American Chop Suey

American-Chop-Suey

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups diced onion (divided as 1 cup fine dice and 2 cups ¾ inch dice)
  • 3 cups diced green bell pepper (divided as 1 cup fine dice and 2 cups ¾ inch dice)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (we like Pastene)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 5.5 ounce can of V-8 juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-3 Fresh Parmesan rinds, about 4 inch squares (optional)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh chopped mint (if using dried, use half that amount)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil (if using dried, use half that amount)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano (if using dried, use half that amount)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 12 ounce dry elbow macaroni noodles
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
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