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Sloppy Joe Casserole

This Sloppy Joe Casserole has ground beef and noodles smothered in a cheesy Manwich sauce with corn and diced tomatoes. Just prepare the filling in ONE POT, transfer to a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake!

For a more traditional spin, try my Homemade Sloppy Joes, and don’t forget a side of cornbread!

Sloppy joe casserole in a casserole dish with a spoon scooping it up.

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Guys, this recipe can’t get any better. It’s SO easy, made with pantry ingredients, budget-friendly, doubles as a ONE POT recipe, and can be made 3 days ahead of time. (Bonus: It also makes a great freezer meal.)

Are you sold?! Let’s get into it.

How to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Brown ground beef, add diced onions. Drain excess grease.

Add Manwich sauce, undrained diced tomatoes, and chicken broth.

Bring to a gentle boil, add farfalle pasta. Gently boil for 15 minutes, until al dente.

Ground Beef in a pot with sauce and pasta added showing how to make sloppy joe casserole

Reduce heat to low. Stir in corn. Add cubed Velveeta, replace lid to allow it to melt. Use a silicone spatula to gently stir to combine. 

Cooked pasta noodles in sloppy joe sauce with cheese being added to make sloppy joe casserole

PRO TIP: You can top the pasta with cheese and replace the lid until the cheese is melted and pasta is cooked to your liking. From here, you can serve it as a One Pot meal.

Otherwise, transfer to a casserole dish.

Sloppy Joe Casserole Filling in a pot and in a casserole dish.

Top with cheese. Cover and bake at 375° F for 15 minutes. Serve!

Sloppy Joe Casserole with cheese on top before and after being baked.

One Pot Method

For an easy One Pot approach, don’t transfer to a casserole dish. Instead, sprinkle cheese on top of the pasta once it’s completely cooked through. Place the lid on top and allow the cheese to melt, then serve!

Make-Ahead Method

  • Assemble the casserole and top with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Storage

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

A spoon full of sloppy joe casserole in a casserole dish.

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A close up view of pasta in a sloppy joe sauce in a casserole dish.

Sloppy Joe Casserole

4.96 from 46 ratings
This Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe is loaded with juicy ground beef and noodles smothered in a cheesy Manwich sauce with tomatoes and corn!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef, 85% lean
  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • 1 15.5 oz can Manwich sauce
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, *not* drained
  • ¾ pound farfalle pasta, uncooked
  • 8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or drained from a can
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook and crumble the ground beef in a large, high-walled skillet pot over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the onions and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the beef is brown and the onions are softened. Drain grease.
  • Add liquids: Manwich sauce, chicken broth, and undrained diced tomatoes.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then add the pasta and stir to combine.
  • Cover and let it boil gently until al dente. Stir a few times throughout to ensure the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Add a few extra minutes than what’s indicated on the box since we are boiling gently. Taste-test a noodle before proceeding.
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in the corn. Add the cubed Velveeta and place the cover on the pot to allow it to melt. Lift the cover and gently stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
  • Top with shredded cheddar.
  • Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Remove cover and serve with cornbread!

Notes

Make Ahead Method:
  • Assemble the casserole and top with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

A variety of pastas can be used in this recipe, refer to box for approximate cooking times as compared to farfalle pasta and adjust as needed. Penne makes a great sub.

You can use a whole pound of pasta, I just prefer extra sauce.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 663kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 1599mg, Potassium: 998mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1119IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 485mg, Iron: 4mg
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143 comments on “Sloppy Joe Casserole”

  1. What could you substitute for the velveeta cheese? 

  2. This was delicious! We’re a family of 9 so I stretched it a bit further by adding another half pound of burger, 4 cups of chicken broth, and a whole pound of noodles. I didn’t increase anything else. Super easy, fast and economical meal that everyone enjoyed.

  3. Such quick easy meal to make so delicious everyone will be asking for seconds

  4. Amazing! I left it as a skillet meal and didn’t bake…delicious and fast! Thank you!

  5. Why does video show adding water when not listed in recipe?

  6. Great recipe! Easy and delicious!

  7. Saw this recipe on Google. And amazing how easy it is to make. Great quick meal to serve to family and having tons of leftovers.

    • I’m so glad you found this one Katharine! My daughter and husband are obsessed with this one, thanks so much for the great comments and review!💗

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