Skip the mess with this Sloppy Joe Casserole Freezer Meal. You can enjoy the savory flavor of this meaty, hearty dish without getting it all over your hands and face. It is the perfect family meal to serve for dinner. Even the pickiest of eaters approve! This large family meals recipe is included in the new Classic Casserole Dinners & Freezer Meals ~ Cookbook One ~ One for Now, One for Later!
Sloppy Joe has been around for decades. It indeed was a staple meal in my household when I was growing up. I have passed down my love for this hearty dish to my children, who are always asking me if I will make Sloppy Joes. You may have tried my Homemade Cola Sloppy Joes on the Stovetop or my Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, but this one is a new favorite in our home! Instead of dealing with the mess that Sloppy Joe often makes when put on rolls or sandwich bread, I like to switch things up sometimes by making this Sloppy Joe Casserole. It is the perfect simple meal to make when you want to feed everyone in a hurry and satisfy them with what you serve.
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Sloppy Joe Casserole Freezer Meal
You can make this meal in one pot and one casserole baking dish instead of dirtying a bunch of dishes, which is certainly convenient if you hate doing dishes (#momlife, ha!). My favorite thing about this large family dinner, other than its great taste and convenience as a tasty freezer meal, is that I can eat it with a fork instead of using my hands, so it is not nearly as messy. If you want a dish that is kid-approved and easy enough to make with minimal ingredients, you have to try this Sloppy Joe Casserole.
What to Add to Your Sloppy Joe Casserole
The star of the show is the ground beef that you will use to prepare this casserole dish. I like using ground beef because it is the traditional choice for a Sloppy Joe, and it gives the dish lots of naturally good flavor. However, if you are worried about dietary constrictions or if you simply have a preference, you can replace the ground beef with lean ground turkey or ground chicken. The Sloppy Joe Casserole will still taste great.
I like to add pasta to the Sloppy Joe Casserole. You need to add enough of the Sloppy Joe sauce mixture to the casserole dish with the meat because you want to cover your pasta with the sauce. The type of pasta you choose to add to the casserole is entirely optional. I like to use penne pasta because my kids love its look, and it makes them want to eat this casserole even more.
Although entirely optional, you can add some hidden veggies into the mix with your Sloppy Joe Casserole. If you chop the veggies down finely, your children will not see them between the sauce, noodles, and ground beef added to this dish.
What to Serve With Your Sloppy Joe Casserole
You do not need to prepare sides to go with this dish because it is excellent on its own. However, I do like to serve dinner rolls or garlic bread on the side. Either option is fine if you want to add something extra to the meal. I enjoy serving the Sloppy Joe Casserole with garlic bread on the side because I dip it right into the meaty casserole mixture.
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Sloppy Joe Casserole Freezer MealPrint
Sloppy Joe Casserole Freezer Meal | Large Family Meals
- Prep Time: 15 Minutes
- Cook Time: 25 Minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove top/ Oven
Skip the mess with this Sloppy Joe Casserole Freezer Meal. You can enjoy the savory flavor of this meaty, hearty dish without getting it all over your hands and face. It is the perfect family meal to serve for dinner. Even the pickiest of eaters approve! Make TWO 9×13 pans, one for now and freeze one for later!!
- 2 to 3 pounds ground chuck
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 3 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
- 1 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cups ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 (16 ounce) boxes penne pasta
- 3 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
Freezer Casserole Baking Instructions
The day before you’re going to serve the freezer casserole, place it in the refrigerator to thaw.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and one layer of foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees and edges are bubbly and the cheese has melted.
Prepare two 9×13 casserole dishes with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain well.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and crumble it. Season with salt and pepper. Add the onion, cooking an additional 5 minutes. Drain the grease.
In a mixing bowl, combine the garlic, diced tomatoes, ketchup, brown sugar, and yellow mustard.
In a huge bowl, stir together the pasta, beef and onion, bell peppers, corn, and sauce.
Divide between the two casserole dishes.
Top with cheese.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If room temperature, cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese has melted. If from frozen, cook for 1 hour.
Keywords: Sloppy Joe Casserole, large family freezer meals
My family really enjoyed this recipe! The familiar taste and cheesy toppings make it very kid friendly. I like that it is easy to make and easy to double so it fills my freezer. I think you are really going to like it, too!
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