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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 recipe next!

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. First… the ingredients:


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

  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Manwich Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Water
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Farfalle Pasta- or any other kind you have on hand, cooking time may need to be adjusted.
  • Velveeta Cheese
  • Corn– Frozen or drained from a can
  • Cheddar Cheese– shredded from a block at home for best results.

How to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole

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

Add Manwich sauce, undrained diced tomatoes, water, 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.


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

5 from 24 votes
This Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe is loaded with juicy ground beef and noodles smothered in a cheesy Manwich sauce with tomatoes and corn!


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


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brown the ground beef over medium-high heat in a large pot or dutch oven.
  • Drain excess grease. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add liquids: Manwich sauce, chicken broth, undrained diced tomatoes, and water.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then add the pasta and stir to combine.
  • Cover and let it boil gently for approximately 15 minutes, until al dente. You’ll want to add 3-4 extra minutes than indicated on the box since we are boiling gently.
  • 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!



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.


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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63 comments on “Sloppy Joe Casserole”

  1. Made this tonight and everyone raved about it!!! Followed directions exactly as written! It was very easy to prepare! (Which I really appreciated) I have looked over some of your other recipes and am a fan!!! Thank you so very much!

    • Hey Mari! I’m really happy to hear that you found this recipe to be easy to prepare and that you enjoyed it!! I’m thinking of making this for our dinner tonight actually, haha! Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate that! Take care! -Stephanie

  2. Thank you so much for this! I ended up with about 1.5lbs of leftover sloppy joe filling, so I was looking for some way to incorporate the leftovers into something new.

    I added green onions that were about to go bad, and I also used beef broth instead of chicken broth (that’s what I had on hand) and the local store didnt have velveeta, so I used Ragu cheese sauce. Still turned out amazing!

    • Hey Harlee! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe worked out well for you, and I love that you were able to be resourceful and use up ingredients that you had on hand! Nice work! Thank you so much for the review, I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend! -Stephanie

  3. This recipe is the best 

    • Thank you!😃 I’m so happy you liked it! We make this a lot since it’s kid friendly and my 4 year old daughter loves it! Thanks so much for the review!

  4. So yummy! I had ground beef/onions already made and wanted something quick and easy to do with it. This was a perfect dish to throw together. I didn’t have velveeta so I tossed in cream cheese instead but kept everything else the same. It is delicious and the family loved it!!!! Thank you 😊 

  5. This recipe was so delicious!  I used fresh tomatoes instead just because I had some on hand that needed to be used, and added some chopped red bell pepper.  The whole family enjoyed it!  Thank you for sharing!  

  6. I don’t really follow recipes, but your Sloppy Joe Casserole was the inspiration for last night’s supper. I just cooked up something similar to your list of ingredients, minus the pasta and cheese, and served it over hot noodles and topped it with grated cheese. It took about half the time, and dirtied less dishes.

    Very good!

  7. Made this last night and it was a hit! Easy to do and little mess which is a bonus. I couldn’t find Manwich sauce so I improvised and made my own with tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder and a sloppy joe seasoning packet. Worked like a charm!  Will make it again for sure 🙂 

  8. Its like mac-n-cheese and sloppy Joe had a food baby in my mouth lol. Super yummy 😋

  9. HOLY DELISH BATMAN!!! #YUMMYINMYTUMMY OMG AT THE GOODNESS….just enough for a fam of 4 and some leftovers. #delicious

  10. Is there a way to do this in a crock pot?

    • Hey Andrea, I haven’t tested this in the Crock Pot, I don’t usually like to cook pasta in the Crock Pot because it can easily become mushy or “gooey”, so I tend to stay away. Sorry about that!

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