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Our Sloppy Joe Casserole has ground beef and noodles that are smothered in Manwich sauce and topped with melted cheese for a twist on a classic dinner recipe.
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Table of Contents
  1. Sloppy Joe Casserole with Manwich
  2. Why We Love This Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

This Sloppy Joe Casserole has the same delicious flavors as a classic sloppy joe sandwich in casserole form. Ground beef and noodles are smothered in Manwich sauce and topped with melted cheese for a hearty and delicious dinner recipe.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole with Manwich

If you’re a fan of a classic sloppy joe sandwich, you will love this sloppy joe casserole. It’s easy to make and can be ready in less than an hour. Plus, it’s a little less messy to eat than a traditional sloppy joe!

The secret ingredient is Manwich sauce, which gives this pasta dish the delicious, familiar flavors of the beloved sandwich. Mixed with ground beef, onions, pasta and topped off with gooey cheese, this is one pasta bake that you do not want to miss!

Why We Love This Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

  • Super easy casserole recipe.
  • Short list of ingredients.
  • Makes a great freezer meal.
  • Quick and easy clean-up!

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Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Ground beef – You could substitute pork sausage for ground beef.
  • Yellow onion -diced
  • Manwich sauce -original (39oz total) – You can also try Thick and Chunky or Bold Sloppy Joe sauce.
  • Bowtie noodles – Penne or shells could also be used.
  • Velveeta cheese -shredded
  • Colby-jack cheese -shredded

Substitutions and Additions

  • CHEESE: Cubed Velveeta can be substituted for the shredded, it will just take a little longer to incorporate. You could also substitute a different type of cheese in place of the Colby-jack, such as cheddar or provolone if you’d like!
  • CORN: A delicious, simple addition that I sometimes like to add is a bag of frozen corn for a bit of crunch! This is an optional addition to your casserole.
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  • 4-5 quart heavy bottomed stock pot
  • 9×13 baking dish
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How to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole

This recipe will come together easily and will be ready in under an hour. You can prepare all of the ingredients in the same pan, then simply transfer them to a baking dish for easy clean-up!

  1. Brown the ground beef in a stock pot. 
  2. Add diced onion.
  3. Cook your pasta al dente.
  4. Add the two cans of manwich sauce to the cooked noodles.
  5. Add shredded velveeta. Stir together until well combined.
  6. Pour the casserole mix into a prepared baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the shredded Colby-jack cheese on top.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Sloppy joe casserole makes for a great freezer meal, and can be stored for up to 3 months. 
  • To Reheat: If reheating from the freezer it’s best to let the pasta thaw a bit before placing it in the microwave. If reheating from the fridge, simply pop the casserole in the microwave until it’s heated through.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to serve with sloppy joe casserole?

This recipe is really great on its own and it doesn’t necessarily need a side to go with it. However, if you’re looking for a delicious side dish that would compliment this casserole well, I would recommend this coleslaw recipe!

What is the best canned sloppy joe mix?

As you can tell from the recipe ingredients, I think that Manwich is the best sloppy joe mix out there! It’s the only one I ever buy. But, there are tons of other options out there. So, you can choose whichever you think is the best. You could also opt for making your own homemade sloppy joe mix, too!

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4.86 from 74 votes
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Sloppy Joe Casserole

Serves — 6
Our Sloppy Joe Casserole has ground beef and noodles that are smothered in Manwich sauce and topped with melted cheese for a twist on a classic dinner recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 24 oz can original Manwich sauce
  • 15 oz can original Manwich sauce
  • 12 oz pkg farfalle (bowtie) noodles cooked al dente
  • 8 oz pkg shredded velveeta
  • 8 oz pkg shredded colby-jack cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish and set it aside.
  • Using a 4-5 quart heavy bottomed stock pot, brown the ground beef and diced onion on medium-high heat. Drain any excess grease, and return the browned ground beef and onions to the stock pot.
  • Add the 2 cans of manwich sauce, the cooked bowtie noodles and the shredded velveeta. Stir the ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour the Manwich casserole into the prepared 9×13 baking dish.
  • Evenly sprinkle the 8 oz pkg shredded colby-jack on top of the casserole.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Sloppy joe casserole makes for a great freezer meal, and can be stored for up to 3 months. 
  • To Reheat: If reheating from the freezer it’s best to let the pasta thaw a bit before placing it in the microwave. If reheating from the fridge, simply pop the casserole in the microwave until it’s heated through.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 861kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 2809mg | Potassium: 1017mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 1034IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 552mg | Iron: 4mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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    1. Honestly, it depends how big of eaters you are and what you are serving with this. It is a pretty heavy meal with the pasta and beef so you may be okay with one. If not, I wouldn’t do more than double it and I would bake it in 2 dishes. You can always freeze or use as leftovers. I think you will have a lot leftover if you double still.

  1. 3 stars
    Husband picked this one out and asked me to make it one night. Couple weeks went by before I gathered the ingredients. We had to use a small can of the bold sauce since that was the only choice at my store. I really liked it. He thought it was a little spicy with the bold sauce so next time I want to try it with both cans of regular. Will definitely try it again and probably often.

  2. 5 stars
    What a pleasant surprise this casserole turned out to be! I had 2 cans of Manwich sauce and decided make this. So yummy. I added corn and chopped red pepper to ground turkey and pasta