This dinnertime favorite goes by a few aliases. Some call it American chop suey, others have dubbed it goulash, after a Hungarian dish of meat and vegetables. Whatever your family calls it, this simple pasta recipe is the perfect first endeavor for a budding chef. With adult supervision, your preteen Emeril will be ready to surprise the rest of the family with this hearty dish in no time at all.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Saute the onion in a little of the oil, then add the meat and cook over medium-high heat until done.
Drain the grease from the pan, then add salt and pepper to taste.
In a large saucepan, combine the sauce, the 1/4 cup of cheese, and the beef mixture and bring to a simmer. Add the pasta, turn off the heat, and let it set for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Finally, garnish individual portions with the additional grated cheese. Serves 8.