This recipe is an old time family favorite, although, I am sure that some of you have a similar recipe floating around your family too. My dad use to make this almost every Sunday night while I was growing up, especially during the winter months. It was quick and easy and ALWAYS DELICIOUS! After I got married, I missed my dad's yummy Sunday night dinners so thats when I started making Macaroni Soup for my own family. It's never as good as my Dad's, but my family loves it none-the-less. My dad is an awesome cook (along with his many other wonderful talents), he never ceases to amaze me with his cooking abilities and the wonderful things he is always creating! Whip this soup up for dinner tonight. It's extremely tasty and is an awesome "winter comfort food!"
2 1/2 c. uncooked macaroni noodles....cook according to package instructions
1 lb. ground beef....cooked and drained (I've used ground turkey before too...its just as good)
1 medium onion, optional (if you add onion, cook it in with your meat)
46 oz. can tomato JUICE
2 t. season salt
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
pepper to taste
1 cube butter or margarine (do NOT use margarine spread from a tub...it's not the same)
grated cheese, your favorite kind (we've used cheddar, colby jack, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack...all of which are yummy)
Mix cooked noodles, cooked ground meat and tomato juice in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Add butter and seasonings, stir until butter is melted. Remove from stove and serve. Top each bowl with a desired amount of grated cheese. Eat up!