Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

Sometimes it’s hard to decide which one of these two comfort foods to make; mac and cheese or sloppy joes.  So why not go for the combo.

This combo dish is kind of a quasi mashup because it’s made with two separate quick and easy recipes in two pans rather than in one big pan.

Then it’s served in layers so you can taste the goodness of each dish.

The sloppy joe recipe is so good that it can be eaten like chili, no buns or bread required.  It’s made with ground beef but can be changed up to ground turkey or ground pork.

The mac and cheese is made with a basic white sauce and a touch of garlic powder.   Oh and the pasta is Cavatappi.  It’s tube-shaped and looks like a corkscrew; a fun pasta for mac and cheese.

To top off this tasty combo are thinly sliced jalapenos.  yum.

So let’s check out the ingredients for this two-pot meal.

For the Sloppy Joe – ground beef, onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder and water.

For the Macaroni and Cheese – cooked Cavatappi pasta, butter, flour, sharp cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, milk, garlic powder, salt, pepper and a jalapeno.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Sloppy Joe:

Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.

Then add the onions…

…and bell pepper.

Stir.

Next, add ground beef and…

…stir together.

Add onion powder,

…ground black pepper…

…salt and…

…stir together.

When the ground beef is fully cooked, turn off the heat and transfer the ground beef mixture to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off the excess grease.

Reheat the skillet to medium heat and return the ground beef mixture to the pan.

Add Worcestershire sauce…

…ketchup…

…hot sauce…

…and stir together.

Add water…

…and stir.

Turn the heat down to low and let the sloppy joe mixture simmer (without a lid) while making the macaroni and cheese.

If the sloppy joe mixture starts to thicken too much, add a bit more water.

For the Macaroni and Cheese:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat a medium size pot on medium heat and add butter.

Stir the butter around the pot…

…until it’s melted.

Then,

add flour…

…and…

…stir continuously.

When the butter and flour start to thicken (about 2 minutes),

add milk and…

…stir.

Stir in the garlic powder and salt.

Remove the pan of white sauce from the heat and set aside for just a moment.

In a medium size casserole dish, add the cooked pasta.

Pour the white sauce over the pasta and…

…stir together to coat the pasta.

Then add half of the cheese to the pasta and white sauce mixture.

Next,

stir…

…so that the cheese is mixed in with the pasta and sauce.

Top the pasta mixture with the remaining cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven…

…until…

…the cheese melts (about 15 minutes).

By this time the sloppy joe mixture should be reduced to a thick but saucy consistency.

Serve while both are hot.

In serving dishes, add a layer of the sloppy joe mixture, then a layer of macaroni and cheese…

…and repeat.

Top with thinly sliced jalapenos.

And,

enjoy.

More fun sloppy joe recipes from the Food Blog Search:

Enchilada Sloppy Joes by Taste And Tell

Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes on Whole Wheat Cornbread Waffles by Ambitious Kitchen

Sloppy Joe Dip by Taste and Tell

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes by Barefeet in the Kitchen

Sloppy Joe Tacos by Gimme Some Oven

Mango Turkey Salad Bowls {Paleo} by An Edible Mosaic

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers by Buns in My Oven

One-Pot Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet by A Spicy Perspective

Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Sloppy Joe:
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
3 dashes ground black pepper
3 dashes salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons hot sauce (or to taste)
¾ cup water (more may be needed if a larger skillet is used)

For the Macaroni and Cheese:
4 cups cooked (al-dente) Cavatappi pasta
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 jalapenos, thinly sliced widthwise (for garnish)

Directions:

For the Sloppy Joe:
Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add the onions and bell pepper and stir. Add the ground beef and stir together. Add onion powder, ground black pepper, salt and pepper. Stir together. When the ground beef is fully cooked, turn off the heat and transfer the ground beef mixture to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off the excess grease. Reheat the skillet to medium heat and return the ground beef mixture to the pan. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and hot sauce. Stir together. Add water and stir. Turn the heat down to low and let the sloppy joe mixture simmer (without a lid), while making the macaroni and cheese. If the sloppy joe mixture starts to thicken too much, add a bit more water.

For the Macaroni and Cheese:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Heat a medium size pot on medium heat and add butter. Stir the butter around the pot until it's melted. Add flour and stir continuously. When the butter and flour start to thicken (about 2 minutes), add milk and stir. Stir in garlic powder and salt. Remove the white sauce from the heat. In a medium size casserole dish, add the cooked pasta. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir together to coat the pasta. Add half of the cheese to the pasta and white sauce mixture. Stir so that the cheese is mixed in with the pasta and white sauce. Top the pasta mixture with the remaining cheese. Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese melts (about 15 minutes). By this time the sloppy joe mixture should be reduced to a thick but saucy consistency. Serve while both are hot. In serving dishes, add a layer of the sloppy joe mixture, then a layer of macaroni and cheese, and repeat. Top with thinly sliced jalapenos.

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2 Responses to “Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade — June 8, 2017 @ 1:33 pm (#
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    My goodness, this looks fabulous!! There’s nothing quite like melty, gooey mac & cheese

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    • Nancy — June 8th, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi Karyl, thank you for stopping by!

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