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Old Fashioned beef, tomato and macaroni soup
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Old Fashioned Beef & Macaroni Soup

Old-fashioned beef & tomato macaroni soup just like grandma use to make! Top with cheese and serve with crackers!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword beef tomato, cabbage soup, goulash, macaroni soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 -6 servings
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup onions diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef Use a good quality
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes I use basil, oregano, garlic flavor
  • 29 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar enough to balance out the tartness of tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni prepared al dente and drained.
  • Cheddar cheese shredded (topping)


  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and saute until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Stir in ground beef. (season beef with salt and pepper if desired)
  • When beef is cooked, drain off the excess fat.
  • Pour in the beef broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. (It should taste good enough to eat as is)
  • Let sauce simmer for 20 minutes (I usually prepare the pasta at this time.)
  • Add cooked macaroni to the soup.
  • Ladled soup into bowls.
  • Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese