Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is my basic recipe for American Chop Suey. I sometimes add more spices to give it a little different taste, maybe a little Sage, Thyme or whatever. My DH said it wouldn't be "normal" if I followed my recipe exactly. This is a real comfort food. The Prep and Cook time are estimates
- 1 (1 lb) box elbow macaroni
- 1 -1 1⁄2 lb ground beef
- 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans tomato soup
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup dry red wine
- 2 green bell peppers, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 -3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 2 whole bay leaves
- 3 -5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Cook macaroni according to package directions.
- Spray a large skillet with a cooking spray like pam.
- Add about two tablespoons Olive Oil.
- Brown the ground beef.
- Add the peppers, onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms and continue to cook till vegetable are almost tender.
- Add the tomato soup, diced tomatoes, wine and the spices.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Drain cooked macaroni and place in a large bowl.
- pour the tomato mixture over the macaroni and mix well.
- Serve with lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
This is a lot like what we grew up calling Goulash. It's hard to find a goulash recipe without it being Hungarian Goulash, which is completely different from this. This was a bit more sofisticated than ours though. We just did, macaroni, onions, stewed tomatoes, and ground beef. I think I like mom's better but thats probably because its the flavors I am used to, and with fewer ingredients, it's easier to through together. ;)
This is one of my all time favorite meals. My mother used to make this for us when we were kids and I'm still making it. I always thought she invented it!! We never added the diced tomatoes or wine though, so when I made it this time I followed your recipe exactly. GREAT COMFORT FOOD. Also, I used thin spaghetti. Very very good recipe. Thanks Denise