Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

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Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese recipe is an easy family-friendly meal made in under 30 minutes for pure comfort food everyone will go crazy for!

Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese recipe is an easy family-friendly meal made in under 30 minutes for pure comfort food everyone will go crazy for!

Only a few days left until Father’s day…

Each year, my mom has my Grandparents over for dinner on Father’s day.  He is a picky eater and I’m always racking my brain when she asks me for ideas on what to cook for him.  When she asked me a couple of weeks ago, this was the first meal that came to my mind.  After I made it for dinner one night all I could think about was how nobody could NOT like this meal – kids, adults, and all the people in between.  I found the Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese on Taste and Tell’s blog and knew right away (after seeing her amazing cheese-loaded photos) that I was going to love it!  I changed it up just a bit to my liking and increased the ingredients in order to make a larger dish of it (because who doesn’t like leftovers?).  I also used Cabot yellow sharp cheddar cheese because I firmly believe that Cabot takes any cheese dish to the next level!  My favorite cheese of all time – hands down.

Cheesy, Easy Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese recipe is an easy family-friendly meal made in under half an hour for pure comfort food everyone will love!

What are you doing for Father’s day?  I have a bridal shower for my step-brother’s fiance on Saturday and Sunday I plan on not doing a whole lot besides visiting my dad’s grave.  I can’t believe this is my second Father’s day without him!  I have a Father’s day card I purchased WAY ahead of time before he passed away that I never got to give him.  It sits here in my desk drawer next to me but I keep it buried because it stings to even look at it.  I told a story last year on my blog about my dad when he first told me the bad news about the lung cancer.  In the same conversation he asked me to make him a “special daddy dessert” and requested “vanilla custard pudding.”  I never had the chance to make it for him as he passed away just a couple of weeks later, but I made it in his honor last year for Father’s day.  You can check it out here!  I’m happy to say that even though I miss my dad more than ever, a lot of that guilt of what I “should have done” or “could have done” has subsided.

I can see my dad loving this Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese meal and I think yours will, too.  Cheese, beef, pasta – now THAT’S a man’s meal.  The sweetness in the sauce from the brown sugar is out of this world and unexpected.  If you need more Father’s day inspiration, I have a collection of recipes here.

I’ll end with this poem that I love so much, especially the last couple of sentences – I can’t read it without crying!  Happy Father’s day to all you dad’s out there!

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Smile and think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost.

One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better, infinitely happier…and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

Picture of me walking down the aisle at my wedding with my dad.

Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese recipe is an easy family-friendly meal made in under 30 minutes for pure comfort food everyone will go crazy for!
Ingredients
Sauce:
  • 1.5 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pasta & Remainder of Dish:
  • 4 cups dry Rotini or other similar pasta
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 cup diced onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used Cabot cheese)
Instructions
Sauce:
  1. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly mix together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
Pasta and the remainder of the dish:
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water according the directions on the package and then drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, green pepper and garlic.
  3. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until fragrant and veggies are soft.
  4. Add the ground beef to the same skillet and break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks all the way through - about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add the sauce that you mixed up earlier to the skillet.
  6. Add the drained pasta and the cheese on top. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and stir the mixture until the cheese has thoroughly melted and the ingredients are evenly coated and distributed.
  7. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

 

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

9 Responses to “Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. June 17, 2016 at 5:45 AM #

    Hugs to you on this Father’s Day. Your dad must be so proud of you. This dish is genius – it combines two of my daughter’s favorite foods. I am sure she would love it as much as your dad would have.

  2. June 17, 2016 at 5:54 PM #

    What a beautiful bride! great post

  3. June 18, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

    Hugs to you. I lost my Dad to cancer in 2007, it was not easy. Still isn’t. So my heart goes out to you.

    The recipe is absolutely perfect. I bet your Dad would have loved it. Very sweet of you to make it in his honour.

  4. June 18, 2016 at 1:53 PM #

    Beautiful post, Ashley, thanks for sharing. Wonderful poem, too, my sentiments exactly. And this macaroni…scrumptious!

  5. June 19, 2016 at 3:58 PM #

    What a beautiful poem! Such a lovely sentiment. That’s so touching you still have the card you were going to give to your dad. I wouldn’t be able to look at it either.

    This macaroni and cheese looks awesome – very comforting.

  6. June 19, 2016 at 10:29 PM #

    This looks like just the kind of belly-filling comfort food that any dad would love. I’m sure your dad would’ve loved a big heaping helping of this… what a lovely way to celebrate his memory.

  7. June 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM #

    That poem is a real tear jerker, and the wedding photo is so very special.
    Love this sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese dish too. Looks delicious and very comforting.

  8. June 20, 2016 at 8:02 PM #

    This poem is beautiful and I love the wedding photo! This pasta would definitely make a dad happy, and I know my kids would love it too!

  9. June 21, 2016 at 11:31 AM #

    What a lovely post, Ashley. I’m glad you are letting go of any guilt you were feeling.
    I’ve been making a cheddar beef mac and I think I need to make this. Looks amazing and the fellas in my life would love it, no doubt!

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