16th May 2021

Goan Macaroni Soup

Goan Macaroni Soup

The Goan Macaroni Soup is a simple soup made in a broth of just onions, tomatoes and tiny chopped potatoes. The macaroni provides the bulk to the soup and hence the soup is good enough to have as a light dinner meal too. I have used macaroni and unroasted vermicelli for this preparation but you could use some other too, like alphabet macaroni. This soup was commonly made in most Goan households as mid-morning snack for kids or to combat early evening hunger pangs. (For a modified Chinese type version of this soup, click here)

Serves: 4 to 6 Persons

Prep. Time: 15 Mins.

Cooking Time: 25 to 30 Mins.


  • Chicken Stock (click here) – 1.5 litres (see note below)
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Potato (peeled, chopped into 1 x ½ cm bits) – medium sized
  • Macaroni – ½ cup
  • Unroasted Vermicelli – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Salt – to taste

Step 1:     Soak the macaroni and vermicelli for 10 minutes with water just enough to cover it. Deseed the tomatoes and chop as shown in the picture.

Step 2:     Heat the oil in a pot and then add the onions and sauté till translucent.

Step 3:     Next add the tomatoes and sauté till they are well fried and ooze oil (see note below).

Step 4:     Add potatoes and sauté for a minute.

Step 5:     Add 6 cups (1.5 litres) of warm chicken stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 6:     Drain and add the macaroni and the vermicelli and check for salt. Add if required. Simmer till the macaroni is done. Serve hot.


  • To use stock cubes, dissolve 2 to 3 of them in 1 ½ litre hot water and then use.
  • The tomato needs to be well fried as this is what lends a distinct taste to this soup.
  • You can also add finely chopped cabbage and carrots at Step 4.
  • Soaking the macaroni reduces the cooking time.


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