Want a sloppy joe without the bun? This sloppy joe pasta has all the great flavors of a sloppy joe but in pasta form. It's beefy, tomato-y, slightly sweet and slightly spicy, and full of hidden vegetables. It's also fast, easy, and super kid-friendly.
This sloppy joe pasta is the perfect weeknight meal. It's super filling and fast, plus the whole family will love it. I love it in the winter time because it's so warm and comforting. I'm not going to say it's the healthiest meal ever, but I did throw in lots of extra vegetables (but don't worry...you won't even notice).
- Ground beef
- Sweet or yellow onion
- Red bell pepper
- Marinara sauce- We use Rao's or Victoria, but use your favorite.
- Pasta- We use macaroni, but any short pasta will work.
- Shredded carrots
- Condiments and spices: garlic, soy sauce, dijon mustard, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, ground cayenne, chili powder, and salt
Step 1: Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
Step 2: Add oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and red peppers and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften. Then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring continuously.
Step 3: Add the ground beef and carrots and cook until the ground beef is nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Step 4: Add the remaining ingredients to the pan. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and let simmer for an additional 7-10 minutes.
Step 5: Add the cooked pasta to the pan and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy immediately!
Frequently asked questions
It is! Sloppy joes are dairy free, so we made this pasta without any dairy as well. If you're really craving cheese, I'm fairly certain some shredded cheddar wouldn't ruin this pasta. 😉
You can store these leftovers in an air-tight container for 3 or 4 days. We reheat ours in the microwave for a minute or two.
Yes! This would be great with ground chicken or turkey if you want to put a healthier spin on it. Italian sausage or spicy Italian sausage would also be great!