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One-Pot American Chop Suey

Whether you call it American Chop Suey or Goulash, this dish is sure to please both the kids and adults at your dinner table. You'll be happy because this is truly a one-pot recipe that is ready to serve in about 40 minutes. How great is that?

You'll love that this recipe makes enough to feed at least eight people.  That makes it perfect for a family dinner or to eat now and freeze for later.

American Chop Suey

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Whether you call it American Chop Suey or Goulash, this dish is sure to please both the kids and adults at your dinner table.

American Chop Suey is a bowl of comfort brought to you by the tasty combination of ground beef, elbow macaroni. tomato sauce and Italian seasoning.   The only thing in this recipe that links this dish to chop suey is a few tablespoons of soy sauce for depth of flavor.

American Chop Suey

I make my American Chop Suey in my Ninja Cooking System using the stovetop setting, but it can easily be made in a large pot on the stove. I like using the Ninja Cooking System because I often make this for family dinners and switch to the buffet setting after it is done cooking to keep it warm for seconds.  

The recipe is so darn easy! You'll love that this recipe does not require cooking the macaroni before adding it to the pot.  The "hardest" part of the recipe is browning the ground beef.  

I like to use a large elbow macaroni in this recipe.  Barilla makes a large elbow macaroni with ridges that I love.  Prince also makes a large elbow macaroni without the ridges.  If you can't find a large elbow macaroni you can use penne or ziti.

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American Chop Suey 

Serves 8

  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 1 medium onion, diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 24-ounce jar prepared spaghetti sauce, like Prego 
  • 2 cups beef broth (or 2 cups of water mixed with a spoonful of Beef Better than Bouillon) 
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 
  • 1/2 box Barilla elbow macaroni (with ridges works great) 
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

Heat the pan on stovetop high with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and ground beef, cooking until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, stir and cook one minute. 

Add the rest of the ingredients (except the Parmesan cheese). Cover, bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Serve. Top with extra Parmesan cheese.

Stovetop Directions
Follow the directions above using a large pot on medium-high heat. Reduce o simmer and cover as indicated to complete cooking.

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