Sloppy Joe Lasagna

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

People often don’t forget food. Ask someone to remember that special occasion and they might be able to tell you what they were wearing, who was there at the time, or what color the curtains were, but ask them what they ate that day… and you may just hear a mouthful.

  • I remember when my mom had her first baby shower with my little brother and how much I loved the spaghetti salad.
  • I remember on my first date I ordered a green salad, of course a salad.
  • I remember every Mexican dish served at my wedding.
  • I remember the exact flavors of the chilaquiles I was enjoying before I found out my grandfather was in the hospital and ready to meet Jesus. I still think of my grandfather every time I make chilaquiles.

So it’s no wonder every time I think of Sloppy Joe Lasagna I will think of my daughter. Because that is the last meal I cooked for the family the night she was born.

And it was soooooo good!

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Layers of al dente pasta sheets folded around sweet home style sloppy joe filling (recipe here) with rich melted mozzarella cheese and hearty ricotta layers. I will never forget that meal.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sloppy Joe Lasagna

Ingredients:
10 sheets dry lasagna noodles
6 cups leftover sloppy joe filling
8 oz part skim mozzarella cheese
16 oz part skim ricotta cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, divided
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp dried parsley
14.5 oz can sliced Italian roma tomatoes, liquid reserved
cooking spray

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and lay the noodles flat on damp paper towels.

Spray a large 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the ricotta cheese, egg and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese with garlic salt and parsley. Set aside.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slice the mozzarella cheese thinly and set aside.

Drain the canned tomatoes, reserving the liquid. Slice the tomatoes thinly and set aside.

Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce on the bottom of the pan. Layer 3 noodles over the meat sauce along the length of the pan.

Spread 1/2 of the ricotta mixture over the noodles.

Layer with all of the tomatoes.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Place 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese slices over the tomatoes.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Top with 2 cups of the meat sauce.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Repeat the layers with 3 more noodles, the remaining ricotta, 1/3 of the cheese slices and 2 cups of the meat sauce.

For the final layer top with the remaining noodles, using the extra noodle to fill any gaps, then 1 cup meat sauce combined with the reserved tomato liquid.

Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese slices.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cover with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 20 more minutes.
Let rest for 10 minutes and then slice to serve. Makes 12 servings.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t you want to cut into that and make some food memories?!

Sloppy Joe Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sloppy Joe Lasagna

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 335 calories

Fat 16 g

Carbs 19 g

Protein 30 g

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Sloppy Joe Lasagna

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 9

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 10 sheets dry lasagna noodles
  • 6 cups leftover sloppy joe meat sauce
  • 8 oz part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 14.5 oz can sliced Italian roma tomatoes, liquid reserved
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and lay the noodles flat on damp paper towels.
  3. Spray a large 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the ricotta cheese, egg and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese with garlic salt and parsley. Set aside. Slice the mozzarella cheese thinly and set aside. Drain the canned tomatoes, reserving the liquid. Slice the tomatoes thinly and set aside.
  5. Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce on the bottom of the pan. Layer 3 noodles over the meat sauce along the length of the pan. Spread 1/2 of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Layer with all of the tomatoes. Place 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese slices over the tomatoes. Top with 2 cups of the meat sauce.
  6. Repeat the layers with 3 more noodles, the remaining ricotta, 1/3 of the cheese slices and 2 cups of the meat sauce.
  7. For the final layer top with the remaining noodles, using the extra noodle to fill any gaps, then 1 cup meat sauce combined with the reserved tomato liquid. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese slices and the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 20 more minutes.
  9. Let rest for 10 minutes and then slice to serve.

 

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

, Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We all do it. Don’t try to deny it.

We smother them in dips, douse them with cheese sauce and cover them in peanut butter.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sneaking vegetables into our kids meals. I know I’ve done this before and they were hits.

But have you tried this? No cans, no starter sauces, just good fun vegetables and spices and some slow simmering time for a meal of extra saucy, extra tasty, Home Style Sloppy Joes.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I made these Sloppy Joes on one of my crock pot frenzies of waiting for baby. A bunch of goodness tossed in my slow cooker and we had dinner by day’s end. Don’t let the ingredient list get to you—it’s worth it. This makes a double batch, so freeze some for later, use the leftovers for Sloppy Joe Lasagna (recipe coming soon) or cut the recipe in half.

Home Style Sloppy Joes
Ingredients:
1 lb lean ground beef
12 oz ground pork
2 bell peppers, finely diced
1 white onion, finely diced
1 carrot, finely grated
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in liquid
1 7.4 oz carton seasoned tomato sauce
1 6 oz can tomato paste
6 Tb brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 Tb white vinegar
1 Tb whole grain mustard
2 tsp chile powder with lemon
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In a large pot or in a slow cooker with a cooking bottom like my Ninja Oven, combine the ground beef, ground pork, diced bell peppers and onions and grated carrots. Cook and stir over medium until browned.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the white vinegar, whole grain mustard, chile powder with lemon, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the brown sugar, flour, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Transfer to a slow cooker, cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Remove lid to cool and thicken 30 minutes before serving.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Toast 8 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with butter or cooking spray, if desired.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spoon onto rolls to serve.

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Top with a bit of optional shredded cheese and bread and butter pickles.

And yes, the family loved this original recipe by me 🙂 (and nobody noticed the sneaky vegetables)

Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 172 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 13 g

Protein 10 g

16


Home Style Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 4

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 12 oz ground pork
  • 2 bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in liquid
  • 1 7.4 oz carton seasoned tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 6 Tb brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tb white vinegar
  • 1 Tb whole grain mustard
  • 2 tsp chile powder with lemon
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or in a slow cooker with a cooking bottom, combine the ground beef, ground pork, diced bell peppers and onions and grated carrots. Cook and stir over medium until browned.
  2. Stir in the white vinegar, whole grain mustard, chile powder with lemon, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the brown sugar, flour, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  4. Transfer to a slow cooker, cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  5. Remove lid to cool and thicken 30 minutes before serving.
  6. Toast 8 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with butter or cooking spray, if desired.
  7. Spoon onto rolls to serve.

Notes

Top with a bit of optional shredded cheese and bread and butter pickles to serve. *Nutrition information is for meat sauce only.