Zesty Macaroni Soup Recipe
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Zesty Macaroni Soup Recipe

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The recipe for this thick, zippy soup first caught my attention for two reasons - it calls for ingredients that it can be prepared in a jiffy. A chili macaroni mix provides this dish with a little spice, but sometimes I jazz it up with a can of chopped green chilies. It's a family favorite. -Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (7 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (7-1/2 ounces) chili macaroni dinner mix
  • Salsa con queso dip

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 215 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, beans, tomatoes, corn and chilies if desired. Stir in the mustard, salt, pepper and contents of macaroni sauce mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in contents of macaroni packet. Cover and simmer 10-14 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with salsa con queso dip. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Hamburger Helper brand chili macaroni. Salsa con queso dip can be found in the international food section or snack aisle of most grocery stores.
Originally published as Zesty Macaroni Soup in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p29

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"We found this pretty tasty. I served mine with the salsa con queso dip which added freshness and good flavor it."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"This was very easy and very filling, but like the other reviewer said, not very interesting. I was expecting more zip or zest. I will make again though because my family really enjoyed it and it was the perfect end to a busy fall day."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"Not our favorite. It was edible but not very interesting."

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