Monday, October 14, 2013

American Chop Suey

            When I was growing up my mom would make this maybe once every two weeks.
             It was my fathers favorite meal. Pure comfort food and a meal that brings back
             fond memories. I hope when my children grow up they will look back on the
                       dinners I make and have great memories of their childhood.

                American Chop Suey is a Pasta Dish that is most prevalent in New England.

                                                               American Chop Suey

                                                              1 box elbow macaroni
                                                              1 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey
                                                              1 green bell pepper, diced
                                                              1 large onion, chopped
                                                              4 garlic cloves, minced
                                                              2 ( 15 ounce ) cans tomato sauce
                                                              2 ( 15 ounce ) cans diced tomatoes
                                                              2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
                                                              1 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                              1/2 teaspoon onion powder
                                                              1 teaspoon italian seasoning
                                                              1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
                                                              salt and pepper
     1) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta and drain.
     2) Meanwhile, while the pasta is boiling. Place onion, pepper and garlic in the pan and
    cook 5 minutes. Add beef and cook until beef is browned and onions are soft. Add all
    of the spices, mix well and add worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
    Cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Add noodles to pasta.

                   Serve with sour cream, fresh herbs and a loaf of crusty garlic bread.


  1. Talk about comfort in a bowl. YUM

  2. This looks so much like something my mom cookd when we were growing up.

  3. Yum! I would love this! I'll have to give this a try.

  4. Oh Val... you're killing me! I'm trying to do the 30 day Paleo challenge and this recipe is not helping me. Will bookmark as a reward once I finish ;)

  5. We ate meals like this growing up too! My mom called it goulash. I haven't made anything like it since probably college, but now you make me want this! :) Definitely great comfort food. Takes me back...

  6. I love how meals make memories. Comfort food for sure, yum!

  7. i don't think i have ever eaten this dish it is more of an east coast dish right? it looks yummy and pretty easy to make!

  8. mmm this looks good!! we use a lot of similar ingredients for our spaghetti (defiantly comfort food!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  9. yum!! that sounds and looks delicious!

  10. I make a similar version of this often too….it definitely is a staple around here! Your styling is so beautiful…..I love your food photos!!!

  11. Isn't it amazing how food and memories go hand in hand? Love this!

  12. I love chop suey just wish the name was different:) i know I am weird like that! this looks delicious and perfect for my boys

  13. Yum. that looks mouth-watering!

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  15. This is comfort food at its best! I definitely have to try it soon. :)

  16. Yummy
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  17. I've been wanting to make this and now I will! Thanks!!

  18. Oh my goodness I have never ever made chop suey! Thank you for this idea. Can't wait to try it and my girls will love just saying the name "chop suey!" :)

  19. I love an old family recipe like this one. It totally looks like something that would have been on our dinner table when I was growing up. I know my boys would love it!

  20. They used to make this at least once a week or once every other week in high school (our cafeteria was run by the culinary department, I went to a trade high school, so our food was a little better than standard crappy school food anyway) and it was one of my favorite things. So happy to have found this!

  21. We used to eat this a lot growing up too, but we called it Goulash. I live in the Midwest, so it must be just a regional thing for the different names :) Your recipe looks yummy though! I haven't had this in years so I'll have to try it.


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