Wahlberg’s American Chop Suey
Speaking of Wahlburgers and all of my favorite TV shows, this week I decided to make a Wahlberg family classic. On Wahlburgers, the mom of all of the boys (Alma) had to make budget friendly meals every night for the kids. The chef in charge of the Wahlburgers restaurant (Paul Wahlberg) always says in the intro to the show that they were very poor people when he was growing up. In order be able to eat food every night, Alma had to cook simple and cheap recipes. On the Wahlburgers show, the Wahlberg boys always talk about their mom’s American Chop Suey. I had never had chop suey before in my life… so I thought that it was just some crazy mixture of meats and whatever the heck suey is. And oh, how terribly wrong I was!
So that’s what “chopped suey” is! American Chop Suey is a bunch of meats and noodles and vegetables thrown into a dish. Although the dish tasted AMAZING… I wondered f I could create a better name for it. I pondered the thought for almost an hour, when an idea struck me. I knew the answer. I should call it: Beef with Bacon and Vegetables with Noodles. Great name right?
I had just watched an episode of the Walking Dead (the newest addition to my favorite current TV shows) prior to making the American Chop Suey, so cutting the bacon up and tearing the beef felt so much like zombie guts! I was so disgusted. It was not a fun experience. Not fun at ALL!
What would life be like without pasta? Thank you Italians! Merci. Wait no that’s French. Oops. It’s grazie in Italian. And no, I did NOT have to look that up. 🙂
My oh my. What could get better than this? This American Chop Suey is amazing (no matter what type of budget you have). This summer when my family goes to Massachusetts for our usual vacation, I’m definitely going to Wahlburgers Burger Restaurant. Maybe I can even get an interview set up with Paul Wahlberg (the head chef)! That would be the best if I could actually tour the facility and interview Paul Wahlberg! Meeting the Wahlbergs would just be such a cool experience. These guys went from nothing in their youth to practically everything nowadays!
I want to take a huge bite of chop suey right now. I don’t care if I eat part of the wooden spoon, I just want some of that chop suey. I’m very surprised that I’m not drooling in this picture. I wouldn’t be surprised if I started drooling when there is a whole spoonful of chop suey right next to my face! I’m pretty sure everyone would be wowed by this chop suey.
This Wahlberg’s American Chop Suey was the best! It was sort of like a crock-pot recipe but without the crock-pot. I love the style of just basically throwing everything into a pot and letting it cook. Being able to cook a Wahlberg family recipe was definitely a cool experience. After seeing the American Chop Suey on Wahlburgers a million times, I was able to make it. My chop suey may not have been as good as Alma’s chop suey, but it was still wicked good. I have to say that I will definitely be making this recipe again. And I can’t wait for that day. 🙂
And even a kid can cook a recipe featured a million times on a TV show… Like Me!
Wahlberg's American Chop Suey
A famous, delicious recipe from one of my favorite TV shows!
1/2 pound bacon, slices cut into thirds
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/2 large bell pepper, chopped
One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
8 ounces elbow noodles, cooked according to package directions
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a large pot, cook the bacon until it's half-way cooked. Tilt the pan and spoon out all of the fat except for about 1 tablespoon.
2. Add the ground beef, onions, bell peppers, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is totally cooked.
3. Add the tomatoes and crush them by hand in the pot. Stir in the cooked pasta and heat everything entirely. Serve!
Source: RecipeBoy.com (adapted lightly from Alma Walberg's American Chop Suey recipe)