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!

Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup | Cooking Classy

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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4.93 from 28 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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  • Marian Lincoln

    I’ve been making a version of this for more than 50 years. I never had put carrots in it and my family never bothered draining off the ” fat or grease” from the hamburger as we BELIEVE meat with “NO” fat in it is as tasteless as dust. Properly marbled meat is far SUPERIOR IN FLAVOR and texture than EXTRA lean. It also is missing a number of nutrients our bodies need and get from MEAT…such as Vitamins C, D , B, & E.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      It may work in a slow cooker but without testing I couldn’t say for sure on modifications.

  • Donald Robert Kelly

    I rated this recipe with a 5. The meal was fantastic.

    I am looking for recipes with less sodium. What do you suggest?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I would recommend making modifications such as using unsalted canned ingredients and reducing amounts of salt added if it is listed. Unfortunately I don’t have a group of low sodium recipes I could direct you to, but many of them should be easy to modify.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Sherri Nash

    Enjoyed this tonight. We watch our sodium so exchanged the beef broth for unsalted and one of the tomato sauces for unsalted crushed tomatoes. It was really good so I know the original recipe would have been even more amazing. There are two of us and we have plenty left for another day. Thank you for the great recipe.

  • Gail

    Excellent, flavourful soup! I cooked the macaroni separately and then added it to the other soup ingredients….and only used one garlic clove.

    Second time making this soup, and will make it again……(it’s a long winter up here :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

  • David Y.

    This is an EXCELLENT recipe. The only thing I did different is I added an extra cup of beef broth because I wanted a bit more liquid in mine, and I added just a little bit of chopped celery. It’s definitely easily customizable to your taste. I’m glad I found this!