SLOPPY JOE MAC N CHEESE

SLOPPY JOE MAC N CHEESE
Comfort food in under 30 minutes! This Sloppy Joe Mac n Cheese takes the flavors of a sloppy joe and puts them in a big bowl of comforting pasta. The recipe makes 2 generous servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd!
INGREDIENTS
FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
FOR THE PASTA AND REMAINDER OF DISH:
  • 2 cups dry rotini (or any spiral-shaped) pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE SAUCE:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
FOR THE PASTA AND THE REMAINDER OF THE DISH:
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook the pasta accordion toe the directions on the package.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat up the vegetable oil. Add the onion, green bell pepper and garlic. Sauté until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet and break it up with your spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until ground beef is thoroughly cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the sauce to the skillet. Then add the pasta (drained of excess water), and the cheese on top. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and toss the mixture until the cheese has melted and the ingredients are evenly coated and distributed throughout.
  5. Serve warm.

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