My Mom's Old Fashioned Macaroni Soup

Robyn Bruce Recipe

By Robyn Bruce Robyn1757

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20 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top

My mom is now 91 years old. She grew up during the depression era and she was one of 12 children. Obviously, they had to invent ways to feed a huge family on a shoe string budget. Her mom would make a great big pot of this soup to fill all those hungry little bellies. It's great tasting and makes a good sized pot. I raised my son making this soup and he loves it to this day. I also like to use it to carry lunches to work.

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1 1/2 lb
ground beef
medium onion, chopped
1 lb. can of whole tomatoes, chopped (don't drain, you'll need the juice)
15 or 16 oz. can tomato sauce
2 qt
beef bouillon cubes
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
2 Tbsp
fresh parsley or dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp
celery seed
1/8 tsp
black pepper
1-1/2 c
dry macaroni

Directions Step-By-Step

In dutch oven, brown hamburger and onions. When done, spoon off drippings and discard.

Add tomatoes and juice, tomato sauce, water, bouillon cubes and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer. Simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

When done, add macaroni and cook over medium heat 20 additional minutes or until macaroni is done.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Soups
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American

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Karen Batt PuyallupFoodie
Nov 22, 2011
I grew up in Southern California with a girl named Robin whose mom made this every week. I loved it and happy to have the recipe, Thanx for sharing!
Robyn Bruce Robyn1757
Nov 22, 2011
Karen, you are more than welcome! My mom is 91 years old now and had a stroke about a year and a half ago. She is paralyzed on her left side and has to live in a nursing home. She grew up during the great depression. There were 12 children. This is one of the many recipes that they made back in the day to "stretch" food in order to fill everyone's bellies up. Not such a far cry from what we are all experiencing in our current economy. Not only is it delicious, but it is very filling and when I make it, I end up being able to eat off a pot of it for several days, can take it for lunches to work, etc. The beauty of this recipe is that it is not terribly expensive to make and you get a ton of meals out of it. I hope you enjoy it!