Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins
Found this on the line of the grocery store. My kids grabbed a hold of this one and wanted me to make it.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 8 ounces cavatappi pasta
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (1 1/3 ounce) envelope sloppy joe seasoning mix
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (3 cups)
- 1⁄4 cup seasoned dry bread crumb
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Coat 2-qt. baking dish with 1 Tbs. butter.
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
- Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. butter over medium heat.
- Add onion; cook until softened.
- Add beef; cook until lightly browned, 3 minutes.
- Stir in sauce, 1 cup water and seasoning mix; cook 5 minutes.
- Combine milk and mustard; bring to boil.
- Reduce heat to low and whisk in flour; cook, whisking, until smooth and slightly thickened.
- Stir in 2 cups cheese and pasta.
- Spread meat mixture in baking dish; top with pasta mixture, then remaining cheese.
- Melt remaining butter; stir in breadcrumbs.
- Sprinkle over cheese.
- Place baking dish on baking sheet.
- Bake until golden, 25-30 minutes.
We found this to be tastey with definite potential. Cheddar may not have been the best choice as the sauce ended up grainy and a bit bland. This recipe is definitely worth trying again but I will add a little garlic powder and seasoned salt to the sauce and change the cheese to American for a creamier texture. Maybe just sprinkle the top with cheddar. The sloppy Joe layer was delicious. Thanks for sharing. *Made for Fall PAC 2008* *Editing to add* I need to apologize for previously leaving a 3 star review thinking the recipe needed to be changed due to the cheese being grainy etc... It was definitely operator error because I know better! When you heat the milk- DO NOT BOIL IT. If you just heat it to hot- watch it closely and then add the flour, cheese, etc... you will NOT get a grainy sauce. I made this again tonight because we did like it, and it dawned on me what went wrong. I did use American/mild cheddar, spiced it up a bit and it was awesome!