Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup


You may remember this as “Goulash” or “Cowboy Delight” but lets be honest, what kind of names are those for a dinner meal? Definitely not the classiest, but that doesn’t really matter I guess does it? What really matters is that this is one hundred percent, homestyle comfort food right here. Just like what mom used to make. I have been craving this stuff for years and everyone has always laughed and said “wait you like that stuff?” Yes, I love the stuff and I was out to prove it can be delicious, so today I’m sharing my version that’s a step up from some of the sugary ketchup versions your mom may have made :).

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Also, if you are like me and can’t resist, feel free to stir in some frozen corn during the last few minutes of cooking to keep it authentic. This is a meal your whole family really will love. This is people food. Yes I love a really fancy meal on occasion but more than anything I just love the classics.



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Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup

5 from 12 votes

Yield: About 5 servings


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion (1 small)1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme (or 3/4 tsp dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups (5.6 oz) dry small elbow pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (optional)
  • Fresh chopped parsley and finely grated parmesan cheese , for serving


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Pour mixture onto a plate.
  2. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in pot over medium-high heat, add beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned. Drain fat from beef.
  3. Return sauteed veggies to pot along with beef broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Worcestershire, marjoram, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Add in pasta, cover and reduce heat to medium,. Boil stirring occasionally, until pasta has cooked through, about 15 - 20 minutes. If adding corn, stir in corn during last 3 minutes of cooking.
  4. Remove bay leaves, serve warm garnished with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • ATasteOfMadness: I have been looking for recipes to use up my ground beef, and I think this is the recipe for me! This looks amazing! February 3, 2015 at 8:41pm Reply

  • Jeanette: Looks amazing! Simple and nutritious. February 3, 2015 at 3:37pm Reply

  • Char Riippi: We have loved every soup we’ve tried from your site so looking forward to making this one.
    We like goulash so don’t think we can go wrong. February 3, 2015 at 3:08pm Reply

  • Jacqui: This sounds pretty good. I have been on a soup kick lately. February 3, 2015 at 7:07am Reply

  • April @ Girl Gone Gourmet: I never get tired of childhood favorites like this – there are memories and emotions tied up in dishes like these. Growing up we would have had something like this after a day of skiing or sledding, although my mom’s version wasn’t as pretty as yours- looks delicious! February 3, 2015 at 6:19am Reply

  • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden: I honestly don’t know how essentually you made a ghoulish soup look like the most delicious thing on the planet, but you did. I would have never pulled that off! My hat goes off to you. February 3, 2015 at 5:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura, I was definitely nervous about it but luckily they turned out ok :). February 5, 2015 at 5:48pm Reply

  • Olivia – Primavera kitchen: I love all you soup and stew recipes. They are so colorful, flavorful and beautiful. This one is definitely a great choice for weeknight dinner this time of the year. Thanks for sharing it :-) February 3, 2015 at 5:18am Reply

  • Leslie: I loved making this when I was little & even now. I like doing it when I was little because mom would let me make dinner while she supervised. Yum, now I want some! February 2, 2015 at 5:57pm Reply

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