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Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

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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!

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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 crock pot. 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 crock pot 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 crock pot 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,

Karlynn

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Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

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!
4.97 from 26 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Total Time
8 hours 15 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
Soup
Servings
8
Calories
421
Author
Karlynn Johnston

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!

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Recipe Notes

You can also do this in the Instant Pot!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 421kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 1173mg, Potassium: 860mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 315IU, Vitamin C: 21.9mg, Calcium: 112mg, Iron: 4.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. RLS says

    I appreciate everyone’s reviews and thoughts, however…..I prefer to read reviews based on other people’s thoughts on the ACTUAL soup, not what ifs or what maybe? I’m not a food snob, just a mom trying to cook a meal for my family based on facts

  2. MEL says

    Just found your site and looking forward to try some of your recipes. Thank you

  3. Tarra says

    I did this on the stove rather than the crock pot and it was perfect! Two cartons of Campbell’s broth and an extra tbsp of powdered broth to make it stronger. Delicious! Will definitely continue to make this!5 stars

    • Denise says

      Campbells soup makes a double strength beef broth in a 10oz can.5 stars

  4. Ashley says

    What do I do with the whole tomatoes when it is done cooking? Will they cook down? Do I remove them? Chop them? Thanks for any feedback!

  5. Trudy says

    I am making this tomorrow! Thank you for having a slow cooker recipe that isn’t finished cooking in 4 hours!!! What full time working parent gets home in 4 hours!?

  6. Sheri says

    Can I substitute any other seasoning as I don’t care for the Italian mix?

  7. Diane DeRochie-Larose says

    What an easy soup to make in the Instant Pot I cut up my veggies & cooked the ground beef the day before so I just had to add them in when I was ready to make the soup. It s a favourite in our house with the cold weather upon us5 stars

  8. Kelli Hennessey says

    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!5 stars

  9. Catalina says

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

  10. Sandi says

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

  11. Delaney | Melanie Makes says

    I want to eat some of this right now!

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