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Monday, March 7, 2011

Mixed Up Mess

What did you call this when you were growing up? We've all eaten it! They even served it in the school cafeteria. I've heard names like, Train Wreck, Goop, Garbage, Sloparoni and Slumgullen. I'm sure there are more. Whatever you call it I still love it. You will have no trouble getting the kids to eat this. Let them give it their own name.

Mixed Up Mess
4 servings
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1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
Dash crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 large can (28-ounces) of diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cups uncooked macaroni

Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions.

In a skillet, brown the ground beef in a tablespoon olive oil on high heat. Stir only infrequently so that the beef has an opportunity to brown.

In a large skillet, saute chopped onion with a tablespoon olive oil on medium high heat. Add the beef and lower the heat to medium. Add a dash of crushed red pepper. Add seasoned salt. Add celery seed. Add canned tomatoes. Add Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in the drained and cooked macaroni and parsley. Simmer for another 5 minutes.


  1. I don't have to "fancy" mine up, the boys prefer plain macaroni noodles with the tomato juice I canned over the summer. My mom made is for us, her mom made it for her...

  2. Whatever you call's a hit no matter!

  3. I'm from the slumgullen school of thought but I have also heard this called American Chop Suey or goulash. Any way, it is good and it goes a long way.

  4. My first MIL called something similar "goulash" and it was delicious!...)JP

  5. hahaha...slumgullian! i always used peppers, onions, hotdogs, sausage cherry tomatoes and served it over rice. when i was young and poor this was my fancy dinner!

  6. We called it goulash too, both at school and at home. I didn't know there was a recipe!


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