American Chop Suey

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American Chop Suey
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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.

What you'll need

  • 1 1-pound box elbow macaroni
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 28-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup, plus garnish, grated Parmesan cheese

How to make it

  1. 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.

  2. Drain the grease from the pan, then add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. 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.

  4. Finally, garnish individual portions with the additional grated cheese. Serves 8.

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