Wednesday, August 24, 2011

American Chop Suey

     Nothing Chinese here, no soy, no rice noodles, but the lunch lady, my mom, and everyone else's mom in my neighborhood called it American Chop Suey. My friend from Minnesota insists its just Macaroni Hot Pot, and i have been accused of not knowing how to make a real bolognese, but no matter what you call it, this dish is fast, budget friendly, and tasty
American Chop Suey

1 1/4 lb lean Hamburg or Ground Turkey
2 24oz jars favorite brand Pasta Sauce or
6 cups homemade, less chunky = more kid friendly
1 medium Onion - diced fine
Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Dry Basil to taste

     Pre-heat large skillet or medium sauce pan over medium heat with a couple tbsp olive oil to aid browning. Brown meat & onions together, or start onions first if you prefer closer to caramelized. Depending on your sauce or your family's tastes, season here with salt, pepper, extra basil or garlic powder. When meat is well browned, a little char helps flavor, slowly add the sauce to pan and reduce heat to simmer. At this time put water on for pasta, boil to just before desired tenderness, 7-10 minutes depending on pasta. The past will absorb sauce and continue to soften, so please don't overcook. Drain past wee, toss with sauce in the pasta pot or large bowl. Serve with grated cheese and maybe some garlic bread.


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