Goulash Soup – Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup

February 2, 2015

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Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup is one of the most comforting soups out there! It’s filled with flavorful,  pieces of grounnd beef, sweet tomatoes, hearty macaroni and a herbed broth. Destined to become a dinnertime staple!

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Goulash Soup

This soup is just like what we had as kids called “Goulash” or “Cowboy Delight” in soup form. And 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 :).

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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4.96 from 25 votes

Goulash Soup - Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup

Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup is one of the most comforting soups out there! It's filled with flavorful,  pieces of grounnd beef, sweet tomatoes, hearty macaroni and a herbed broth. Destined to become a dinnertime staple!
Servings: 5
Prep15 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Ready in: 55 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove bay leaves, serve warm garnished with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Goulash Soup - Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 1022mg44%
Potassium 1629mg47%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 4985IU100%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Jenica Price

    I have a vegetarian at home. Would using vegetable broth make a noticeable difference?

  • Ashlee

    So good! I didn’t add marjoram because I didn’t have it and mine wasn’t very liquid-y but maybe because I had the boil too high. Regardless, it was good and we enjoyed it! Thank you!😊

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      So glad you liked it Ashlee! It may be runny with variances in pasta brands or maybe if you let it sit longer it will thicken up.

  • Olivia

    Delicious! Just make sure to drain the fat! I made this in my instant pot and completely forgot to drain the fat, made the broth quite fatty. The actual recipe is scrumptious and super easy though!

  • Allie

    This is my new favorite soup. I’ve made this 5 times or more. It is on my monthly rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole

    I have been making your recipe for a few years now. My family absolutely loves it! My husband says he could eat this every day! Thank you for a great, delicious and easy recipe!!

  • Jennifer Torrez

    Can I just say, that ever since I got married…I finally took up an interest in learning how to cook because if there is any act of love that lightens up my husband’s face more than anything else….it’s food! I would find random recipes here and there and I noticed that some of my recipes that would come out amazing had one thing in common…they would come from this very website. This website is literally my bookmark page for when I go grocery shopping. I just surf on here and find what I’m looking for. Your recipes are easy, simple, and if they have extra steps they are so nicely laid out. The graphics, visuals, accessibility about your website and brand are THE TRUTH! Thank you so much <3 My insta pretty much consists of all your recipes :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks so much for your kind words Jennifer! I’m so glad to hear you’ve had success with my recipes! I hope you continue to find many more you love! :)

  • Tom K.

    If you’re watching your cholesterol or red meat intake this is fantastic substituting portobello mushrooms for the beef just chop up the big ones and the size of hamburger bits

  • Rebecca

    This was absolutely lovely. Just one suggestion; it would be helpful if you included the nutritional information for your recipes.

    • Phyllis

      Delicious! Big hit! My husband and I both loved it. It had a really good taste. Saving the recipe and will definitely make again.