Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe
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Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

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Since I found this quick-to-fix recipe a few years ago, it's become a regular part of my menu plans. Everyone loves the combination of sloppy joe ingredients, shell pasta and cheddar cheese. —Lynne Leih, Idyllwild, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope sloppy joe mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 package (7 ounces) small shell pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 291 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 904mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the sloppy joe mix, water, tomato sauce and paste; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in pasta.
  2. Spoon half into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with cottage cheese and remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Sloppy Joe Pasta in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p44

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Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 267940
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

"This was easy and pretty good.I used the basic recipe but like someone else suggested I used Manwich because that is what we like for sloppy joes. I added onion and red,yellow,and green peppers.I'm sure I will make this again.easy and tastey."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 256944
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2016

"I made this tonight. I cut the recipe in half. I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese (I use these interchangeably). I also had to make my own "sloppy Joe" pack. I generally make Rachel Rays Super Sloppy Joes. So I don't keep prepackaged mixes on hand. That's said has a good recipe to sub out the packet if you don't have one in the house. My husband said it reminded him of a meal his nanny used to make growing up. So I think it is a winner."

Wakeshia85 User ID: 8808967 256700
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"This recipe was great. The only thing I changed was the cheese. I added more than the recipe called for. My kiddos really enjoyed this!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 254795
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"Very good and the ingredients go very well together."

darcien007 User ID: 5786236 84091
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"I made this tonight. I shortened it a bit by getting a can of man which. I added onion and green pepper to meat. I also added a layer of fresh spinach to the layers. Very quick and inexpensive that was enjoyed"

cpmartin429 User ID: 7402344 41491
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"My mother has been making this for over 30 years..A few differences in the recipe: Mix the cottage cheese in after you add the Large Shell Noodles to the sauce. Also mix in about 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese. bake for 35 - 40 Minutes then top with cheese to your liking bake additional 10-15 minutes. If you mix this with Ragu you won't have Sloppy Joe casserole. I usually double up on the recipe and serve with salad. My family loves this and my husband loves the leftovers for lunch!"

nehrs User ID: 5635261 34815
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"I originally found this recipe a couple of years ago in a Taste of Homes magazine and have been making it ever since. It's awesome and the kids really love this one as does everyone else. I always add a little parmesan in with the cheddar on top and it gives it just a little more depth."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 36734
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"love this. One of the few casseroles I make that my husband actually requests."

silly girl User ID: 5270321 34879
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"I am trying this tonight using a home made sloppy joe recipe. My kids will love it I am sure."

mommyfor5 User ID: 4154560 104755
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I agree about it tasting like lasagna or a spaghetti bake. I will also use the jarred sauce next time (3 less ingredients to buy and store) and skip the extra steps and the dish will even be faster! It was tasty and easy-a new twist on spaghetti bake."

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