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Sloppy Joe Pasta

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
    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 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 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.
  • Spoon half into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with cottage cheese and remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 291 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 904mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • pinksuitcases
    Oct 14, 2020

    There is no mention of ANY cheese in the ingredient list. Best remedy that. Good base recipe. You can really make it your own.

  • Sue Zappa
    Sep 28, 2019

    My husband frequently asks for this casserole since I first made it in June, 2019. He loves the taste; I love the ease of preparation

  • Mulinda
    Jun 9, 2018

    No comment left

  • Joe
    Jul 29, 2017

    Very good...especially leftovers.

  • Cklee1403
    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
    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
    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
    Sep 29, 2016

    Very good and the ingredients go very well together.

  • darcien007
    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
    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!