Monthly Archives: December 2011

American Chop Suey (Pasta with Meat Sauce)


I grew up on this very quick meal! My kids love it and actually asked for seconds last night.


  • 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • About 1 1/4 lbs. lean ground beef (I used 85% lean but feel free to try turkey)
  • 1 large 28 oz can of tomato sauce – unseasoned
  • 1 small 6 oz can tomato paste
  • Couple shakes of garlic powder
  • 3-4 shakes of dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3-4 handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped
  • Freshly grated romano cheese

In a medium size pot, add the oil and warm up. Add the garlic and onion until onion starts to become translucent. Add the entire pack of meat and stir occassionally until the meat is cooked, until no longer pink. Now add the can of tomato sauce, tomato paste and the remaining seasonings. Taste the sauce to make sure seasoned to your liking. Then add the chopped spinach. It will wilt almost instantly.You can basically let this simmer for a while or serve once heated through. Serve on top of elbow macaroni or any of your liking. Use a pound of pasta. Cook pasta according to directions, el dente. Pour sauce on pasta and top with freshly grated romano cheese.