Authentic American Chop Suey

Authentic American Chop Suey

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes


4 people

Not quite a new recipe, but when was the last time you made this time-honored classic for your family? Sure, many of us have had the thickened, cheesy “eat with a fork” preparation of the same name and probably most of you like it.

I have enjoyed it as well! But what truly brings back memories of the classic New England comfort food is the way it is meant to be made. I didn’t care for it as a child because my father would add larger than life chunks of peppers and onions to the mix. But as an adult, it is “wicked” good!

So grab a large spoon and dig into this subtle Italian spiced pasta dish, close your eyes, and harken back to when your mother or grandmother made it… it won’t take long.


  • 1/2 box (1 pound) elbow macaroni
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 6-8 ounces ground beef
  • 1 (28-ounce) can stewed or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, optional*
  • 1 teaspoon each oregano, garlic powder and sugar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • 1 Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside while still in colander to completely dry.
  • 2 Halve, core and dice green pepper and add to a large saucepan with the oil. Peel and dice the onion, also adding to pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp tender.
  • 3 Add beef, mix well to break up and continue stirring and cooking until ground beef is cooked through; drain well.
  • 4 Make sure canned tomatoes are well crushed and add(with liquid)to burger mixture along with all spices.
  • 5 Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add macaroni, stir to combine well and let cook an additional couple minutes to bring it up to temperature. Remove from heat to serve hot.


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