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Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Decreasing the butter and replacing the half-and-half with milk helped cut a whopping 658 calories and more than half the fat from this casserole. Even though the cholesterol was reduced by 75% and the sodium by 40%, Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese offers all the heart-warming comfort of the original submission.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 13 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope sloppy joe mix
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 459 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 1,140 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, celery and carrot over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water and sloppy joe mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain macaroni; set aside. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in the process cheese until melted. Add macaroni and 1 cup cheddar cheese; mix well.
  3. Spread two-thirds of the macaroni mixture in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread turkey mixture to within 2 in. of edges. Spoon remaining macaroni mixture around edges of pan. Cover and bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese in Light & Tasty August/September 2005, p9

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 459 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 1,140 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed May. 3, 2013

Since I have insulin dep. diabetes, this dish sounds like it may work well for my needs. Thank You for sharing.

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

I just made this tonight and it was SO good. I had to make some adjustments for my diet, since I have to eat gluten-free. I substituted rice for the pasta and beans for the meat. I will definitely make this again. My family loved it!!

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

Makes lots. I added a full pound of meat.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

My family really enjoyed this dish. It was very rich. The next time I make it I'll add more meat & less cheese.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

It's missign something that I can't put my finger on, but yummy none the less! Perfect comfort food. The recipe is very large, so I split it into two 9X9 dishes. One for dinner tonight, one in the freezer for a night when I don't want to cook. :)

My husband says: Perfect comfort food!

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