9th July 2024

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.

Preparation of Goan Macaroni Soup
Preparation of Goan Macaroni Soup

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

Preparation of Goan Macaroni Soup

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

Preparation of Goan Macaroni Soup
Preparation of Goan Macaroni Soup

Step 4:     Add potatoes and sauté for a minute.

Preparation of Goan Macaroni Soup

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.
Goan Macaroni Soup


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