Made for Spring PAC 2008. This was good and easy to make. I did change it up a bit as I thought it had too much liquid for our tastes. I used 2 pounds of meat, 3 quarts of water, 6 ounces of tomato paste and a pound of orzo pasta. I followed the rest of the recipe as written. It was tasty and something different for us.
This recipe sounded just like Beef Macaroni Soup I enjoyed when I was a kid. The ingredients (using a bit less water) were just the right fit for a 5 quart crockpot which is an easier way to make soup anyway. I couldn't find "Orzo" shells, so I used Medium shells....also used frozen carrots and added a 14.5 oz jar of Del Monte Garden Select Petite Diced Tomatoes. I used 2 1/2 pounds of round steaks because they are leaner than chuck and the package of steak I had was larger than what the recipe called for ...of course, MORE meat is always better. When I came home after work I boiled the pasta, and added it to the crockpot with a few tablespoons of Italian Hot Sauce and a handful of shredded Mozzarella Cheese. I topped off our servings with a few seasoned bread crumbs and some chopped Spring onions, and served it with a salad I prepared while the pasta was cooking. This soup did not need any salt. It was outstanding. My soup and salad dinner was spectacular with a glass of Chardonnay on the side...definite comfort food. This recipe has been added to my offline cookbook as an item that will be repeated often.