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Published on 07 Feb 2018 / In American Recipes

My mom makes a few special recipes. One of our favorites is her American Chop Suey.

As far as I know, no one outside of New England calls this "chop suey," but we do, and we have for years. Some people will only use elbows for this recipe, but we swear by shells.

It's the perfect thing to make for a crowd. Mom often makes this when I come home for a visit, and I eat it for the whole week.

It's pretty impossible to get the recipe from the video, so here it is:

1 can fire roasted tomatoes (mom likes Hunt's)
1 jar Virgilio's tomato-basil sauce (alternative is fine)
1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 yellow onion
1 tbl spoon olive oil
1 teaspoon all-in-one italian seasoning
parmesan cheese (to taste)
1 box medium shells pasta

Step 1. Heat skillet with olive oil. When hot, add chopped onion.

Step 2. When onion is translucent, add ground beef. Cook until brown.

Step 3. Pour in diced tomatoes, and Virgilio's tomato sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta to instructions on box.

Step 4. Once pasta is done and sauce "looks good," mix together in large bowl.

Step 5. Serve hot with parmesan cheese. Very good the next day after sitting in fridge for a night.

Filming by Abby Siemasko
Editing by Emma Siemasko

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