This Sloppy Joe Pasta combines a classic hot sandwich with macaroni for a hearty, comforting meal. You only need a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make it!  

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You can forget the hamburger buns for this sloppy joe recipe because we’re turning the joes into a pasta skillet instead.

This is an easy recipe and a fun way to put a spin on classic sloppy joes. Instead of piling tangy meat filling on buns, I mix it with cooked pasta. Add some shredded cheese, and you get a cheesy, hearty pasta dinner.

I’m showing you how to make sloppy joes without tomato paste and a bunch of other ingredients. Instead, this is a Manwhich pasta recipe, so it’s really easy. Add in some fresh veggies and ground beef, and in about 30 minutes, it’s ready to serve. It’s a great weeknight dinner.

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients
  2. FAQ
  3. Side Dish Ideas 
  4. Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe Recipe


  • Cooking spray
  • Ground beef
  • Chopped yellow onion
  • Chopped green bell pepper
  • Manwich sauce
  • Cooked elbow macaroni
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

How to Make It

1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet over medium heat and then add the onions and peppers. Cook them for two minutes, and then add the ground beef.

2. Break it up while it cooks and drain off the fat once it’s browned.

3. Add the Manwich sauce and bring the skillet to a simmer. Simmer the mixture for three minutes and then add the cooked pasta and stir to combine.  

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4. Add the cheese and stir until it melts into the pasta. Sprinkle the parsley over the top for serving.  

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What other pasta can you use?

Any pasta shape you like will work. Just be sure to boil it first. We like to use macaroni, farfalle (bowties), penne, or rotini.

Can you use ground turkey?

Yes, you can use ground turkey instead of beef. Or, try ground chicken or ground pork. 

Can I use sloppy joe sauce on pasta?

Yes, sloppy joe sauce is excellent with pasta. It’s savory, tangy, sweet, and great with ground beef or ground turkey, too.

How long does sloppy joe pasta last?

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container. They will keep well in the refrigerator for up to three days.  

Side Dish Ideas 

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Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

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Sloppy Joe Pasta is such a surprisingly good recipe! Add some shredded cheese, and you get a cheesy, hearty pasta dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 2 15- ounce cans Manwich sauce
  • 8 ounces 1/2 package elbow macaroni, cooked per package instructions
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese grated
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Cooking spray


  • Heat cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper. Cook for two minutes then add ground beef and cook until ground beef is no longer pink, and onion and pepper have become tender. Drain excess fat.
  • Add Manwich sauce and let simmer for 3 minutes. Add in cooked pasta and stir in to fully coat with sauce. Add cheddar cheese, stir in and let it melt.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve!!

Recipe Notes

  • You can use different types of pasta in this dish. Rotini and Farfalle would work great.
  • If you have a big group to feed use the whole 16 ounces of pasta and add just a little more sauce.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pasta dinner, easy pasta dish, hearty casserole, manwich, pasta dinner, sloppy joes
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If you want a satisfying dinner that doesn’t take long to make, this sloppy joe pasta recipe is one you should try. It’s easy and delicious – enjoy!

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