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Sloppy Joe Veggie Casserole

Sloppy joe flavor meets veggie lasagna wholesomeness. My family loves this dynamic duo, and you’ll love how simple it is to prepare. —Sue Schmidtke, Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope sloppy joe mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups 2% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, cook beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the vegetables, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sloppy joe mix, parsley and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 7-9 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture.
  • Spoon half of the mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with cottage cheese, 3/4 cup Colby-Monterey Jack cheese and the remaining pasta mixture.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining Colby-Monterey Jack cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 433 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1127mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • Garry
    Sep 14, 2020

    Tasted awesome and so easy to make. My wife and I loved it.

  • Kelly
    Aug 13, 2020

    my family enjoyed this. will make again

  • fhquilting
    Nov 15, 2019

    A note to Vondalin: many of us value the input of other cooks sharing their changes, deletions or additions! I hang on every word and, then, offer my take on the recipe. It is highly unlikely that every cook's family will accept the recipe as written due to varying tastes. Here is what I did with the recipe: I added a few shakes of Worcestershire, dash of vinegar and some hot sauce. We loved it!

  • LPHJKitchen
    Aug 19, 2019

    Huge hit with the family! We love our sloppy joe's but this was a great new take on it. Love the addition of the mixed veggies too!

  • koppkidsmom
    Feb 15, 2017

    AWESOME!!! Will be adding this to my casserole collection. Only thing I did different was use green onions. Everyone in the family loved it and went back for seconds.

  • diligentfrog
    Apr 3, 2016

    Loved it! My 7 year old even asked for SECONDS!!! And that never happens!

  • joycels
    Mar 20, 2016

    Made this the other night and we all liked it. Worth making it again. I think I might try adding in some frozen tomatoes to this also.

  • KittieCatt
    Feb 18, 2016

    Thanks Sue! This dish was VERY delicious! I took the liberty to add in a clove of finely minced garlic in Step #2. Instead of using (ALL) 2% cottage cheese.... I used a 50/50 combo of 2% cottage cheese, and Low Fat Ricotta. In Step #4, I used an "Italian Five Cheese Blend", because that's what I had in my fridge at the time. This dish was delicious, and we enjoyed it very much. I'll definitely make it again.

  • cp1842
    Feb 17, 2016

    All in all this was very good!! Easy to make!! I read all the reviews and any of the changes you want to make to this recipe should work just fine. I used about 1/2 lb more meat. I would use ricotta cheese. Instead of baking for the last 10 minutes, I broiled this dish for 5 minutes which gave a nice melted/crunchy crust on top. My family loved it!!

  • mpetz18
    Feb 17, 2016

    Excellent recipe! Everyone in my family enjoyed it. I used half ricotta and half cottage cheese. I liked the vegetables and the taste of the sauce. I will definitely make this again.