Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
5 months ago

Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese

This easy recipe takes everything you love about Sloppy Joes and turns it into a weeknight-friendly pasta dish.

2 servings
Preparation time: 25 minutes


For the sauce:
¾ cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the pasta and the remainder of the dish:
2 cups dry rotini (or any spiral-shaped pasta)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¾ cup diced onion
1 medium green bell pepper, diced (about ½ cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ pound ground beef
1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese


For the sauce:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

For the pasta and the remainder of the dish:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat up the vegetable oil. Add the onion, green bell pepper and garlic. Sauté until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet and break it up with your spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until ground beef is thoroughly cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the sauce to the skillet, then add the pasta (drained of excess water). Add the cheese on top. Turn the heat down to medium-low and toss the mixture until the cheese has melted and the ingredients are evenly coated and distributed throughout. Serve warm.

Recipe source: Taste and Tell