My mom made this with just hamburg, tomato paste, stewed …

Comment on Classics: American Chop Suey by Nan.

My mom made this with just hamburg, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, onions & sometimes – sweet corn. Then she baked it in oven with a topping of Westminster crackers. She called it “Italian Love.” The “Lunch Ladies” called it American Chop Suey. I still make it & it’s still delicious. NO CINNAMON! That goes against nature.

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