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Beefy Bean Soup

This quick and filling soup from Carolyn Burbidge of makes a bunch, but it won’t last long! The reader from Bountiful, Utah says, “The leftovers are even better the next day. I love it because we get two hearty meals out of one short cooking session.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, celery, onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add to tomato mixture. Stir in beans; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 225 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 1091mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • ginadye
    Jan 24, 2016

    This was terrible! The tomato puree taste was over powering! Now I'm trying to find a way to alter it to use up the leftovers! I would not make this again.

  • mbcdownes
    Jan 21, 2016

    The tomato sauce taste is too strong and it is way too salty. Don't waste your time on this recipe.

  • pajamaangel
    Jan 6, 2015

    Though mine came out more like a goulash than a soup, it was good. I did have to add a little more seasoning to the dish as it was cooking. The canned tomato taste was just a bit too prevalent. Turned out nicely in the end.

  • Kcam87
    Sep 9, 2014

    This soup was a complete fail. The taste of the canned tomatoe puree was too over powering. I let it simmer for almost an hour hoping to tone down the taste of canned tomatoe but to no avail. I even added more beef broth to it. My family said the taste reminded them of spaghetti O's. We ended up having a pizza night.

  • Queenlalisa
    Jul 17, 2013

    Yum Yum Yum! I love soup! I have made this twice and once I used a can of Italian tomatoes and it was even better.

  • sharonraburn
    Jun 13, 2010

    Very good my husband said now that is even better then the soup we buy when we eat out. thanks for sharing... will make it again..

  • denimcowgirl
    May 25, 2010

    Easy to prepare and was well liked by my family! Will definitely be making this recipe again! The leftovers are really good the next day :D

  • asavage
    Mar 23, 2009

    I absolutely agree with the first comment. It is so fast to make too and easy to adapt. I used ground turkey and chicken broth instead of beef as it was what I had on hand. And it was fabulous.

  • Lonipop
    Jan 16, 2008

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  • jerihubbard
    Dec 5, 2007

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