Preparation info
  • Serves

    8 to 10

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream

By Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguyen and Elisa Ung

Published 2021

  • About

Tung merged this very American dish with her longtime secret weapon—fish sauce. Just a small amount, added while the ground beef cooks, adds big flavor to this pasta-and-meat combination.


  • 1 lb [455 g] elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup [55


Preheat the oven to 350° F [180° C], with a rack in the middle position.

Meanwhile, cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Rinse with cold water and set aside. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat, add the garlic, and cook, stirring occasion