Linda's American Chop Suey

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Recipe: #4250

January 22, 2012

"This is quick, easy dish that my family enjoys. I love it, especially in the winter when it's cold outside and I want something heart warming and satisfying. Feel free to add other seasonings and adapt it to your liking. I sometimes add garlic and other herbs! If you like it spicy add in 2 cans Ro-Tel tomatoes. I have used the mild with great results. The sky is the limit with a recipe like this so experiment!"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (417.5 g)
  • Calories 690.9
  • Total Fat - 30.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 69 mg
  • Sodium - 630.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 71.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.1 g
  • Sugars - 11.5 g
  • Protein - 32.5 g
  • Calcium - 72.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook macaroni according to package directions, in salted water.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a separate large skillet, over medium-high heat, saute the ground beef, onion, and Italian seasoning for 5-10 minutes, or until meat is brown, and crumbly.

Step 3

Drain thoroughly, and leave the meat and onion in the skillet.

Step 4

Add the diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce, and mix well.

Step 5

Add butter, and mix, until melted.

Step 6

When noodles are done, drain thoroughly, and return noodles to the pot.

Step 7

Add the hamburger mixture from the skillet to the pot. Mix well, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Step 8

Heat until bubbly, then serve with bread and butter or rolls, and your favorite salad.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting a spaghetti sauce, choose one with a flavor profile that matches the other ingredients in the dish.
  • For a healthier version of this recipe, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

  • Instead of margarine or butter, use olive oil. This substitution will provide a healthier alternative to the dish, as olive oil is lower in saturated fat than butter and margarine.
  • Instead of ground beef, use ground turkey. This substitution will make the dish leaner and lower in fat and calories, while still providing the same flavor and texture.

Vegetarian American Chop Suey Substitute the ground beef with 1 package of vegetarian crumbles and use vegetable broth instead of water when cooking the macaroni. Use your favorite vegetable-based pasta sauce instead of the spaghetti sauce.

Garlic Bread: Garlic Bread is the perfect accompaniment to Linda's American Chop Suey. The buttery, garlicky flavor complements the hearty flavors of the dish, and the crunchy texture provides a great contrast to the softness of the macaroni and beef. Plus, it's a great way to mop up any extra sauce!

Green Salad: A light and refreshing green salad is the perfect accompaniment to Linda's American Chop Suey. The crisp, cool flavors of the salad balance out the savory flavors of the dish, while the crunchy vegetables add a nice texture contrast. Plus, it's a great way to add some extra nutrition to your meal!


Q: How can I adjust the recipe to make it spicier?

A: You can add 2 cans of Ro-Tel tomatoes to the hamburger mixture for added spice. You can also add garlic and other herbs to the recipe to adjust the flavor to your liking.

Q: How can I make the recipe healthier?

A: You can substitute lean ground beef for regular ground beef and use whole wheat buns instead of white buns. You can also reduce the amount of cheese or use a lower fat cheese. You can also add more vegetables, such as onions, mushrooms, and peppers, to the hamburger mixture.

13 Reviews


We love this simple to make and much loved Northern comfort! This one is very tasty indeed. Almost didn't recognize it with all that cheese!


review by:
(27 Sep 2020)

Seaside Helene

We love American Chop Suey and following the recipe it is so good! No need for all that not so good for you cheese in the video. Don't need to change this up at all. Delicious as is! Love French bread all buttered up, to sop up the sauce!


review by:
(30 Jun 2020)

Wayne Peters

Another great recipe! I added some extra Italian spices and added a little hot sauce on the leftovers to give this great classic casserole recipe a kick. Turned out really nice with garlic bread on the side. Of course, I loaded the dish with cheese on top. Yummy!


review by:
(3 Aug 2019)


One bowl brings you right back to the pan for another! We love this goulosh or whatever you call it. Comfort food good any ole time. Had to have a couple of slices of bread and butter with it. So good together!


review by:
(11 Aug 2016)


We love comfort food and this is one of our all time favorites. It's one of those recipes that everyonebody loves. Everyone always goes back for seconds and thirds, so I double it to make plenty. We love leftovers. I think it tastes even better the second day!


review by:
(14 Apr 2016)

Shar Pei

I make this all the time for my grandchildren, because when I do I know they are going to eat good and like it! This pasta is one of those that you keep going back for just a little bit more and end up eating another bowl or two!


review by:
(24 Dec 2015)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: American chop suey is said to have been invented by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s. It was a popular dish among the Chinese working in the textile mills of Massachusetts.

Fun Fact 2: American chop suey is a favorite of actor and comedian Adam Sandler. He often orders it when out for dinner with friends and family.