This was one of those ideas that sounded strange to me at first. My husband gave me the idea with his talk of sloppy joe expertise. I altered the ingredients a bit by omitting tomatoes (yuck!). As you can tell, tomatoes are not my favorite thing in the world. For the sake of my husband, I will concede and add tomatoes to some of my recipes occasionally (and be sure to pick them out of my own serving). But this particular time, I decided to try something new: A sloppy joe inspired dish, sans tomatoes.
You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese, so I suggest you pick up your favorite out-of-the-box brand and keep it simple if you’re looking for a quick dinner. OR if you want something from scratch, stay tuned as I will be sharing some of my homemade mac and cheese recipes in the near future. This time around however, I opted for a box of store bought “Shell and Cheese” pasta. If you are going to choose a boxed mac and cheese, I would recommend picking a brand that has the melted ready-to-add cheese instead of the powdered cheese. The consistency and flavor are so much better.
Lastly, pick your favorite packet of sloppy joe mix and get ready for the magic. This was probably the ingredient that made this meal’s flavor really pop. I only needed to use half a packet since I didn’t add tomatoes, but if you’re going to go the traditional route, go ahead and use the whole packet. As you can see, this meal requires very minimal and affordable ingredients. It’s one of those lazy, afternoon meals when you want something quick, yet delicious. Give it a try and let me know your experiences and suggestions!
COOK TIME: 30 minutes
SERVES: 2 people
PRODUCTS USED TO MAKE THIS MEAL HAPPEN
* T-Fal Jumbo Saute Pan
My name is Renee McGinley and I'm a self-taught cook, constantly learning as I go. Please check out my About Me page for more on my recipe motto and cooking style.