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Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese - A Family Feast

Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese combines zesty ground beef, peppers, and onions in a creamy macaroni and cheese base.

Yield: 8 servings 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutes


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 large green bell pepper diced small, about 1 1/4 cups

1 medium sweet onion, diced small, about 1 1/4 cups

2 pounds lean ground beef such as 90/10 or 93/7, beef to fat ratio

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 cup tap water

1 pound sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded

1 pound white American cheese, cut up

12 ounces dry elbow macaroni


  1. In a large skillet or braiser, heat olive oil over medium high and once hot, add peppers and onions and sauté for two minutes.
  2. Add ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder and pepper flakes and cook beef to brown. Do not drain.
  3. Add water, shredded cheddar and cut up American and reduce heat to medium.
  4. Stir and cook. The cheese will melt into the beef and water and the mixture will become creamy. Remove from heat.
  5. While the beef and cheese mixture cooks, cook the elbow macaroni to just short of fully cooked then drain and place back into the pot.
  6. Spoon the beef and cheese mixture over the cooked pasta and stir.
  7. Serve immediately.

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© Author: Martha
Cuisine: American Method: stovetop