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Potluck Pasta Soup

In an attempt to duplicate a soup served at an Italian restaurant, I came up with this recipe. Friends and family are willing dinner guests when it's on the menu. —Marilyn Foss, Beaverton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 25 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings (5 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1-1/2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained


  • In a stockpot, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, tomato sauce, soup mix, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  • Stir in macaroni and beans; heat through. Discard bay leaves.
To reduce preparation time when making Potluck Pasta Soup, chop the carrots, celery and onion early in the day or even the night before. Store in separate plastic bags in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 136 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 376mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • 1Revelation
    Jan 10, 2015

    Everyone who has this soup loves it!!! Great for serving family and friends.

  • toolbarsco
    Nov 24, 2014

    This IS a great soup for a potluck! It makes a huge amount. I like that it is loaded with so many vegetables. I only gave it 4 stars because the taste was a bit bland, but overall its a good recipe for a crowd.Update: I played around with this recipe--the bland taste was really bugging me. I added red cayenne pepper, more black pepper and garlic salt. It really helped.

  • lowcarbmargie
    Sep 25, 2008

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