusty italian bread.

    • Reply
      Karlynn Johnston
      July 26, 2017 at 8:53 am

      I am so glad it was a hit!! It’s my very favourite soup!

  • Reply
    Jaylen Blanding
    April 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I loved it I’m only 12 and I cooked my mom and brothers loved it

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    Carolyn Shaughnessy
    February 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Yummy, I added one can of pasta sauce instead of whole tomatoes, 1 can of water for pasta, celery, parsley, shredded carrots for more vegetables. I cut macaroni to 1 1/4 cups so all ingredients more even. Turned out so fabulous, I will make it again. Great winter soup.

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    Janerudy2
    January 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Mmm this is in the cockpit as we speak 🙂 I used extra lean ground beef and no sugar, and it’s only 6 weight watchers Smart Points for one cup! Smells divine and I love how comforting it looks. My sister will be getting a bunch as a quick easy meal post baby.

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    Cheryl Wood-Porter
    January 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I have this cooking in my crock pot just now….even needed to run out and buy a bigger crock pot as my small one spilled over lol

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    Heather Bader Kopp
    January 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for posting this today. I have ground beef in the fridge that needed to be used up. I have a batch in my Instant Pot and we will be having it for lunch!

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    Heather Bader Kopp
    January 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for posting this today. I had ground beef in the fridge that needed to get used up. I have a batch of it in my Instant Pot right now. Fingers crossed it will be ready to eat for lunch.

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      Tcvcaf
      January 23, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Did you you cook this on low or medium on the slow cooker function OR did you convert to IP? Making this now and any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Kathy MacDonald
    October 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Made this three weeks ago. Hubby loved it and requested it again last week. I made so much, I took a pot to my neighbor…who didn’t even share with her kids!

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      October 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Lol oh my goodness!! Glad it was a hit!

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    Beverly Martin
    October 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    This was soooo freaking good! I had 3 bowls the first day and 2 the second. The kiddo and the BF loved it too!

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      October 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      SO glad that you tried it and loved it!!

  • Reply
    Shanleigh Rice
    September 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Add salsa and use left over Mac and cheese and few other tweaks and this was my Dad Mexican soup
    It wasn’t my fav when I was little but now that he has passed I wish I could have it with him one more time

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    Around the World in 80 Cupcakes
    September 16, 2016 at 2:41 am

    This was a regular when I ran daycare from my home. I’d sneak in all kinds of yummy things like lentils and sprouted grains and beans

  • Reply
    Amber Dawn
    September 16, 2016 at 2:40 am

    We call this hangover soup. Haha.

  • Reply
    William Mcgar
    September 16, 2016 at 2:39 am

    I’m hungry let’s eat.

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    Kim Motiuk
    September 16, 2016 at 2:36 am

    I’m making this recipe this weekend!

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    JKVA
    August 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Do the whole tomatoes break down during cooking, or am I supposed to chop them up a bit? Also, is there a particular brand of beef broth that is ‘stronger’ than others? TIA

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      thekitchenmagpie
      August 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      @JKVA I make my own using boullion powder, it’s a lot easier to control the strength and flavour! You can chop up the tomatoes at the end if they don’t break down enough for your liking as well, we like big chunks in ours!

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    TammyLynnMason
    May 5, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Sounds very good. When does the ketchup get added in? I don’t see it in the instructions.

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      dobeman
      September 25, 2016 at 9:18 am

      TammyLynnMason It’s listed in step 2 of the instructions (Add the broth, cans of chopped and whole tomatoes, Worcestershire,
      ketchup,brown sugar (if wanted) and Italian seasoning. Add more sugar
      and Worcestershire to taste if needed.) I like ketchup but love Heniz chili sauce and I use it for any and all things that I would normally use ketchup for and it would work great in this delicious and satisfying comfort food recipe.

      Hi Karlynn, I haven’t seen your website before and I like all that I see including your recipes and your entertaining writing! I used to live in Calgary but now I live on the BC coast where your recent road trip took you.

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    Sheryl Connor
    April 27, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    This is a recipe that I have been looking for.  Questions?  Have you ever tried chicken wings or a fryer cut up (boiled and season)  instead of ground beef?  I can not wait to try you recipe above looks very delicious specially with Jalapeno corn  bread.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      April 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Sheryl Connor No… I have tried ground turkey, which is excellent. You need a good ground meat in this soup for that great texture. You could use plain chicken meat, but it would be missing that texture.

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      Jennifer Nicole
      April 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      We adore this recipe! It’s easy and very flavorful.

  • Reply
    Coralee Flug
    April 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    The cafe in Rycroft served and it was always my favorite.

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    Tammy Strausbaugh Wilfong
    April 17, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Discovered your recipe over a year ago and fell in love with this soup. I make it as often as I can and would eat it for all three meals of the day if I could! It’s that good!!

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    Alana Meisner
    April 17, 2016 at 4:24 am

    I genuinely feel like every recipe you post is my childhood. I grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and am making all these recipes for my own family now! You are my go to for supper ideas. Will all these recipes be in your new cook book?

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      April 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

      My cookbook is all desserts, but hey, who knows what cookbook #2 is!!

    • Reply
      Alana Meisner
      April 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Well I happen to love deserts too so I’ll happily buy cookbook #1 and look forward to #2!!

  • Reply
    Donna McComb
    April 17, 2016 at 3:24 am

    made this a couple weeks ago and loved it

  • Reply
    Patt Cherry-Harris
    April 17, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Had this as a kid. I loved it and I still do.

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    Kimberley Tremblay
    April 17, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Ive never had it!!! lol I will have to make it now though. I LOVE meaty soups!!!

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    KathyJones3
    April 3, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Using a whole-grain elbow macaroni (3 times more fiber) would make this a pretty healthy soup. One of my fave restaurants features this as a daily soup choice. It’s their most popular soup! My mom called this Goulash Soup.

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    Gina
    February 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I am making this today! My Mom used to make this……it was so good! We called always called it Hunky Junk  : )

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    kc92004
    January 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Do you add the ketchup when you add the tomatoes aND everything else?

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    kc92004
    January 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Do you drain the cans of tomatoes or no?

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 25, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Oh shoot I didn’t see this!!! It’s up now, sorry 🙁

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    Julie Post
    January 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I was planning to make this tonight…curious how long the website will be down for maintenance. Maybe I need a plan b? 🙂

  • Reply
    Vern Ledger
    January 24, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Like this! Never used the crock pot though!!

  • Reply
    Kelsie Kelly
    January 24, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Made this tonight! My kids love it so it’s on regular rotation in our house:)

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    Amy Melby
    January 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I made your Turkey Lasagna soup last week but with ground beef and tortellini (plus added spinach) and it was so good!! Family raved! Success!

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    John Martin
    January 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Not this one cuz! lol….looks like death for me.

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    Debbie Baker
    January 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Here is a picture of some we made before .We added mushrooms and peas .Yum

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    Cheryl Sprague Fernstrom
    January 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Yes I do! Aptly named indeed. Kept the martins alive.

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    Debbie Baker
    January 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Me and my husband love to cook together always look for new stuff to make together. Will be making this today when he gets home.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Once you start you can’t stop! So easy and so good!

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    Cindy Martin Trahan
    January 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    John Martin, Lyn Richard Cheryl Sprague Fernstrom Peg Miller … The infamous “Poor people soup”. Remember how John named it this … LOL

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    Debbie Baker
    January 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I make this all the time now.Love it super easy .

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    Kendall Perkins-Virus
    January 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I add carrots, celery and peas too

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    Susan Forbes
    January 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This must be delicious!

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    Michelle
    January 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    This is a wonderful classic soup my mom made a lot in winter and when I married it became a staple I n my home too. Thanks for bringing a smile on my face…my crockpot is on the kitchen counter now to make beef and macaroni soup. 🙂

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    LoriRobicheau
    January 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I tried this with whole wheat macaroni and the macaroni fell a part into little pieces. It ruined the soup does anybody know why.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 6, 2016 at 12:46 am

      LoriRobicheau Whole wheat pasta is generally sturdier than white, not the opposite. It must be the brand OR perhaps a rice pasta and not whole wheat? Whole Wheat Pasta usually holds up amazing in soups, I use it all the time.

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    Susan Forbes
    December 13, 2015 at 2:14 am

    We took had this made by our Mom when growing up. It was delicious. I think it is high time I made some. I am sharing this recipe on my home page.

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    Carmen Kostiuk
    December 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I had forgotten how good this soup is. Used to make for my kids all the time

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    brittany
    December 9, 2015 at 3:42 am

    i just made this but had to change a few things but i still love it and is super easy.

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    KaDaBu
    November 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    This was delicious and hit the spot on a cold night. Even my picky 8 year old loved it! Thank you for sharing it!

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    Vickifromwisconsin
    October 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    How funny! I’m from Wisconsin and my Mom always made this, but w/o sugars and ketchup and Worcestershire.  It is what we called chili. So we’d add tomatoes tomato sauce, kidney beans (I like to use the northern beans in mine, I used to gag on those big old beans with a tougher skin) But anyways, then you also add chili powder. But it definitely looks exactly like our chili!  I just figured it was a northern version.  Make it lots as the weather cools and always stove top.

    Thanks for the memories! Vicki

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    Catherine
    October 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    We love this recipe! We shared it in our 25 Delicious Crockpot Meals for Busy Families roundup on The Shopping Mama!! http://www.theshoppingmama.com/2015/10/25-delicious-crockpot-meals-for-busy-families/

    YUM!!

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    LindaDacey
    October 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    This is my favorite soup. I am so glad I found this recipe! Everyone I have shared it with loves it. I am making it again today.

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    JalGraham
    September 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Can this be cooked on high in the crockpot for 5 hours instead? Or should it still be set to low for the 5 hours? Nothing is raw so I’m assuming the extra long cook time is just for flavoring.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      October 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      JalGraham It definitely is for flavoring but also helps break up the tomatoes as well, the acidity and their composition. You can put it on high as well.

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    JudyLammert
    September 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Ground beef use to be the go to meat when money was tight.  But the price of ground beef now  is so out of sight. My grannie use to make slumgullion but she uses beans instead of meat.  In the depression meat was hard to come by for her family. But either way you make it it brings back warm family memories

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    Linda Van Beem
    September 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Gracee ~ I am 72 and my grandmother used to make this and she called it slumgullion ~~ 🙂

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    Cindy Martin Trahan
    September 1, 2015 at 2:36 am

    John Martin … Your favorite aka poor people soup

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 1, 2015 at 1:17 am

    The name is AWESOME! That’s so funny that you thought your mom made it up!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 31, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    It’s a crisis!!

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    Gracee Osann
    August 31, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    omg…. I thought my mom made that word up. I so owe her an apology for giving her such a hard time.

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    Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor
    August 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Made this one 2 weeks ago! Only 1 bowl left in freezer! Time to make more!

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    Linda Van Beem
    August 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    We used to call this dish “slumgullion”. Delicious over mashed potatoes with a little butter ~~~~

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    Barb Overton
    August 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Shared.

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    Kimberley Tremblay
    August 5, 2015 at 2:28 am

    this is what I made!!!!! LOVE it 🙂

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    Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor
    August 2, 2015 at 3:31 am

    This is a fav here year round!!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    It’s SOOOO good, even in the summertime!

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    Megan Hanson
    August 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Made this the other day!! I love it!

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    Kelsie Kelly
    July 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Making this for dinner tonight..my kitchen smells so yummy as it simmers on the stove!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    A great idea!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Aw I’m so glad that he liked it! It’s just a homey, comforting taste. My favorite soup ever!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    It is probably my favorite soup ever. Something is just SO right about it!

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    Tammy Strausbaugh Wilfong
    July 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I’m in love with this soup and have been known to eat a whole batch of it by myself..over the span of a few days, of course, but it never gets old!! So happy I found this recipe. The slowcooker definitely has an amazing effect on the beef broth!

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    Marie E. Cater
    July 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    l always cook the mac, on the side an ladle the soup over it

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    Roxanne Brown
    July 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    This is an awesome recipe. I made it recently for my Dad. HE LOVED IT. Although . it is nothing like the goulash recipe that I grew up with. This is soup. My goulash recipe is similar to a casserole.

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    Sarah Schultz
    July 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    That whole saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rings true with the kitchen classics

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    It’s a gooder! Funny how old recipes are usually the best ones.

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    Sarah Schultz
    July 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    One of my faves of yours!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I LOVE this soup. Reminds me of my childhood as wel!

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    Lisa AllMe Westfall
    July 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I grew up on this! My mom and grandma always made it as a go to easy warm meal. They called it goulash.

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    ConnorThomasNaylor
    April 24, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Just wanted to put a word in. I live along 1-15 and there is a nice place in American Fork, Utah. It is called Tangies (Cafe). They have a great soup called “Tomato Mac”. If you are ever down in the state(s) again give it a try. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tangies-Cafe/115683078461230

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    Jennifer Nicole
    March 20, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Hi! Can you tell me where I can find very strong beef broth? Is this something I should make myself? Thank you! 🙂

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    Shelly55021
    March 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    How fun to see a soup version of an old family recipe!!!  My mom made a hotdish like this in an electric fry pan as a staple lunch for Dad and any hired men he had working for him.  She did not use any beef broth, and only used salt and pepper for seasonings.  My dad still makes a big batch of this about every month just so he doesn’t need to cook everyday!  It is probably in the top 5 old family recipes that all my family loves!  

    I do plan on trying this soup version tho!  

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    atteroc39
    February 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I want to make this using beef stew meat instead of ground beef. Any suggestions?

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      thekitchenmagpie
      February 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      atteroc39 You can cook it the same, you definitely have to slow cook it all day long, but then it’s more a lovely goulash with the stewing beef in it, very yummy! 

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    jlecocq
    February 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I made this recipe and it was really great.  My 2 teenage boys wanted seconds.  A nice mid-west style comfort food.  I tried a combination of quinoa & wheat macaroni and quinoa &
    corn macaroni to see how they would taste and for variety and it was really tasty.  I
    pre-cooked the noodles and chilled them until I served the soup.  It
    comes out so hot out of the crock pot that it rewarms the noodles
    perfectly and brings down the extremely hot temperature of the soup when
    you pour it over the noodles.  I had to cook the soup on high in my
    crock pot all day as the whole tomatoes did take all day to cook down and
    soften but if you need it quicker you could probably use all diced
    tomatoes instead or a combo of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.  I only used 1 TBS of brown sugar and it was fine.

    Thanks for posting a great recipe!  I will try a vegetarian version with Morningstar Farms Meatless Crumbles and vegetable broth next time I make it to see how a vegetarian version of it tastes.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      February 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      @jlecocq I am so glad that it was a hit! It really is a classic comfort food, and now it’s a staple in our house. It’s also a good one for teenage boys to learn how to cook 😉 especially when they want seconds hahah! Thanks for letting me know!

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    Lauren Anne Hogan Moore
    February 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    The whole tomatoes are kind of problematic. Mine didn’t squish, and no one will eat them whole. I think next time I will just use more of the diced. I don’t like Worcestershire sauce, so I substituted soy sauce. To cut the saltiness, I DID add the 2 Tbsp. brown sugar. This worked quite well. I also added some ground red pepper for kick. If the kids will eat it, then it’s good in my house. The kids ate it. 

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      thekitchenmagpie
      February 11, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Lauren Anne Hogan Moore Glad that you liked it! I am a whole tomato freak (love them in mac n’ cheese…yum!) but you bet, sub in the diced ones instead!

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    Ecfinn
    February 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Any suggestions on how to make this WITHOUT the crockpot?  Simmer time, etc?

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      thekitchenmagpie
      February 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      @Ecfinn I would simmer it for 10-15 minutes, then add the noodles and cook until the noodles are done. It can be a really fast soup if you want it to be. The longer it simmers though, the better the flavours meld together.

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      ShirleyHeatonMcGovern
      May 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      @Ecfinn I have been making a similar goulash for years and cook it on the stove. I would cook it for several hours though as it makes the taste sooo much better!

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    amg032609
    February 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This is a great recipe.  My suggestion would be to leave out the sugar if you’re using ketchup OR use tomato paste with a reduced amount of sugar.  Generally, I find, that only a teaspoon or two is necessary for even a large dish.  Just a touch to cut the acidic flavor of the tomatoes.  This is the first time I’ve seen a soup version of American Goulash and it’s wonderful!  Definitely one of our favorite comfort meals.  You might also consider not rinsing the beef after draining.  If you use a lean enough cut there won’t be much to drain and then you might lose a lot of flavor if you rinse.  Also, a bit of fat in a meal is good as the most vitamins are fat soluble.  Everything in moderation.  :) 

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    AbbieC
    January 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Italian seasonings?  Like dry Italian dressing?

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      amg032609
      February 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      AbbieC – Not dry Italian salad dressing.  In the spice market of your local grocery store they should sell an Italian Seasoning spice blend.  Generic brand is fine, too – you just have to watch for sodium content.  Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute is awesome and works well in place of Italian Seasoning as it has some of the same flavors.  If you don’t have access to a mix you can use your own spices of basil, oregeno, garlic, and black pepper to create your own.  Just a 1/4 teaspoon of each to start and then adjust the flavors as you like.  You can also use/add thyme, bay leaf, and marjoram, if you like.  Rosemary tends to be strong and is not found in traditional Italian seasoning.  You can add it, of course, but a little bit goes a long way.

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        thekitchenmagpie
        February 11, 2015 at 11:08 pm

        amg032609 AbbieC Thanks for answering this! I missed it! <3

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    AbigailGray
    January 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Had this tonight and my husband and I enjoyed the first few bites. But I agree with  some of the other comments that I’d cut down on the brown sugar or leave it out entirely 🙁 We loved the consistency of the soup and the ratio of meat to noodles! 

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 5, 2015 at 1:48 am

      @AbigailGray I’m going to guess that it all depends on the ketchup that everyone is using. Mine isn’t sweet but some varities are going to be more sugary for sure! I think I’ll change it to  add it ” to taste”. 

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    Susan
    January 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    You mention “strained” tomatoes. Should we drain them or keep the juices? Thanks.

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 5, 2015 at 1:48 am

      @Susan No, sorry! That’s a typo!

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    LaurieVilneff
    January 3, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve always made this recipe here, soooo yummy. 

    I suggest leaving out the noodles and putting noodles into each bowl instead.  This way the noodles never go soggy.  Same thing with rice and potatoes. 

    I NEVER use brown sugar in a soup……… my hubby would freak !

    To change this up to another soup:  Use chicken (leftover) and chicken broth or veggie broth.  No brown sugar or ketchup (can be typed up as an option for those that may like it).  All else the same

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    Carrie
    December 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I made this and finished off the leftovers yesterday. It was SO good! I mean, I seriously think it is a new favorite of mine…I don’t know how I’ve gone my whole life without ever having it. lol…thank you for the recipe. I followed it to a “T” and it was awesome…to the person who said they had to throw it out, I just don’t see how…must of left out something. 

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      thekitchenmagpie
      January 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      @Carrie I am so glad that you liked it! And yes, if something was SO bad you had to throw it out, it’s usually because the recipe wasn’t followed lol. If my family doesn’t like it, the recipe won’t ever be published here! It IS a new favorite of ours, I don’t know how I haven’t been making it my whole life too!

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    Lisa
    December 21, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Made this today, so yummy!  After a full day of baking Christmas cookies it was nice to have a hearty soup all ready to go for dinner.  The only thing I may change next time will be to omit the brown sugar or maybe cut it in half.  I think we might prefer it a bit less sweet.  

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      thekitchenmagpie
      December 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      @Lisa I would add it to taste, it all depends on how acidic your tomatoes are. Really acidic ones might even need more. All depends on what they canned!

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    whitney
    December 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Do I keep the whole tomatoes whole? or do I crush them? 

    Thanks!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      December 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      @whitney Either or, you can slice up a few of them if you like!

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    mdye
    November 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This was not good. Just didn’t work. At all. Threw it all out after forcing my kids to eat a couple bites. 🙁

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      thekitchenmagpie
      December 2, 2014 at 12:22 am

      @mdye If it was a new recipe, I’d understand but I don’t get how a tried and true recipe from oh, the ’60’s didn’t work unless something was missed? This recipe has been made for decades now and I didn’t change a thing?

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    Crystal73
    November 9, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I make this. I call it Goulash.  I use tomato juice, tomato sauce, onion, ground beef.  I sometimes add whole kernel corn and cubed potatoes. This is one of my favorite dishes during the winter.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Aw bummer!

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    Corinna Turner
    October 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    sounds yummy, too bad i’m the only one who likes tomatoes.

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    Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor
    October 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Decided to go whole hog and making homemade bread to go with it!! It’s looking so yummy as it cooks in the slow cooker!

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    James Lori Shipley
    October 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I might just make a whole crock full adding the pasta to each portion as I use it-I can freeze the beef and veggies and add pasta when reheating. My grandma used to make it like that especially if she had plans to freeze any leftovers-which rarely happened! 🙂 She would make two pots one of pasta which we would portion in the bottom of our bowls layered on top with the beef portion! So yummy!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe try making a third of it? It was amazing for lunch the next day!

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    James Lori Shipley
    October 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    OMG my grandma used to make this-only she used a home based beef broth tomato and macaroni-she never actually added beef but for flavor. It was so good-now I am craving it! Only no one in my house eats it but me-too much soup for one person!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    It is..and it is SO good for lunch the next day!!

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    Stephanie Ng Canavan
    October 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Ultimate comfort yumminess!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    It’s a classic, that’s for sure! It’s so homey and comforting!

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    Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor
    October 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    decided last night that’s on the menu for us tonight! So yummy and reminds me of my Mom!

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