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Beef Macaroni Soup Recipe

Beef Macaroni Soup Recipe

You'll love my quick version of classic beef macaroni soup. Loaded with veggies and pasta, it’s just as good as the original but without all the fuss. —Debra Baker, Greenville, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the mixed vegetables, tomatoes, broth and pepper. Bring to a boil; add macaroni. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until macaroni and vegetables are tender. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • This versatile recipe is great for picky eaters (especially those who don't like garlic and onions), but also easy to spice up. Chili powder, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder are tasty additions. Start with 1/4 teaspoon of any or all, and increase to taste.
  • Substitute any short pasta for the elbow macaroni. Shells and wagon wheels are fun shapes for this kid-friendly soup.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 cup: 233 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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    angmclanc User ID: 3282588 267772
    Reviewed Jun. 8, 2017

    "I changed the beef to ground turkey. My 10 year old LOVES this soup!"

    dianaldeeds User ID: 8342543 265686
    Reviewed May. 8, 2017

    "The broth was thin and the flavors were very faded."

    JLo User ID: 9026246 260511
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

    "I made this after reading the other comments. I added garlic powder, chilli powder and black pepper. It was great. I think the chilli powder added helped the flavor. When I make it again, I might add chopped onions and cook them with the hamburger at the beginning. This dish can have a lot of variation which is great - different vegetables or meat could be used. I would like to try this dish sometime with chicken. It would be easy to add more of some more ingredients to stretch the number of portions for a larger crowd. Adding any kind of favorite cheese on top would bring it up to a 5 star recipe."

    Lorie1964 User ID: 4048465 242064
    Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

    "This is a great recipe! I felt by the listing of ingredients, it would need "over seasoned." I added a lot more seasoning and I'm glad I did (more pepper, garlic salt and garlic powder). The photo also shows a lot more broth than what mine was left with, so I agree with some of the other reviewers and will add more broth next time (probably another cup would work well). All in all, a great dish to add to my rotation. Thank you for the addition to my recipe box!"

    chunkymunky User ID: 7676579 241810
    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

    "I agree with lindaaiello. But I'm giving this recipe 5 stars BECAUSE of the versatility. Obviously everyone has favorite flavors. As far as I'm concerned, you can take garlic and toss it out the window. My family didn't use it when I was little, I didn't use it when my kids were little. My grownup kids now use lots of garlic, hot peppers, other spicy spicy flavors. I still don't; i LIKE bland. They have learned to take some out for me BEFORE they light it in fire. So be kind in your OPINIONS. The basic recipe is great. Feel free to doctor it all you want. But thank the person for submitting it & giving you the opportunity to let your creativity shine. Happy New Year to all :)"

    dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 241787
    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

    "I made this but I changed it up a bit, used tomato juice, extra can of broth, lots more seasoning, as this was a little bland, and I cooked the macaroni first, then added it."

    dzlegac User ID: 8234685 241751
    Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

    "I have never had a recipe for this but my husband has made the same soup for years, and we LOVE it. The recipe was unwritten and handed down from his mother, and was called "Hamberger soup." The only difference would be that he used fresh veges, although maybe none of us thought of using frozen. He also used some garlic powder and a few herbs - basil, oregano, or whatever he felt like adding that day. But the garlic was the key to making it GREAT! We served it with crackers and butter or garlic bread. I am basing the rating on this recipe with the inclusion of garlic. BTW, I don't believe we ever had leftovers."

    slocook805 User ID: 7734059 241739
    Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

    "A good base recipe to start from but bland as baby food as written. The first time I made this I knew instinctively it would need 2 cans of beef broth, not one and I doubled the macaroni, added 2 cloves of pressed garlic, a sprig of fresh thyme, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, a bay leaf and yes it did need some salt even with 2 cans of beef broth. A good glug of red wine gave it that slow hours long simmered taste. This makes a good hearty satisfying 2 portions when we are having just soup for dinner on a cold night. We have a couple of large bowls for just that purpose."

    KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 241733
    Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

    "As easy as this soup was to prepare, it needed MUCH more flavor! After reading the recipe, I added a large clove of garlic, and a handful of finely chopped (fresh) Italian parsley. I also (eyeballed) some dried oregano, basil, thyme & marjoram. Even so, it came out tasting like a 'doctored-up' version of a can of "Campbell's" soup. Incidentally, I NEVER add pasta (or rice) into a 'one pot' dish. I always cook it separately, drain & rinse it, and then mix in. I don't want the starch from my pasta or rice in my final dish - especially, since we're very carb conscious!"

    shereeder User ID: 1853566 241731
    Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

    "I think if you cook the macaroni before hand, it will save on the amount of liquids that need to be added. Also, it's been my experience that noodles should be cooked separately, then drained and rinsed to get the extra starch rinsed off. Otherwise, this soup sounds fantastic!!!"

    dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 220527
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

    "This was very quick and easy to make, but had very little flavor. Adding some salt helped a little, and I did not use low sodium broth. It also could have used more broth. It was more like a stew."

    Charlotte_Kap User ID: 8204906 217344
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

    "What if my family will not eat tomatoes? Can I bypass them or should I add tomato sauce? I really want to make this!"

    beachlovers88 User ID: 8204194 217302
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

    "I make this soup love it only thing is I use tomato juice instead od tomatoes."

    judybeal User ID: 8204126 217290
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

    "Very good on a cold night"

    nanniej-levittown User ID: 8162580 217283
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

    "i make this all of the time even good with chicken ...."

    jandol User ID: 4399735 217264
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

    "I added a can of BOLD Manwich, gives it a little kick"

    nightskystar User ID: 1034705 214707
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

    "Yummy soup!! I used alphabet pasta for fun in place of the macaroni"

    jdanz2010 User ID: 6202316 94194
    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

    "I added an extra can of broth but thought that made it have too much liquid, so I cooked up another half cup of noodles and added. Then I thought there were too many noodles. So next time I will make it with 2 cans of broth + 3/4 cup of noodles. That should do the trick. :) Husband loved it, went back for seconds and asked for leftovers in his lunch."

    LadyTwoSneeze User ID: 3161699 161873
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

    "Wish I had read the comments before I made it.... just followed the recipe because it sounded good, and yes, it could have used more liquid. Very tasty though. Good leftover/reheated too."

    Peets User ID: 6893509 116581
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

    "Very good! quick and super easy. I didn't have regular canned diced tomatoes. So I used a can of Rotel and it was really good a nice little kick, but not really spicy. But,it needed more broth, so next time I'll definitely add 2 cans of beef broth."

    pgill54 User ID: 5090804 162206
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

    "Good soup but it needed more beef broth"

    mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 94258
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

    "This simple, flavorful soup is excellent. I agree with others that you may want to add more broth to the soup and those who want a more savory taste can add any of a variety of spices. We added a little garlic powder (as per suggestion) and small amount of chipotle seasoning. Next time, we may try a little lemon pepper and rosemary. (We'll probably leave out the chipotle on that try, but it was very tasty this time!)"

    Prysmangel User ID: 5470575 116580
    Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

    "Absolutely LOVE this! Hubby and I love to cook it up on brisk cold days. I add a little bit of jalapeno's to spice it up a little bit. It is easy and VERY delicious!"

    gratefulservant_AZ User ID: 635512 66811
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

    "I like it but I doubled the tomatoes and broth and added minced onion, and garlic powder. Thought it would be too thick and not enough taste with only pepper for a spice. It is good, easy, and colorful and probably kid-friendly."

    uwjunkie User ID: 2657206 74903
    Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

    "This is phenomenal! I doubled the recipe and added green pepper and zucchini. Delicious and simple!"

    misspk User ID: 654703 162204
    Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

    "Definitely belongs under the title "SIMPLE & DELICIOUS" After making this soup the first time my husband saw the photo in the magazine and not only recognized it, but asked when I'd be making it again. Since I usually have all the ingredients on hand it will be prepared again soon and often. THANKS!"

    merry22 User ID: 2352575 100560
    Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

    "Very easy after a long day at work. I add an extra can of broth and extra noodles, as my kids like the macaroni. I also throw in garlic, red pepper, and a bay leaf."

    5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 116579
    Reviewed Feb. 13, 2009

    "This was a pretty decent soup. I always have these ingredients on hand (except for the beef broth, but I can substitute with beef bouillon) so that is always a plus. My children loved it, and they don't care much for soup. I will probably be making it often just for the fact they will eat it. One of them even asked if I could put leftovers in a thermos for school lunch. Thanks for the recipe."

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