Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet

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This Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet is one of my favourite new meals to make! I am ALL about skillet meals this past year. Give me all of the meals in one pot, please and I’ll be one happy Mama. This Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet is one of my favourite new meals to make, and it will absolutely be making a reappearance (or five)  this winter. I riffed off of my Best Sloppy Joes Recipe and turned it into an all-in-one meal. Macaroni instead of buns and while yes, buns have their place, I don’t always have them in the house.

However I DID realize that I always have the ingredients for a Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet in the house, minus the green pepper. That means that YOU most likely will always have the ingredients on hand for this easy supper!  That’s a win for all of us!

a spoon full of Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese from a skillet

You guys, this is one of my favourite new recipes of 2017 so far. It’s up there with my Cheesy Chili Mac Skillet and my Slow Cooker Calico Beans. Those were two of the biggest hits with my family this year. My skillet mac and cheese is also a family favorite so obviously my family loves pasta, cheese and meat, so it was natural to make a sloppy joe mac and cheese skillet. It had to happen. It combined two of my family’s favourite recipes into one skillet dish.

close up of Mac & Cheese in skillet garnish with parsley on blue wood background

The best part is that the sloppy joe mac and cheese will freeze like a boss. If you want, you can place it into a casserole dish, cover, and freeze for later. It will defrost and warm up beautifully.

Do you know someone with a new baby?

close up of a spoon full of Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese

This would be a perfect meal to make for a new mama. Kids love it and it’s complete comfort food.

So put this on your regular meal rotation. Make a double batch if you can in a large pot and then freeze half for a later meal. This is the ultimate comfort food in one skillet!

Happy cooking! As per usual, always follow the RECIPE, and don’t rely on the video for it!  The video is always just a quick visual recipe tour!



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Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet

This Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet combines TWO of your favourite comfort foods in one fast & easy skillet dinner! Forget the sloppy joe buns, mac & cheese is where it’s at!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Main Course
6 servings
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced OR 1 1/3  tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 whole green pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce or a 15-16 oz can
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt – or to taste if you like saltier
  • white sugar – to taste
  • 2 1/4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of elbow macaroni
  • 2-3 cups of shredded mozza cheese
  • parsley to garnish


  • Place ground beef in the bottom of a large, deep skillet.
  • Fry until brown, drain most of the grease then add the onions.
  • Saute the onions and green pepper until soft, then add in the garlic.
  • Saute for 2 minutes, then add in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and reduce the heat to low, simmering for 15-20 minutes to cook the pasta. Stir every few minutes to ensure that the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom. If needed, add more water to cook the pasta to desired tenderness.
  •  Once the pasta is done, top with cheese and place lid on top. Let sit for 5-6 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 450kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 1345mg, Potassium: 836mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 745IU, Vitamin C: 17.8mg, Calcium: 238mg, Iron: 3.9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Walt says

    Is a 3.25 liter skillet large enough to cook this exact recipe?

  2. Jenn says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! It seems pretty straighforward. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Ben Myhre says

    1. This totally looks like an awesome comfort food recipe. The kind of thing my aunts would have made when all the kids were over.

    2. Just read your about page… do we get to see some pics of your vintage bar room? That is SO effin cool.

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      Mr Magpie is working on his Man Cave section of the website! Stay tuned!!! he’ll be writing about the bar room!5 stars

      • Louise Boucher says

        Sorry this receipe just didn’t do it for me. Kind of glue and gummy. Followed it exactly. No wouldn’t make it again.

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