This is a recipe that my husband told me about when we first got together. I never heard of it and thought it was a family thing, but have since seen it in recipe books, etc-but this is my version because when he told me about it, I didn't know it had a recipe, so I winged it. This is like a good Hamburger Helper recipe (no, I never actually had Hamburger Helper, but I've seen the box) or Beefaroni. It's kind of fast if you prep and tastes good and is fine in a crunch-it's not gourmet or anything-but it's good comfort food at the end of a crappy day, unless you burn the onions (see previous post)
American Chop Suey
You all know I am a "dumper" with ingredients, so change as you need to-you can't mess this up and it's all to taste.
8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained (I do this ahead of time, drain well, toss into a ziploc and put in the fridge)
3/4-1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium red pepper diced (optional, some kids don't like this part)
1 jar (bigger one) of spaghetti sauce or 3-4 cups homemade sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning all to taste
Cook the macaroni and set aside. In a large nonstick skillet (with a lid) or pot, add onions and peppers and saute til soft-add ground beef and brown well-drain if needed. Add tomato sauce and mix well and let simmer for about 10 minutes-add seasonings here (you can make a taco version using taco seasoning, cumin, etc). Add elbow macaroni and stir well and leave on low (simmer low) for a few minutes (especially if you took the cooked past from the fridge). When hot, add chesses, mixing well, cover and let sit a few minutes. Stir well and serve. It's cheese, gooey, warm and easy-great for the end of one of those days!