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Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

  • Do you know what a music mash-up is?

    It’s when a talented DJ takes two songs that seem worlds apart and mixes them together into a seamless creation.

    Well, this is my comfort food mash-up. It takes two of my favorite dinners from childhood (sloppy joes and macaroni and cheese) and mashes them together into one delicious dish.

    And trust me. Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese is a mash-up that you’re going to try out.

    Of course, there are two crucial parts to this dish and I really recommend taking the time to make them both from scratch. It takes about 20-30 minutes total and really makes the dish something special.

    I like to start with the sloppy joe part because it will keep better while you make the macaroni.

    Start by pulsing up your carrots, celery, and onion in a food processor until they are nicely chopped. If you don’t have a food processor, you can just mince them finely.

    In a large pan, add a drizzle of olive oil and all of the ground beef. Crank the heat up to medium-high and cook the beef until it’s nicely browned.

    Once the meat is browned, add in the veggies and a pinch of salt.

    Cook this for another 4-5 minutes until the veggies start to soften a bit, then add in some tomato sauce (I used Muir Glenn organic) along with the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, and spices.

    Let this all simmer together for a minute or two and your sloppy joe mix is done!

    On to the macaroni and cheese! I like to use elbow macaroni for my mac and cheese just because I’m a traditionalist. You could use any kind of tubular pasta though. Just cook the pasta according to the package and set it aside.

    The real key to a good macaroni and cheese is in the cheese sauce. No surprises there, I’m sure.

    And the key to cheese sauce is a good roux. If you don’t know what a roux is, it’s just a combination of butter and flour that you cook on medium heat for a few minutes.

    It will turn into a light brown paste as you whisk it (and you should be whisking it). This stuff will thicken almost anything.

    When your roux is ready, it’ll look something like this.

    It should also go without saying that you’ll need a good amount of cheese for this. About 8 ounces should do the trick, but you could do even more if you wanted. I like to use Monterey Jack for my mac and cheese because it melts really well, but feel free to use cheddar or something else.

    Grate your cheese and have it ready.

    Once your roux is a light brown color, slowly start whisking in your milk. Add it about a quarter cup at a time and whisk furiously. The mixture will steam and hiss at you which is fine. If you add the milk too quickly, your roux will be really lumpy – which is no good.

    So add the milk slowly and whisk, whisk, whisk. Eventually, you’ll have a nice smooth sauce with the consistency of a light gravy. If it seems too runny, just stir it over medium heat for a few minutes and it’ll thicken up. I promise.

    Then you can add it all your cheese and stir it until it’s melted.

    Stir in your macaroni and you’re in business.

    The most important thing about assembling this dish is to make sure and rub butter or oil all over the baking dish so the macaroni doesn’t stick to it.

    Then add all the sloppy joe mix to the bottom of the pan.

    Scoop the macaroni and cheese on top next. It should completely fill the dish.

    As a final touch, I like to rip up some bread (or hamburger buns) and add those on top. They will crisp up nicely in the oven and give the dish some texture.

    Toss this thing in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and then let it cool for a minute or two before serving it.

    Your people will be in for a treat!

    Of course, if you were in a rush or didn’t feel confident in your cooking abilities, you could use a few shortcuts like boxed mac and cheese for this dish, but the real payoff comes with the homemade versions.

    Give this comfort food mash-up a shot!

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    Nick considers himself to be an expert of the cuisine mashup. Check out his blog Macheesmo and Tablespoon profile for more examples!

Mac and Cheese Sloppy Joes

Mac and Cheese Sloppy Joes are a fun twist on traditional sloppy joes.

The whole family with love these tasty sandwiches loaded with hamburger meat and mac and cheese.

This cheesy sloppy joe recipe takes just over thirty minutes from start to finish and produces four large sandwiches.

Printable Recipe Card with a Full List of Ingredients and Instructions is Located at the Bottom of the Post.

Be sure to read through the entire post so that you don’t miss out on any important tips and tricks!

To make these mac and cheese sloppy joes, I started by cooking some macaroni noodles according to the directions on the package.

Once the macaroni was cooked I drained it in a colander and set it aside.

While the macaroni was cooking, I dumped some lean ground beef into a large saute pan over medium-high heat.

I crumbled the ground beef well as it cooked.

I added some diced onions to the pan with the ground beef while it was cooking.

I stirred the ground beef and onions together well.

Once the ground beef was fully cooked, I drained the grease from the pan.

Then I added some ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and brown sugar to a medium mixing bowl.

I stirred until all of the ingredients were fully combined.

Then I added the sauce to the pan with the ground beef.

I stirred until all of the ground beef was coated in the sauce and then reduced the heat to low.

I poured some condensed cheddar soup, heavy cream, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder into a large pot over medium heat.

I whisked all of the ingredients together until smooth.

I added the cooked macaroni noodles to the pot.

Then I stirred until all of the noodles were coated in the soup mixture.

Once the sauce started to bubble I reduced the heat to low.

I added some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese to the pot.

I stirred until the cheese was melted.

Then I lay four large hamburger buns in a single layer on a baking sheet.

I placed the baking sheet in the oven and toasted the buns.

Once the buns were toasted I removed them from the oven.

I spooned the ground beef mixture onto the bottom buns.

Then I spooned some mac and cheese on top of the ground beef.

I placed the top buns on the mac and cheese and then the sloppy joes were ready to serve.

These hearty sloppy joes are the perfect comfort food.

If you love sloppy joes and macaroni and cheese then you’ll love these sandwiches.

If you are looking for a fun and easy ground beef dinner recipe, then you need to try these Mac and Cheese Sloppy Joes!

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Ingredients You’ll Need to Make These Mac and Cheese Sloppy Joes:

Sloppy Joe Mac ‘N Cheese

We call this “comfort fusion” because it brings together two of our favorite comfort foods together in one dish.

Well, if there’s one thing we love coming home to after the end of a long, busy day, it’s got to be a home-cooked meal. Most of the time we can whip up well-balanced meals that are practical and healthy, but sometimes all we want is just a belly-warming comfort food meal to help us forget about all the hustle and bustle of our days. This Sloppy Joe Mac ‘N Cheese is truly comfort in a skillet. We jokingly call it “fusion” food because it fuses two of our favorite comfort food meals into one amazing dish.

We start with our usual sloppy joe ingredients, ground meat, tomato sauce, savory Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and just for some excitement a little bit of chili powder for some heat. From time to time, we like to use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Ground turkey is just a little bit lighter without compromising the overall sloppy joe beef experience. We add even more flavor with some diced onion and minced garlic to complete the mouthwatering flavor profile.

Then it’s on to the mac ‘n cheese part, and this isn’t complicated at all. We’re not making our usual mac n’ cheese but we can give a nod to it with elbow macaroni and cheddar cheese. We add macaroni and water to the same skillet as the sloppy joe mix. Once the noodles are ready, then we can add the cheese and give everything a good stir, then cover it with a lid to help melt the cheese.

There’s no need to stand on ceremony with this dish, no formal serving dish required, which is why we bring the skillet directly to the dinner table and scoop out cheesy spoonfuls of this amazing fusion dish. Our Sloppy Joe Mac ‘N Cheese is one of those meals that everyone absolutely loves, and it’s hard to actually keep any leftovers, but trust us, if there are any leftovers it tastes even better the next day. The best part of some of our favorite comfort foods is that they’re not fancy or ingredient-heavy, which is why we love this combination of sloppy joes and mac ‘n cheese – two simple meals that come together in one absolutely delicious comfort meal.


1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
¾ pound lean ground turkey
½ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup shredded carrot
1 can (14½ ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
½ cup water
1 envelope sloppy joe mix (or make your own, recipe below)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon butter
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground mustard
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
4 cups 2% milk
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Homemade Sloppy Joe Mix:

3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, celery, and carrot over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender drain.

3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and sloppy joe mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Drain macaroni set aside.

5. In a large saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender.

6. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.

7. Gradually add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.

8. Stir in the process cheese until melted.

9. Add macaroni and 1 cup cheddar cheese mix well.

10. Spread two thirds of the macaroni mixture in a 13 in. x 9 in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread turkey mixture to within 2 in. of edges. Spoon remaining macaroni mixture around edges of pan. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese cover and let stand until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information:

459 calories
16 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
71 mg cholesterol
1,140 mg sodium
54 g carbohydrate
3 g fiber
26 g protein

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 if preferred.

This macaroni and cheese is made with a basic white sauce and a touch of granulated garlic.

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, thinly sliced fresh jalapenos are used as garnish.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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

For the Macaroni and Cheese – cooked (al-denti) Cavatappi pasta, butter, flour, sharp cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, milk, granulated garlic, salt, pepper and a jalapeno pepper

A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Sloppy Joes:

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

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.

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…

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

Stir in the granulated garlic 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.

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

Top the pasta mixture with the remaining cheese.

…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…

Garnish with thinly sliced jalapenos.

…enjoy each and every bite.

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One-Pot Wonder: Stick-to-your-ribs sloppy Joe mac and cheese

Creamy, dreamy mac and cheese combined with meaty sloppy Joes is comfort food heaven on earth. What’s even better &mdash it’s a 30-minute, one-pot meal.

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Hot and right off the stove, this mashup tastes so good and is for sure second helping worthy.

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For the best of both worlds, this yummy combo is comfort food to the max.

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One-pot sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons hot sauce (or to taste)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked (al dente) elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or Velveeta cheese, cubed)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Heat a medium-size skillet on medium heat, and add the olive oil, onions and bell pepper.
  2. Stir and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Continue to stir as the ingredients are cooking, until the ground beef is thoroughly cooked.
  4. Add the ketchup and water.
  5. Stir together. Cover with a lid, and simmer on low heat until the mixture thickens (about 8 minutes).
  6. Transfer the sloppy Joe mixture to a medium-size bowl, and set aside for a moment.
  7. Heat the pan on medium heat, and add the cream, milk, cheddar cheese and mozzarella (or Velveeta cheese). Stir until the cheese is melted.
  8. Add the macaroni, and stir until the mixture thickens.
  9. Fold in the sloppy Joe mixture. Salt to taste.
  10. Serve while warm. Garnish with chives.

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Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese - Recipes

Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

15min Prep, 25min Cook, 40min Total


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 (7-oz) pkg elbow macaroni
  • 1 (8-oz) pkg shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Cook beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned and crumbly drain and return to skillet.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, milk, broth, Worcestershire, and Dijon. Bring to a boil. Stir in uncooked macaroni reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 12 to 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in 1½ cups cheese until melted. Sprinkle with ½ cup cheese let stand until melted.

Side Dish Ingredients

Side Dish Instructions

  1. Cook beans according to package directions drain, if needed.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds. Add beans, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

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What Is A Sloppy Joe?

A sloppy joe is traditionally known as a sandwich made of ground beef that&rsquos seasoned and tossed in a tomato sauce with onions and other spices. The origin of the sloppy joe seems to date back to a restaurant in Sioux Falls, Iowa where a cook named Joe sold &ldquoloose meat sandwiches&rdquo which eventually were called sloppy joes.

Some people say the sloppy joe dated back before that, it just didn&rsquot go by that particular name. The name really took off in the 1960s when Manwhich started selling a prepackaged sloppy joe sauce at stores. The rest is history, as the sloppy joe has become a household name.

Now we can take that love of sloppy joes a step further and mix it with another American favorite, mac, and cheese!

Skillet Creamy Mac and Cheese

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Skillet Creamy Mac and Cheese is the perfect cheesy comfort food recipe with heavy cream, Velveeta cheese, and tender macaroni noodles.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is a staple dish for many families. It’s an awesome kid-friendly lunch, or Side Dish to go with a family dinner. We’ve made Mac and Cheese in a variety of ways, including Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese and Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. This stovetop method is just as easy, cheesy, and delicious!


Simple, rich Mac and Cheese is definitely in the top five for most kids’ favorite dishes ever. Who could blame them? It’s impossible to say no to delicious pasta all cooked in a creamy cheese sauce. It is pure, comforting perfection!

For this Mac and Cheese recipe, all you need are a few staple ingredients like milk, pasta, and butter. Then it’s finished off with Velveeta cheese for the perfect smooth texture and cheesy flavor.

Aside from delicious it is, the cooking time is fast and easy. Just cook the pasta, then combine the sauce on the stovetop and finally stir it all together. It is easy, tasty, and ready in minutes all on the stovetop.

This Mac and Cheese is perfect for a hassle-free lunch or side dish. It’s also delicious enough you could enjoy it for a special occasion. Make this dish a go-to for weeknight meals, or dress it up with toasted bread crumbs and serve along with your Roast Turkey over the holidays.

Watch the video: How to make Sloppy Joe Mac n Cheese (January 2022).