American Chop Suey

Savory sausage and hearty ground beef with tomatoes, garlic and pasta are a winning combination. This pasta dish is a Northern US staple. We all grew up eating this dish in the colder months. It is great leftover too.
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Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8


  • 2 Lbs. Ground Beef
  • 5 Italian Sausages I used hot
  • 20 Oz Pasta Casserole Elbows, Rigatoni or Penne
  • 2.5 Cans of Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Large Onion Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Bell Peppers Roughly Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon oSea Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Grated Cheese for Serving
  • Chopped Fresh Basil for Serving


  • Gather your ingredients
  • Cut the peppers, onions, and garlic and set aside.
  • Cut the sausage into bite-sized chunks ( I do this to semi-frozen sausages as it is easier to work with them).
  • Add the oil to a large frying pan and cook the sausage on medium to medium-high heat until browned.
  • Push the sausages to the sides of the pan and ass the ground beef in the middle.
  • Cook until the beef is fully browned (no pink).
  • Drain the grease from the pan reserving some for frying the vegetables.
  • Place the meat mixture into a large pot.
  • Add the peppers to the frying pan and cook until they start to glisten then add onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add the garlic last and turn down the heat. ( Don’t let the garlic burn)
  • Add the tomato paste to the meat mixture and stir.
  • When the vegetables are done add them to the pot and stir gently.
  • Add the spices to the pot.
  • Turn the pot to medium-low and let it simmer for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Cook the pasta and drain well.
  • You can add the pasta to the pot or plate separately with the mixture on top.
  • Plate with some grated cheese and chopped basil



In the picture we used penne, however it is traditionally made with elbow macaroni.
Keyword Filling, pasta, Savory
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1 thought on “American Chop Suey”

  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorite recipes! I really like this recipe with elbow pasta and will sometimes add the sausage depending on how much heat I want. This recipe is great too if you like having leftovers!

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