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American Chop Suey


  • 1 package small macaroni (8 oz.)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 stalks celery, finely sliced
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  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can tomatoes (16 oz.)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Cook macaroni in 3 cups boiling salted water in saucepan until tender. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes; drain. Saute' onion, green pepper and celery in butter in skillet until golden; set aside. Brown ground beef with seasonings in skillet, stirring until crumbly. Pour off drippings. Add sauteed vegetables, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer fr 5 minutes. Add macaroni and 3/4 cup cheese, mixing well. Pour into greased 2 qt. casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake covered at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

Dear Robin, thank you the contribution of all your wonderful recipes. Do you ever get out of the kitchen? :-). With respect to Chop Suey, are you aware that is an American dish? Legend has it while he was visiting New York City in August 1896, the chefs of Chinese Ambassador Li HUng Chang invented the dish for his American guests. Others claim it had its origins in San Francisco by Chinese laborers working on the railroads and originally consisted of chicken or shrimp, onions, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms and other available vegetables all served over rice and flavored with soy sauce.

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