One-Pot American Chop Suey

One-Pot American Chop Suey chockful of hearty macaroni and beefy tomato sauce is the ultimate comfort food! It’s easy to make with pantry ingredients, ready in 30 minutes, and cooks in one pan!

Table Of Contents

  • Difference between American and Chinese Chop Suey
  • Cooking steps
  • Serving suggestions
  • Storing leftovers
  • More ground beef recipes
  • American Chop Suey

While the said baked mac is absolutely scrumptious, it’s not something you’d gladly whip up on a busy weeknight as it requires a few involved steps such as making the bechamel sauce and the meat sauce, cooking the noodles, and baking it all together.

This American chop suey, however, takes the cake on easy. Too easy that you can have it ready in 30 minutes and one pot!

Difference between American and Chinese Chop Suey

American chop suey is a regional pasta dish popular in New England. Unlike its Asian namesake which is a hodgepodge of tender-crisp vegetables and bite-sized meat cooked in a savory stir-fry sauce, it’s made of cooked ground beef, sauteed onions, and a rich tomato sauce similar to beef or chili mac.

The cooked pasta is traditionally served on a plate or in a bowl with Worcestershire sauce and grated Parmesan for additional seasoning and flavor.

ooking steps

  1. Ground beef is cooked with garlic, onions, and bell peppers until lightly browned.
  2. Crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato sauce are added to complete the meat sauce. Tomato juice is traditionally used as an additional liquid.
  3. The dish is seasoned with dried Italian herbs such as basil and oregano help season the dish along with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.

Serving suggestions

Serve this one-pot American chop suey as a main dish for lunch or dinner. Enjoy with a tossed salad and garlic bread for a hearty and tasty meal!

Storing leftovers

  • I always cook a big batch, and we eat the leftovers for days. To store for future meals, allow the pasta to cool completely, transfer to airtight containers, and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, warm up in the microwave for about 3 to 5 minutes or until completely heated. If frozen, thaw out overnight and reheat. You can also reheat leftovers on the stovetop. Add a splash of broth or tomato juice to make up for the lost moisture.

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