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Unique Macaroni Soup Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Tired of constantly making rice for every meal? Try these top Macaroni Soup ideas for your next lunch or dinner.

When we talk about macaroni noodles, the first thing that pops into our mind are elbow-shaped noodles we use in Macaroni Soup or Mac & Cheese. Although synonymous with the term macaroni, it may come as a surprise to many that the term macaroni refers to a wide range of dry pasta noodles.

In Italy, as well as a few other countries, "machheroni” refers to straight, tubular, pasta that is square ended. Meanwhile, federal regulations in the US consider different shapes of pasta — including spaghetti — as a product categorized under macaroni.

To avoid confusion, many refer to pasta based on the name given to a certain shape. Regardless of the shape, pasta dishes, including soups remain one of the most popular choices for busy folks. Aside from being filling, pasta noodles are quick to cook and are a good source of energy. If you find yourself always pressed for time, we’ve got you covered with these Macaroni Soup ideas that will last you days.

The Best Macaroni Soup Ideas You Can Cook at Home in Minutes

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Filipino meals are composed of two major things, a viand (usually proteins) and rice. Suggesting lighter options like sandwiches, pasta, or soups will be met with much confusion. Not to mention that our usual idea of sabaw is a light broth that accompanies other dishes. However, there are lots of Macaroni Soup recipes designed to be very filling. Here are a week’s worth of healthy macaroni soup dishes you can easily make even after a long day of working.

Chicken Macaroni Soup

First on the list is the classic Chicken Sopas, a Pinoy favorite. Chicken Macaroni Soup is served on rainy days, birthdays, fiestas, and even on Christmas depending on family traditions. The sopas is an easy recipe that many of us know by heart. But no shame if this dish isn’t something you normally cook, we’ve got an easy to follow Chicken Sopas or Beef Sopas recipe you can follow. For families who are fond of creamy soups, try adding evaporated milk or cream into the broth.

No time to make ravioli? You can simply substitute this with any macaroni pasta noodle you have on hand too! Complete your lycopene-rich dish and serve it alongside yummy Cheese Bacon Pandesal

Ravioli Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup isn’t commonly found in Filipino menus. Nevertheless, we do have several stews like Kaldereta, Mechado, and Afritada that have tomatoes as a major component in the sauce. Why not try incorporating sweet and tangy tomatoes into macaroni soups? If you’ve enjoyed stuffed ravioli pasta dishes, consider making Tomato Soup with Italian dumplings in it.

No time to make ravioli? You can simply substitute this with any macaroni pasta noodle you have on hand too! Complete your lycopene-rich dish and serve it alongside yummy Cheese Bacon Pandesal

Cheeseburger Soup

Who doesn’t like a good Cheeseburger? Adult or child, having burger for dinner sounds like a sinful treat. Surprise your family by turning your favorite homemade Burger Patties into a soup dish.

Instead of forming round discs to make your patties, crumble it up and add it to your go-to tomato-based Macaroni Soup recipe. Don’t have one? A quick fix is to buy a can of pre-made soup, enhance this by adding Knorr Beef Cubes. You only need one because you get the full flavor of a kilo of beef in just a single bouillon. Mix in your sautéed burger meat, choice veggies, and macaroni noodles. Finish by topping with some grated quick melt cheese.

Minestrone Soup

A thick Italian soup filled with nutritious vegetables, Minestrone often includes rice or pasta. The addition of either carbohydrate source produces a soup dish that satisfies hungry tummies. Make it for dinner and take any leftovers to work the next day for a hearty lunch. The secret to our delicious tasting Minestrone Soup is Knorr Liquid Seasoning which brings all the umami goodness in every bite.

Wedding Soup

No, the soup has nothing to do with wedding celebrations but if you want to serve it at your upcoming nuptials we say, go for it! This Italian soup got its name thanks to the beautiful marriage of flavors that the meat and greens bring to the dish. Made with chicken stock, this clear broth soup contains carrots, spinach, parsley, chicken pieces, pasta and meatballs. If your family loves meaty dishes, this one will be an instant hit!

Sopa de Fideo

Also known as Mexican Noodle Soup, the dish uses only 7 ingredients. The best part? You get to enjoy dinner in a little over 20 minutes from start to finish. A quick and easy soup to put together, Sopa de Fideo is very much like the Chicken Noodle Soup, except the former is vegetarian friendly.

If you prefer it with proteins, then a quick hack is to pick up a packet of Knorr Chicken Noodle Soup. Turn it into this Mexican classic by adding a few other key ingredients like dried oregano, bay leaf, and tomato sauce. 

Creamy Macaroni Soup with Beef Stroganoff

Rice meals rank high on our diet, but pasta follows at a close second. Which is why a dish like Beef Stroganoff has been enjoyed as both a viand and as a pasta dish. Now, let’s change this up a little by adding broth and pasta noodles to the basic Beef Stroganoff recipe. Make it more appealing to the kids by using fun shaped macaroni noodles or colorful veggies.

Debunking Most Common Pasta Cooking Myths 

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Depending on which tita you ask, you will hear about their best methods for cooking pasta. Unfortunately, even the most seasoned home cooks commit a few blunders that pros have long been trying to correct. Of all the myths out there, here are 5 of the most common mistakes made when making pasta.

Myth #1: Oil in the pasta water

They say this method can keep the noodles from sticking together. As it turns out, adding oil can in fact do more harm than good. Every time we add oil to our pasta, it causes our delicious sauces to slide right off.

Myth #2: Salt helps speed up the boiling process

Scientifically, adding salt to your boiling water does increase the boiling point of the liquid. But adding too much will end you up with overly salted pasta. You need at least 3 tablespoons per litre of water to achieve quicker cooking time. So, always season your pasta water, but only to lightly season the noodles.

Myth #3: Always rinse off pasta in cold water

Wash your macaroni pasta noodles only if you are using it for salads. Otherwise, leave it alone. You need the starch-y goodness that melds with the sauce — allowing it to stick to the noodles better. The same applies for when you are using macaroni to make soups. You want the stock to adhere so that each bite is bursting with flavors.

Myth #4: All types of pasta cook at the same time

Spaghetti noodles cook somewhere around 8-10 minutes. Shorter types like penne or bow ties will cook for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, freshly made pasta can be done in under 5 minutes. Always read the packaging for cooking instructions instead of following the standard cooking time to ensure al dente pasta every time.

Myth #5: Fresh pasta is the better than dried

Here’s the deal, neither is better than the other. This is because certain dishes and sauces work better with a particular kind of pasta. The consensus is, if you are cooking with heavier sauces, use sturdier dried pasta noodles. Freshly made pasta is perfect for lighter and more delicate sauces. Be it scratch made or store bought, the pastabilities are endless!

The thought of cooking just Macaroni Soup for main meals makes a lot of cooking mommas worried about its nutritional value. Don’t worry! Homestyle soups like Knorr Chicken Noodle Soup is a quick way to feed the family with nutritious meals. It’s made with real chicken and natural ingredients without artificial preservatives. Not only does this soup pair well with a lot of fried dishes, but it can also be supplemented with hefty vegetable staples. It doesn’t cost much time and money to enjoy nourishing and delicious meals! 

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