How to make it

  • In a large skillet, melt 2 T butter and add the onion, garlic and green pepper and cook until the onion is translucent, or about 5 minutes
  • Add the ground beef and veal and brown on medium high allowing much of the moisture to cook off. Drain the liquid if there's too much.
  • Add the canned stewed tomatoes, and crush them with a spoon in the meat mixture as you cook them
  • S&P to taste
  • Add 2 more T of butter ( so far you've used 1/2 stick)
  • Add the tomato paste and stir in
  • Prepare the macaroni per the instructions on the box. (salt the water!)
  • Drain and add the sauce
  • Heat the oven to 350
  • Place the remaining 4 T of butter on top of the pasta, and break up the 4 slices of American cheese and layer on top as well
  • Bake uncovered in the oven for about 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and stir in all that cheese and butter. (I know it doesn't sound very healthy, but man, it is DAMN good!!...And my mom is 85 and still going strong, so follow her advice: Live while you're alive)
  • Enjoy!

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    " It was good "
    bakerme ate it and said...
    I forgot to add a rating! Here ya go!
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  • MaryEllenS 2 months ago
    Patrick I love this recipe and have made a similar version for years. Comfort food at its best.
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    " It was good "
    bakerme ate it and said...
    Nothing fancy here, just good ol' stick-to-your-ribs comfort food! I halved the recipe for just the two of us and there is still enough left for dinner tomorrow - yaay, leftovers! Our local grocery store didn't have veal, so I used all ground sirloin, used the full amount of garlic - yum! - and the full amount of cheese. My hubby was drooling over the prep skillet before I could even get the casserole in the oven! Thank you, Patrick, for sharing your family recipe! And your mom's footnote about living while you're alive are words to live by, but moms know those things ;) Added to IMI group on 9-25-2015: Moms American Chop Suey
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  • hungrynow 2 months ago
    My mom called it "Hungarian Goulash" ... raising three little girls alone, she had to keep the ingredient costs to a minimum - so, no cheese, veal, or butter --- but she added corn! We thought it was excellent but then we were pretty hungry and were grateful to have a hot dinner on those cold Wyoming winter nights! Ahhhh, the memories. Going to try your mom's recipe ... sounds a bit heartier albeit not more healthful! Thanks for posting.
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  • lafluers 3 years ago
    This is what we call Goulash (w/o the cheese).
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  • keni 3 years ago
    ....can I please, please use something other than American cheese and still call it chop suey....errrrrr...wait.... hmmmm...
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    " It was excellent "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    You stay fat long time eating this!
    See Moms American Chop Suey for more food tasting.
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  • keni 3 years ago
    I <3 your mom! ;-)
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  • lovebreezy 3 years ago
    I remember this recipe (or one like it) years ago. I did then and still do now, wonder how it got it's name. My firefighter family makes a similar recipe that they call Eat More. Now that name makes sense to me. Good post and love seeing these childhood recipes and memories.
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  • luisascatering 3 years ago
    your mom rules :-)
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  • 22566 3 years ago
    Thank Goodness... It's Friday!
    What are you trying to do,butter us up :o)
    One fine legacy left to remember.
    You've done well youngblood...
    Now take your vitamins young man and have a lively week-end...and don't you dare be in late! :o)
    Kind Regards
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