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Zesty Macaroni Soup Recipe

Zesty Macaroni Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 215 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 491mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

Reviews for Zesty Macaroni Soup

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 72119
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."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 49865
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."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 203127
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

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

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