Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese
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Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

Two of the most favorite comfort foods collide in this dish and the combination tastes crazy good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Macaroni and Cheese, Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author [email protected]

Ingredients

For the Sloppy Joes:

  • 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 granulated garlic
  • 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)

Instructions

For the Sloppy Joes:

  • Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add 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 little 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 granulated garlic and salt. Remove the white sauce from the heat and set aside for 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Assemble and 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.  Garnish with thinly sliced jalapenos.