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This is the chili soup we grew up with. It has beef and beans and plenty of
macaroni noodles too! 
bowl of chili with pasta in it and cheese on top

      Believe it or not, this soup is what we knew as chili
growing up.  Of course, the chili I make for the football watching crew
these days is quite a bit different than this.  But you can certainly see
why a mom with 6 hungry kids would whip up this more kid friendly version.
 A mild chili flavor with just enough beans to make it a complete meal and
plenty of macaroni to make it kid friendly makes it accessible to everyone.

      Of course we knew the difference between chili and this,
that is why this was always chili soup and chili was just chili.  We used
to eat a lot of chili soup and not much chili.

pot with ground beef, onions and chopped bell peppers inside

      Now we eat a lot of chili, but every once in a while you
still need to break out some chili soup.  When you do, be sure to have
oyster crackers and cheese on hand.  It’s the only way to fix it!

     You want to know the funny thing about chili soup?  If
you put a lot of macaroni in it, like I normally do, the leftovers are
practically goulash.

spoonful of chili mac soup being lifted out of pot

     The pasta soaks up a lot of the “juice” and magically it
turns into something new.  Voila!  It’s like a whole different second
meal with no extra effort.

    I will have to ask my mom to confirm, but I am pretty sure this is
the chili she grew up with as well.  I know she refers to it as Maw-Maw’s
recipe, so that has to be the case!  No matter where the recipe came from,
it is sure to be a budge friendly family pleaser on a cold day.

      We always make this with elbow macaroni noodles. Then the
day I was in the mood to make it for the blog, I went to the pantry to grab a
box and guess what… no elbows!

bowl of chili soup with pasta in it

      I was heartbroken and discouraged and almost scrapped the
plan to make chili mac, but decided to persevere in the face of adversity. So I
forged on with rotini instead. Though it still tasted good, it just wasn’t the
same.

More recipes from Maw-Maw: 

Maw-Maw’s Lamb Curry is a simple curry recipe loosely based on Indian curry.  It is a warm and comforting fall or winter meal that is great over rice.

Maw-Maw’s One Pan Scalloped Potatoes and Pork Chops is another great comfort food meal.  The pork chops bake right on top of the scalloped potatoes and both give such great flavor to the other.  All you need is a vegetable and dinner is done!

Maw-Maw’s American Cheese Lasagna is definitely different than you classic lasagna, but oh so good.  It would be fun to have your family be surprised by what is inside!
bowl of chili mac ready to eat
    For another fun pasta filled soup idea, try making
taco soup in the instant pot. It is family friendly and super easy to make!

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Yield: 12 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
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Maw-Maw's Chili Mac Soup

Maw-Maw’s Chili Mac Soup

Believe it or not, this soup is what we knew as chili growing up. Of course, the chili I make for the football watching crew these days is quite a bit different than this. But you can certainly see why a mom with 6 hungry kids would whip up this more kid friendly version. A mild chili flavor with just enough beans to make it a complete meal and plenty of macaroni to make it kid friendly makes it accessible to everyone.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • Optional: small green onion, diced
  • 6 oz macaroni noodles (or shape of your choice)

Instructions:

  1. In a large stock pot, cook the ground beef, onions and green pepper (if using) with a bit of salt and pepper until meat is brown and onions are soft.
  2. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder and tomato juice. Simmer for at least a half hour or as long as you’d like. Be sure to stir occasionally.
  3. Bring to a boil and stir in pasta. Cook to your liking using the instructions on the box to estimate time required.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese and oyster crackers, if desired.

Calories

213.23

Fat (grams)

7.77

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.73

Carbs (grams)

19.17

Fiber (grams)

4.02

Net carbs

15.15

Sugar (grams)

3.98

Protein (grams)

17.04

Sodium (milligrams)

877.97

Cholesterol (grams)

33.64

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

We sure have enjoyed featuring your special post on Full Plate Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and have a fantastic day! Miz Helen

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Saturday 19th of January 2019

I'm making this now, Carlee, but adapting it to what I have on hand. It will be a welcome bowl tonight. I started it in my Instant Pot, and put it on slow cook to finish it up.

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

That is one of my favorite things about soups, they are so easily adaptable! I hope it is wonderful!

Jan

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Oh my goodness, this looks so comforting!!!

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

It is so warm and yummy! Thanks, Jan!

[email protected] Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Thursday 17th of January 2019

This sounds wonderful, Carlee, and so comforting for a wintertime meal. Thank you for sharing!

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

It is definitely a perfect dinner for a cold day. Thank you!

myrecipetreasuers

Thursday 10th of January 2019

I am going to try this recipe and see if my son that is so picky will eat it. Maybe I can disguise the beans with the noodles! It looks so amazing!

Carlee

Monday 21st of January 2019

Hopefully he likes it enough to not complain about the beans!