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!

Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup in a white soup bowl of heart design, red floral tablecloth underneath

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.

close up of Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup in white soup bowl

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!

close up of Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup ready to be enjoy!

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,



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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!
4.96 from 96 votes
close up of Classic Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup ready to be enjoy!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Total Time
8 hours 15 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups very strong beef broth
  • 1- 28 ounces can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1- 28 ounces can whole Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Use the Instant Pot like the slow cooker,  using the slow cook button and the instructions above OR
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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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I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian 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. JKVA says

    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 says

      @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!

  2. TammyLynnMason says

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

    • dobeman says

      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.

  3. Sheryl Connor says

    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 says

      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.

    • Jennifer Nicole says

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

  4. Coralee Flug says

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

  5. Tammy Strausbaugh Wilfong says

    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!!

  6. Alana Meisner says

    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 says

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

    • Alana Meisner says

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

  7. Patt Cherry-Harris says

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

  8. Kimberley Tremblay says

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

  9. KathyJones3 says

    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.

  10. Gina says

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

  11. kc92004 says

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

  12. The Kitchen Magpie says

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

  13. Julie Post says

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

  14. Vern Ledger says

    Like this! Never used the crock pot though!!

  15. Kelsie Kelly says

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

  16. Amy Melby says

    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!

  17. John Martin says

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

  18. Debbie Baker says

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

  19. Cheryl Sprague Fernstrom says

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

  20. Debbie Baker says

    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.

  21. The Kitchen Magpie says

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

  22. Cindy Martin Trahan says

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

  23. Debbie Baker says

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

  24. Kendall Perkins-Virus says

    I add carrots, celery and peas too

  25. Michelle says

    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. 🙂

  26. LoriRobicheau says

    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 says

      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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