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This Cheesy Sloppy Joe Casserole combines pasta, ground beef, flavorful onions, bell peppers, creamy Velveeta Cheese, and melty Colby-jack cheese. All smothered in Manwich sauce for a tasty twist on a classic recipe.
If you love a sloppy joe sandwich, then this cheesy casserole recipe is going to be your new favorite.
It gives you all of the flavors that you love in a sloppy joe sandwich but in an easy-to-make (and less messy) casserole.
For another twist on traditional sloppy joes try these tasty Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes in the crockpot.
Did I mention that this beef casserole also has noodles? Yum!
You’ll have dinner on the table in no time and this dish is sure to be a hit with your whole family.
If you have your onions and peppers chopped ahead of time, this easy recipe won’t take you long at all, making it a great choice for an easy weeknight dinner.
If you give this easy ground beef casserole recipe a try, I am sure that it will quickly make its way onto your weekly dinner rotations.
Why You’ll Love This Sloppy Joe Casserole
- It is a tasty twist on a classic sandwich–and much less messy too!
- You only need a few easy-to-find ingredients.
- It’s simple to prepare.
- It is full of melty cheese!
- It makes a great freezer meal.
- It’s comforting and delicious!
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Ground Beef
- Green Bell Pepper
- Manwich Sauce
- Shredded Cheese
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- Pasta: You can use any type of pasta for this casserole. I’ve made it with elbows and rotini. I’ve even used wheat pasta and hidden veggie pasta – both turned out great!
- Meat: You can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
- Cheese: Feel free to use any of your favorite shredded cheeses for the topping (as long as they melt well – try not to use one that is too crumbly).
How To Make Sloppy Joe Casserole
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Cook your pasta al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain, return to pot, and sprinkle with olive oil to help keep the noodles from sticking together. Cover and set aside.
Step 2: Brown the ground beef on the stovetop in a large pan over medium-high heat. Drain the excess grease and add the chopped onions and peppers. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the onions begin to turn translucent.
Step 3: Stir in the sloppy joe sauce.
Step 4: Add the cubed velveeta. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until well-combined and the cheese has completely melted in (about 3 minutes). Stir in the cooked pasta.
Step 5: Transfer to a prepared baking dish, top with shredded cheese, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350° F.
Step 6: Serve warm, garnished with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.
What to Serve with Sloppy Joe Casserole
I love to pair this casserole with a green veggie, like broccoli, green beans, this pan-seared asparagus with soy sauce and garlic, or this creamed spinach. If you miss the bun from the sandwich, you can add potato rolls as a side. My family loves to pair ours with crescent rolls sometimes as well.
Does your family like to enjoy something sweet after dinner? I know that we do! One of my favorite desserts to pair with this baked Sloppy Joe Casserole is this oreo poke cake. It’s chocolatey and delicious! If you’re leaning more towards a tart, fruity flavor for your dessert, you will love these 3-ingredient lemon cookies.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it makes a great freezer meal! Once your sloppy joe noodle casserole has been baked and completely cooled you can freeze it for up to 6 weeks. Then simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it when you are ready to enjoy.
If you have any leftovers, store them in the fridge in a sealed, air-tight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, preheat the oven to 350° F and bake for about 20 minutes, or until warm. You can also microwave smaller portions for 2-3 minutes, or until warm.
Prepare the casserole up until it is ready to bake. Then cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to bake, remove the casserole from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature as you preheat the oven to 350° F. Then bake as directed in the recipe card below.
Sure, feel free to use any of your favorite sloppy joe sauces, or you can even make your own.
Sure! You can use lentils in place of the ground beef to make this dish vegetarian.
This casserole could be gluten-free if you switch your regular pasta for gluten-free pasta. Manwich is gluten-free, as well as the Velveeta and fresh ingredients.
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Sloppy Joe Casserole
- 12 ounces uncooked pasta
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
- 1 and ½ 16-ounce cans Manwich
- 8 ounces velveeta cheese cubed
- 1 ½ cups shredded colby-jack or cheddar cheese
- fresh parsley chopped, for garnish
- Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large pot, cook the pasta al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain well, return to pot, and sprinkle with olive oil to help keep the noodles from sticking together. Cover and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Brown the meat on the stovetop in a large pan over medium-high heat. Drain the excess grease and add the chopped onions and peppers. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
- Stir in the sloppy joe sauce.
- Add the cubed velveeta. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until well-combined and the cheese has completely melted in (about 3 minutes).
- Stir in the cooked pasta.
- Transfer to a prepared baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Serve warm. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.