Easy American Chop Suey

American chop suey is an easy pasta recipe with ground beef, tomato sauce, bell pepper and spices. Easy dinner recipe that is ready in less than 1 hour!

This is one of our favorite comfort foods to serve for weeknight dinner. Because who doesn’t love flavorful pasta dishes with beef? And I think this is a kid friendly dinner idea.

If you love mac and cheese, this American pasta casserole is delicious, too. This is a classic American dinner recipe that most of us tried with slightly different recipes that come from one household to another.

American chop suey is perfect to make for a big family dinner. Pasta with beef is easy to store, freeze and reheat all week long! This recipe serves up to 4-6 people, depending on the serving size.

Easy American Chop Suey is perfect recipe for weeknight dinner! Ground beef and macaroni will be a perfect family meal idea that is kid friendly.

Is American goulash and chop suey the same thing?

This pasta dish is often called American goulash and macaroni hamburger. The origin of American chop suey is New England, which is the northeastern region of the USA.

All these names refer basically to the same beef and macaroni recipe!

By the way, classic American chop suey doesn’t have cheese. It’s delicious to serve with grated Parmesan on top, if you wish. But if you cover with cheese and bake like a casserole, it should be called Johnny Marzetti.

Whatever name you like, just make it next for dinner and you won’t regret it!

Is Chop Suey an American dish?

Or is it Chinese? “Chop suey” roughly translates to “assorted mix”. A large pan or wok is used to stir-fry different ingredients with the sauce.

However, Chinese style chop suey is made with vegetables and meat with soy sauce, served over noodles or rice. And this is a totally different dish.

The dish became popular in American-Chinese restaurant and in households in late 19th century. The name was adapted for American chop suey, which actually is more Italian than Chinese!

Eating easy American Chop Suey with a fork from the blue plate

Ingredients American chop suey

Main ingredients are beef and elbow macaroni, followed with pantry staples like canned crushed tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, garlic and spices.

To make it a bit leaner, I used olive oil instead of butter. I also cooked the beef mince and discarded the extra fat. I love to get more flavors from spices and not from fat!

And also, it’s a sugar-free recipe! Yes, some recipes use sugar to sweeten the tomato sauce. I used a can of smashed Italian tomatoes that are a little sweeter than regular ones.

The spices are pretty simple that you may already have in your pantry – salt, pepper, thyme and oregano.

You can also make this weeknight dinner with leftover pork chops or pork mince!

By the way, you can make American chop suey gluten free, if you substitute regular macaroni with corn pasta or other gluten-free sub.

You will need a large pot, a large pan, a spoon and a spatula to make this easy dinner for your family!

A fork with macaroni and beef

How to make American chop suey

Start by browning the beef in a hot pan with olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 6 minutes until beef is no longer pink. Set aside and clean the pan.

Add olive oil to the large pan (I used wok), placed on the medium heat. Add chopped onion, garlic and chopped green pepper. cook few minutes until slightly golden and fragrant.

Then add cooked beef and spices.

Add a can of crushed canned tomatoes in juice and stir to combine. Simmer meat and tomato sauce 20 minutes on low heat.

Meanwhile, in a large pot with salted water cook macaroni as instructed on package. Drain the pasta and add it to the meat sauce.

If you want, you can mix the pasta in the pot with the beef sauce, if your pan is not large enough.

Stir everything together and enjoy this simple comfort food! Serve it with some chopped parsley on top.

By the way, you can make American chop suey gluten free, if you substitute regular macaroni with corn pasta or other gluten-free sub.

As I already mentioned, this easy recipe serves up to 4-6 people, depending on portion size. It is truly easy and delicious macaroni and beef recipe that we highly recommend for dinner!

Storing and freezing for easy dinners

You can store leftovers in the fridge up to a week and reheat in microwave or on the pan.

Moreover, like other meat dishes, American chop suey freezes well. Cool completely, transfer to the air- tight container and store up to 3 months.

More comfort food recipes with beef

If you need more pasta with beef recipes, check our Rigatoni pasta bake.

Looking for more easy dinner recipes with beef? Check our Beef and broccoli stir-fry.

Need the cozy comforting beef dish? Make our Irish beef stew!

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How do you make your American goulash, do you have a different recipe that you serve for dinner? Let us know in the comments bellow, we would love to know!

Easy American Chop Suey recipe - a blue plate with macaroni and beef

Easy American Chop Suey

Cooking Journey
5 from 5 votes
Filling comfort dish recipe for dinner with ground beef and macaroni. Easy meal idea for family weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 405 kcal




Ingredients 

  • 450 g ground beef 1 lb / 16 oz
  • 1/2 onion small, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can Tomatoes Crushed, Canned
  • 1/2 tsp thyme Dried
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper Ground
  • 1 tsp Oregano Ground
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 300- 400 g elbow macaroni 10-14 10-14 oz/ 0.9 lb



Instructions
 

  • Brown the beef in a hot pan with olive oil. Cook, stirring for 5-6 minutes until beef is no longer pink. Set aside and clean the pan.
    Brown the beef in a hot pan with olive oil. Cook, stirring for 5-6 minutes until beef is no longer pink. Set aside and clean the pan.
  • Add olive oil to the clean large pan or wok, placed on the medium heat. Add chopped onion.
    Add olive oil to the clean large pan or wok, placed on the medium heat. Add chopped onion.
  • Add chopped garlic.
    Add chopped garlic.
  • Add chopped green bell pepper, stir together. Cook 2-3 minutes.
    Add chopped green bell pepper, stir together. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cooked beef and seasoning. Stir together.
    Add cooked beef and seasoning. Stir together.
  • Add a can of crushed tomatoes in juice and stir to combine. Simmer 20 minutes on low heat.
    Add a can of crushed tomatoes in juice and stir to combine. Simmer 20 minutes on low heat.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot with salted water to boil. Cook macaroni as instructed on package.
    Meanwhile, bring a large pot with salted water to boil. Cook macaroni as instructed on package.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the meat sauce. Combine with a spoon and remove from heat.*
    Drain the pasta and add it to the meat sauce. Combine with a spoon and remove from heat.*
  • Serve it with some chopped parsley on top.
    Serve it with some chopped parsley on top.



Notes

*If you want, you can mix the pasta in the pot with the beef sauce, if your pan is not large enough.
Store leftovers in the fridge up to a week and reheat in microwave or on the pan.
American chop suey freezes well. Cool completely, transfer to the air- tight container and store up to 3 months in the freezer.
Keyword comfort food, dinner with beef, easy dinner, family dinner


10 thoughts on “Easy American Chop Suey”

  1. 5 stars
    Gave this a try for dinner last night, and it does not disappoint! So easy and delicious; easily, a new favorite pasta dish!

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t grow up eating American Chop Suey but it’s become one of my favorite meals and this recipe is delicious. Definitely a family favorite.

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