Monday, March 28, 2011

American Chop Suey

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a pretty good weekend it just went by way too fast.  Anyway today I have my recipe for American Chop Suey, now I am sure my friends that are not from New England might not know what this is, its like a goulash according to my husband.  I will just take his word for it since I have called this American Chop Suey my whole life.  So here is my version of this dish that has been made my whole life by my mother and grandmother.  


1-2 cups of macaroni
1 large onion chopped
1 large bell pepper chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 jar of spaghetti sauce or you can make and use your own
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 pound of ground beef or you can use turkey or chicken
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
half a jar of water I will explain this step


In a large pot with a lid add the extra virgin olive oil and add your chopped veggies.  Then add the garlic and ground beef.  Let them cook on medium heat (number 5) and break the meat up with a spoon or a spatula.  When the meat is cooked through depending on what that fat content is in your meat you will want to drain it.  If its a ground chuck you have to drain off the fat.  I use extra lean ground beef and it gives off very little fat so I dont drain it.  From here add your diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and take the jar of spaghetti sauce when the contents are emptied  into the pot and add water to it put the water into the pot and add your macaroni.  Cover for about 30-45 minutes checking about every 5 -10 minutes to stir so the macaroni wont stick to the bottom.  When the macaroni has absorbed all the liquid and is cooked, your ready to eat.  Sprinkle the parsley over the top for color and serve.  You can add a side salad and garlic bread or add veggies as a side.  It makes great left overs since its even better the next day.  
I forgot I add about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the spaghetti sauce, it adds a rich and deep flavor without added calories.   
I hope you have a wonderful Monday everyone, live, laugh and love.

Update:  I recently made a video of this using roasted tomatoes from our garden, the above recipe you could use if you do not have time to roast the tomatoes.  Also I used different spices in the video than this recipe.  Basically American chop suey is so versatile that any combination of spices and herbs will make it wonderful.  Here is the video enjoy!

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