Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese
Total TimePrep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
- 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 shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 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.
- 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.
- Spread two-thirds of the macaroni mixture in a 13x9-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.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 390 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 923mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.
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Sep 25, 2015
This is a family favorite that I make often. The meat sauce part freezes well, so I usually make a 5 times batch of the meat sauce, then serve 1 and freeze 4. The days when I make it by thawing the meat sauce, it is super easy.
May 3, 2013
Since I have insulin dep. diabetes, this dish sounds like it may work well for my needs. Thank You for sharing.
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!!
Jan 10, 2013
Makes lots. I added a full pound of meat.
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.
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!
Sep 21, 2011
This recipe was okay but I don't feel it's worth all the prep. and clean up. It is a good diet "comfort food" but it's nothing special.
Jul 12, 2011
I used beef instead, and halved the amount of mac, milk,and cheddar, just because there is only two of us. the rest of the recipe I kept the same. I'm making this my new mac and cheese. Sooooo much flavour. As suggested in the magazine I will also try replacing the sloppy joe mix with taco seasoning. Dorothy I thank you.
Oct 26, 2009
I used ground chicken instead of Turkey and also 1% milk. Most delicious
May 27, 2009
Made this without carrots because I didn't have any and used fat free milk. It turned out AMAZING! Great flavor and I agree that it is very creamy and filling. Definitely a recipe for that I will be making again and again!