Sloppy Joe Mac ‘n Cheese

  • Sloppy Joe mac 'n cheese is going to be your family's new favorite weeknight meal! It's so easy to put together and packed with LOTS of flavor! It's just like the traditional sandwich but FAR better and less messy to eat!

    NEW VIDEO below of your favorite new weeknight dish, sloppy joe mac ‘n cheese. Yes, it is as amazing as it sounds and quite personally, I think this is way better than the traditional sandwich ?

    I’m not sure if you know but in December 2015, I published my first cookbook, Dinner for Two.

    And within that cookbook, there is this dish called Sloppy Joe Mac ‘n Cheese that is hands down our FAVORITE recipe in the book. I’m bias but I think all the recipes in the book are great but if you’re looking for a kid-friendly, family favorite dish and one that is easy to put together; hands down this sloppy joe mac ‘n cheese is the one.

    Like, we double the recipe ALL THE TIME because we can’t get enough of this dish. The simplicity of this dish will make you wonder how something so simple can be that amazing all at the same time.

    You’ll really love this recipe as much as we do and you can watch me make it here:


    And don’t forget to grab the recipe!

    Sloppy Joe mac 'n cheese is going to be your family's new favorite weeknight meal! It's so easy to put together and packed with LOTS of flavor! It's just like the traditional sandwich but FAR better and less messy to eat!
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    Sloppy Joe Mac 'n Cheese

    If there were ever a dish that I wanted you to drop everything to go make, this would be the one! This is the perfect weeknight dish to put on rotation!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 35 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 431kcal
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    For the sauce:

    • ¾ cup tomato sauce
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 2 teaspoon Worcestchire sauce
    • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

    For the pasta:

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


    • In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
    • 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.
    • Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to directions on the package.
    • 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 5-7 minutes.
    • Add the sauce to the skillet then add the pasta (drained of excess water) then add the cheese on top. Turn the heat down to medium -low and toss the pasta and cheese until cheese has melted and the pasta is coated in the sauce with the ingredients evenly distributed throughout.
    • Divide evenly in bowls and serve!



    Nutrition Facts
    Sloppy Joe Mac 'n Cheese
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 431 Calories from Fat 207
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 23g 35%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
    Sugars 19g
    Protein 29g 58%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Robert W. says:

    Could this be adapted for the pressure cooker? Mainly to be able cook the pasta in the sauce. Thanks in advance!

    • Julie says:

      I have no experience with cooking pasta in the pressure cooker. I imagine you could. Sauté everything in the Instant Pot then maybe try like 7 minutes to cook everything else together?

      • Robert W. says:

        Thank you!

  • Krystal says:

    I just made this last night with ground pork. Delicious! My husband loves this!

  • 2pots2cook says:

    Love the fusion. Thank you so much !

  • Beverly says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Love that we can choose how many we are making the recipe for….you make my life easy. Could you please tell me about the garlic mincer and the tool that you used to crumble the beef? Thanks for all your great recipes. Especially love the videos!

  • Kelly says:

    Awesome recipe! We really enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Julie says:

      So glad to hear this! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Kara says:

    This was great! We will make this again. Thanks!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Glad to hear it!

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