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Nov 07 2013

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BigCalfGuy’s Wicked Easy Weeknight Chop Suey

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You know what I never seem to have enough of?  Time!

You know what I’ve got plenty of?  Picky kids!

We never seem to have a lot of time between work/school, and practices, meetings, classes, groups or commitments of some flavor.  I need stuff I can do for dinner that’s hot, hearty, and feeds a crowd on a budget.

I picked up dinner for the five of us, with plenty of leftovers, for about $20.  That’s under $4 a serving.  Dollar menu, eat your heart out!

Start with some basic ingredients: hamburger, sausage, onions/green pepper, cans of tomatoes, and some garlic, salt/pepper, and crushed red pepper.

chop suey bigcalfguy simple weeknight meal

This is all it takes – simple, cheap ingredients.

Chop everything up, dump everything but the tomatoes into a pan, and brown it up – takes minutes.  When you’ve drained off half of the fat, add the tomatoes and simmer for the time it takes to boil pasta.  Voila!  It literally doesn’t get much easier than this.

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Meat brown, veggies happy. Time to add the tomatoes!

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Now we’re talking!

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Finished product! Seriously, how good does this look? Start to finish – 35 minutes, tops.

It’s nothing fancy, and Jake only eats the noodles, but it’s got a little something for everyone else.  Add $3 worth of garlic bread and you can be sitting pretty, feeling awful fancy.

Question:  If you didn’t have my houseful of picky kids, what would you add?

BigCalfGuy’s Wicked Easy Weeknight Chop Suey

Serves 8
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party
A quick and hearty meal that's perfect for a weekday night. It's hot and will fill you up right.

Ingredients

  • 1lb hamburger
  • 1lb hot sausage (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 Large green pepper (cut in big chunks)
  • 2 Medium onions (cut in big chunks)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1lb pasta (whatever you wish)
  • 1 bag parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 28oz diced tomatoess ((a large can))
  • 29oz stewed tomatoes ((two regular cans))

Directions

Step 1
Cut the veggies into big chunks. The chunkier the better. Cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Add veggies, meat, and garlic to deep skillet and cook over medium heat. At the same time, start the water boiling for the pasta.
Step 2
Once the meat is brown and the veggies happy, drain off about half of the fat. It should be about time to add the pasta to the boiling water.
Step 3
Add the cans of tomatoes, complete with their juices. Turn the mix down to simmer.
Step 4
By the time the pasta's done, so is the meal. You can serve separately, or toss together before presenting the dish at the table.
Step 5
Garnish with the crushed red pepper, and/or the parmesan cheese.

About the author

BigCalfGuy

BigCalfGuy

I am a 38 year old, married, father of three amazing children; one of whom has autism. I fancy myself as more Atticus Finch than Holden Caulfield. Dynamite with a laser beam.

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3 comments

  1. Susan

    What a perfect weekday meal! And you’ve got my mouth watering for pasta at 8am! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  2. Christie

    Sounds very much like what I cooked for you and Molly !

    1. BigCalfGuy
      BigCalfGuy

      Always one of my favorites!

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