Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

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

    oil in a skillet

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  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.

    beef and onions cooking in a skillet

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

    combine the garlic powder, prepared mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar in a bowl

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

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

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

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

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

    dry mustard and pepper added to the flour mixture in the saucepan

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

    milk added to the flour mixture in the saucepan

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

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

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  13. Combine the drained macaroni with the cheese sauce.

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

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  15. Top with the macaroni and cheese mixture.

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  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.

    breadcrumb mixture in a bowl

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

    Sprinkle the crumbs over the macaroni and cheese layer

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

    Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

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