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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

4.95 from 40 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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127 comments on “Sloppy Joe Casserole”

  1. Can this be made and frozen to heat and eat later? I’m fixing freezer meals for my sister who has breast cancer. Thanks!

  2. Can this be made without cheese at all? Dairy allergy.

  3. LOVE THIS!! I’ve made it 3 times in 2 months. I change it up every time, and tonight it came out SUPER DELICIOUS!! I added cream of mushroom, seasoned black beans, green chili’s and doubled the beef. Also, I really love the flavor of tomatoe/basil seasoned canned tomotoes. Perfect bend!

    I have used Colby/jack mix on top before adding to the oven, or mozzarella (both or even all three are delicious and melt great- I prefer this over cheddar).

    It just gets better each time I make it! So many varieties you can try. So thank you for this simple started recipe that I have now added to my rotation. 😋

    • I love all the ways you’re switching this one up Lisa, nice work! This is one of those I whip up a lot when I have no idea what to make. Always so easy and like you said it’s easy to customize. Thanks so much for the great comments and review!💕

  4. Why are you using chicken broth with beef?? Why is the pasta listed by weight and not cups or at least both?? Liquid amounts for using fresh tomatoes would be a nice addition. Luckily, I have cooked for many years and can work it up myself.

    • Using chicken broth with beef might seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually a common practice that is used to add depth of flavor. It flavors up the noodles nicely but isn’t as harsh in taste as beef broth. If preferred, beef broth can be substituted. Measuring pasta in weight is the correct practice to use and is also how packages are labeled.

  5. Do have a possible substitute for the velvetta?
    All I have is sliced 😞

  6. Is there a good recipe/replacement for Manwich sauce if I don’t have any on hand? 

  7. It was a great recipe and I made 2 batches. What is the best way to reheat the frozen one

  8. First time making this recipe it was totally amazing… I used ground turkey instead of beef and whole wheat pasta… Thanks Stephanie I can always lean on you for a nice delicious quick recipe thank you so much… I can’t wait to eat it for leftovers for lunch

    • Thanks so much for the great comment Dawn, you’re the best!😍 I’ve been using ground turkey a lot recently and it’s a nice break from ground beef. I’m so happy you enjoyed this and thanks for the great review!

  9. What is manwich sauce

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