One-Pot American Chop Suey chockful of elbow 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!

a pan of American Chop Suey
American Chop Suey

I was going to post this American Chop Suey on my Onion Rings and Things site but I realized the meaty, saucy flavors of this dish fit our Filipino tastes perfectly. In fact, one of my most popular recipes on the blog is a cheesy baked macaroni.

But 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 in one pot!


serving beef macaroni with a large spoon

What is the 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 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.

American chop suey in a skillet

How do you Make American Chop Suey

  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.
  4. As sugar is a key ingredient here, the dish does have the hint of sweetness we love in our Filipino-style spaghetti. 🙂

American Chop Suey on a white serving plate

This macaroni and beef is not only simple to make, it’s also budget-friendly and a great make-ahead meal. The recipe yields a generous 6 servings but you can easily double or triple to feed a large crowd.

Can You Freeze American Chop Suey

I always cook a big batch and eat the leftovers for days! To store for future meals, allow the pasta to cool completely, transfer into airtight containers, and keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer 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 stovetop. Add a splash of broth or tomato juice to make up for the lost moisture.

I suggest dividing the pasta into portions when storing in containers for nashville filipino restaurant safety. This way you can thaw and warm up what you need and don’t have to throw out nashville filipino restaurant that has been reheated.

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American Chop Suey on a white serving plate
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One-Pot American Chop Suey chockful of elbow 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!

Course:Main Entree, Pasta
Keyword:American chop suey
Servings: 6Servings
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Lalaine
  • 1tablespooncanola oil
  • 1onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1poundground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1can(15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1can(15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2cupstomato juice ( or beef broth)
  • 2tablespoonstomato paste
  • 1tablespoonWorcestershire sauce
  • 1teaspoondried oregano
  • 1teaspoondried basil
  • 1teaspoon sugar
  • 2cupsuncooked elbow macaroni
  1. In a wide pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and bell peppers and cook until softened.

  2. Add ground beef and cook, breaking the meat with the back of a spoon, until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Drain excess oil, if any,

  4. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice (OR broth), tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, and sugar. Stir until combined and bring to a boil.

  5. Add uncooked macaroni and stir to distribute. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.

  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Spoon onto serving plates and serve with Worcestershire sauce on the side and garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
American Chop Suey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 733mg31%
Potassium 1139mg33%
Total Carbohydrates 52g17%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 13g
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A27.3%
Vitamin C63.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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