Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese

Diana Rattray / The Spruce

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
788 Calories
41g Fat
53g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 788
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 20g 101%
Cholesterol 169mg 56%
Sodium 1174mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 51g
Calcium 468mg 36%
*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 (85% to 90%)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (sharp cheddar, or a cheddar blend) 
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil. Add the ground beef and onions and cook, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are lightly browned. Pour off excess grease.

  2. In a small bowl or cup, combine the garlic powder, prepared mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar. Stir into the ground beef mixture. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Set aside.

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

  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  5. Add the milk and cook, stirring, until thickened. Stir in the shredded cheese and add salt, to taste.

  6. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  7. Combine the drained macaroni with the cheese sauce.

  8. Spoon the ground beef mixture into a lightly greased 2 to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Top with the macaroni and cheese mixture.

  9. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.

  10. Combine the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter, mixing well to coat all of the crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the macaroni and cheese layer.

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