Note from the owners: Since we were on the Food Network, we have received thousands of e-mails wanting our recipe for American Chop Suey. Well, Carol has decided to unlock her recipe vault, so here you go!
1. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Then add the ground beef and continue to cook, stirring and breaking up the chunks of meat with a spoon. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Sprinkle the herbs and pepper over the meat, add salt to taste, and mix in well.
2. Add the canned tomatoes with their juices, the tomato sauce, paste, and juice. Add sugar to taste. Simmer while you cook the pasta.
3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain. Mix the macaroni into the chop suey. Serve hot.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
From Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" book. Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Red Arrow Diner.