My Grandmother had eight children. Needless to say she learned how to cook with a little bit of nothing and make do with what she had. This was and still is one of my favorite meals -- and super-simple! Cornbread is a perfect pair with this!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

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  • Place the bacon pieces and onion into a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat, and cook and stir until the onion is beginning to brown and the bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef bouillon cubes, water, garlic powder, onion powder, and cooked macaroni, and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

295 calories; protein 9.7g 19% DV; carbohydrates 25g 8% DV; fat 17.5g 27% DV; cholesterol 25.5mg 9% DV; sodium 1876.1mg 75% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2010
SO GOOD! Made this for dinner last night and absolutely loved it! Only thing I did differently was to add 2 tsp. sugar (the tomatoes I used were a little acidic) and I added 2 cloves of garlic and finally garnished with a sprinkle of feta cheese. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/02/2013
I wanted to like this. I definitely love the idea of it. It had WAY too much beef stock. It didn't even taste like tomato soup. I am going to give tomato soup another try (I'll even add the bacon and elbow macaroni). This just wasn't for me. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2010
SO GOOD! Made this for dinner last night and absolutely loved it! Only thing I did differently was to add 2 tsp. sugar (the tomatoes I used were a little acidic) and I added 2 cloves of garlic and finally garnished with a sprinkle of feta cheese. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2010
I followed this recipe as close as I could using organic tomato sauce organic diced tomatoes and because I was out of beef bouillon I used a can of Campbell's double strength beef broth and didn't add any extra water. After taste testing the soup I did add 1 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. basil 1 tbsp. brown sugar a little worchestershire sauce and a couple good shakes Frank's hot sauce. That's all personal taste but as a base this is a cost-effective hearty soup that made a great dinner paired with cuban midnight sandwiches. Thanks! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2010
I absolutely loved this recipe! This was so yummy and will be made often in my house. I don't like bouillon cubes personally so I used beef broth instead of cubes and water. I also think I would've liked the bacon crispier than what I had but I think that was completely operator error. Very good soup - thank you for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2011
delish! The only change I made was to add black pepper and italian seasoning because the broth was a bit bland without it. I will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2012
Realy enjoyed this soup - will be a great winter meal. Used up the leftover ham on bone from Xmas and all the surplus tomatoes from the summer crop and did a double batch to freeze away for the winter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2012
Delicious! We really liked this and it heated up well the next day in the microwave. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/02/2013
I wanted to like this. I definitely love the idea of it. It had WAY too much beef stock. It didn't even taste like tomato soup. I am going to give tomato soup another try (I'll even add the bacon and elbow macaroni). This just wasn't for me. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2012
Big hit for a grilled cheese & soup supper! I left out the pasta because I did not want a filling soup but could easily add it to the plentiful leftovers. I was able to use sauce that I had frozen from homegrown tomatoes which gave this soup a very fresh taste. Looking forward to lunch tomorrow! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2012
This was great and took about 20 minutes to assemble. I did everything as written except I used a bag of bacon bits instead of regular bacon. It's much easier that way. Read More
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