This Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup is one of the best soups you can make, especially for colder weather as it warms you right up. It's easy to make and a classic from my childhood. I hope you like it!

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup from @kitchenmagpie

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

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.


I forgot how much I love a Beef & 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

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup Tips & Tricks

  • 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,


Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

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Classic Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup from @kitchenmagpie

4.63 from 37 votes
Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 15 mins
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!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 421 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 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
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!
Nutrition Facts
Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1173mg 49%
Potassium 860mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 6.3%
Vitamin C 26.6%
Calcium 11.2%
Iron 24.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kelli Hennessey Reply

    Made this soup last night, and all five of us loved it. Didn’t decide to make it until 4 pm, still yummy! One of my girls has IBS so I left out the garlic but kept in the onion, which she picked out. Worked for all us – great recipe!

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

  3. 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!

  4. Lily Brdaric Reply

    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!

    • 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.

  5. Beef and Macaroni soup reminds me of my childhood. This tasted just like

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. Barbalicious Reply

    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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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:)

    • 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.

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. Jaylen Blanding Reply

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

  17. Carolyn Shaughnessy Reply

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Cheryl Wood-Porter Reply

    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

  20. Heather Bader Kopp Reply

    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!

  21. Heather Bader Kopp Reply

    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.

    • 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.

  22. Kathy MacDonald Reply

    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!

  23. Beverly Martin Reply

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

  24. Shanleigh Rice Reply

    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

  25. Around the World in 80 Cupcakes Reply

    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

  26. 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

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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!

  27. TammyLynnMason Reply

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

    • 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.

  28. Sheryl Connor Reply

    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.

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      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.

  29. Tammy Strausbaugh Wilfong Reply

    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!!

  30. Alana Meisner Reply

    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?

    • The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

    • Alana Meisner Reply

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

  31. Kimberley Tremblay Reply

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

  32. KathyJones3 Reply

    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.

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

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

  35. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  36. Julie Post Reply

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

  37. Kelsie Kelly Reply

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

  38. 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!

  39. Debbie Baker Reply

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

  40. Cheryl Sprague Fernstrom Reply

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

  41. Debbie Baker Reply

    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.

  42. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  43. Cindy Martin Trahan Reply

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

  44. 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. 🙂

  45. LoriRobicheau Reply

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

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      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.

  46. Susan Forbes Reply

    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.

  47. Carmen Kostiuk Reply

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

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

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

  50. Vickifromwisconsin Reply

    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

  51. LindaDacey Reply

    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.

  52. 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.

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      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.

  53. JudyLammert Reply

    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

  54. Linda Van Beem Reply

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

  55. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  56. Gracee Osann Reply

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

  57. Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor Reply

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

  58. Linda Van Beem Reply

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

  59. Kelsie Kelly Reply

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

  60. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  61. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  62. Tammy Strausbaugh Wilfong Reply

    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!

  63. Marie E. Cater Reply

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

  64. Roxanne Brown Reply

    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.

  65. Sarah Schultz Reply

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

  66. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  67. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  68. Lisa AllMe Westfall Reply

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

  69. Jennifer Nicole Reply

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

  70. Shelly55021 Reply

    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!  

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

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      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! 

  72. 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.

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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!

  73. Lauren Anne Hogan Moore Reply

    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. 

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      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!

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

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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.

    • ShirleyHeatonMcGovern Reply

      @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!

  75. 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.  :) 

    • 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.

      • thekitchenmagpie Reply

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

  76. AbigailGray Reply

    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! 

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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”. 

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

  78. LaurieVilneff Reply

    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

  79. 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. 

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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!

  80. 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.  

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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!

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


    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

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

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

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      @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?

  83. 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.

  84. Corinna Turner Reply

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

  85. Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor Reply

    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!

  86. James Lori Shipley Reply

    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!

  87. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  88. James Lori Shipley Reply

    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!

  89. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

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

  90. Bev Baxter Thomas Batchelor Reply

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

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