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Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

mommyfor5 User ID: 4154560 34805
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"We thought it tasted a lot like lasagna or a spaghetti bake. The flavor of the sauce is much like "Ragu". Next time I'm using the jarred sauce to save even more steps."

keepers1118 User ID: 4029139 36732
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"I used ground turkey in place of the ground beef, and also used 12 oz. of low-fat cottage cheese. Instead of baking in the oven, I cooked it covered in the microwave for about 10 minutes. Very tasty."

amwelsh User ID: 5095345 93624
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"We liked it alot. Changed a couple of things, but very tasty!"

vwalter User ID: 551915 34878
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Great flavor. quick and easy!! My kind of meal."

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 55540
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Loved this recipe since it was quick to throw together and an easy way to hide cottage cheese in. Similar to lasagna with a lot less work."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 109463
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"Almost like a lazy lasagna. I made this for my FIL's birthday and it went over very well. I made it the day prior and then baked it in the oven just prior to serving and it was fine."

jociadam User ID: 1065711 93300
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"I made this last night and it was a hit, although I didn't follow the recipe to a "T". I'm the only one in the family who likes cottage cheese, so I just served it on the side, instead of putting it into the recipe (the guys wouldn't have touched it if I had put it in). Also, we live in a small town with two grocery stores and the only one who sells sloppy joe mix in pouches was out of it, so I ended up buying Heinz sloppy joe sauce in a can and used that instead of the mix, tomato sauce, tomato paste and water. Even with that change, it was still excellent, although I do want to try it again as the recipe reads. We had it with corn, fried potatoes and croissants and everyone cleaned their plate. Definitely a keeper."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 55538
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I thought it was WONDERFUL!! I am always trying to make different dishes. My husband and I get tired of eating the same things and this is definitely a keeper. I love it! It is GREAT reheated for left overs too. I may change a few things to better suit my husband's taste, but for me personally I wouldn't change anything it has great flavor and is simple to make."

gubby420 User ID: 1396204 132527
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I loved this recipe. It was very easy to put together, and was even better as leftovers. The cottage cheese makes it tasty and creamy. I'm making it for dinner tonite!"

Donalee2 User ID: 1654265 48569
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009


sablesagirl User ID: 948669 204852
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2008

"i noted the recipe said to cook and drain pasta. pinkhottie must have missed reading that."

pinkhottie User ID: 3003964 77769
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2008

"this was a good dish. eveybody loved it. although i would suggest that if you make this that you cook the pasta first. otherwise the pasta is rather "crunchy". other than that it was very good"

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