Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
2 years 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