Sloppy Joe Casserole

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Comfort food, church cookbooks, and cheese.  Any complaints?  None here.  This recipe isn’t quite where  I want it yet, but it was yummy for dinner and I got no complaints from the husband.

Sloppy Joe Casserole – feeds 6


8 ox whole wheat small shaped pasta (I used medium shells)

1 lb ground sirloin – because I don’t like fatty meat in casseroles – nor does it like me

1 sloppy joe mix packet

1 small can tomato sauce

1 onion, chopped

1 small can tomato paste

1 1/4 cup water

16 oz small curd cottage cheese

3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar


Start your water boiling.  Saute chopped onion in a pan.  Add meat and cook until done.  Cook pasta once the water has begun to boil.  (I’ve learned that seasoning pasta water really is important, so please for the sake of your pasta dishes, season!)

Drain meat and pasta (seperately).  Put the meat back in the pan and add seasoning packet, both cans of tomato products, and water.  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Combine pasta, meat mixture, and cottage cheese to a greased casserole.  Add cheese on top.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy with vegetables of your choice.

This recipe will satisfy simple comfort food tummies or kiddos who are picky eaters.