Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese

Diana Rattray / The Spruce

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
885 Calories
52g Fat
45g Carbs
58g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 885
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 66%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 201mg 67%
Sodium 1237mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 685mg 53%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 853mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This great tasting family casserole is a meal in one dish. The "sloppy" part of this macaroni and cheese recipe is tasty sloppy Joe—a ground beef layer is followed by a creamy and rich homemade macaroni and cheese layer, then topped with bread crumbs and baked to perfection. This casserole will likely be a hit for kids and adults alike.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 2 cupsshredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat vegetable oil.

  3. Add ground beef and onions and cook, stirring, until beef is no longer pink and the onions are lightly browned. Pour off excess grease.

  4. In a small bowl or cup, combine the garlic powder, prepared mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar.

  5. Stir into the ground beef mixture. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Set aside.

  6. Cook the macaroni following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water.

  7. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.

  8. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  9. Add 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  10. Add the milk and cook, stirring, until thickened.

  11. Stir in the shredded cheese and add salt, to taste.

  12. Pre heat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 2 to 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

  13. Combine the drained macaroni with the cheese sauce.

  14. Spoon the ground beef mixture into prepared baking dish.

  15. Top with the macaroni and cheese mixture.

  16. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Combine the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter, mixing well to coat all of the crumbs.

  17. Sprinkle the crumbs over the macaroni and cheese layer.

  18. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until hot and the topping is lightly browned.