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Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

Two of the most favorite comfort foods collide in this dish and the combination tastes crazy good!
5 from 1 vote

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.