This is a big hit with the family! I use McCormick sloppy joe mix, and also add half of a green pepper, and half of a red pepper, with a medium onion (all diced very small) in with the meat while it cooks, then adding the tomatoes & paste to complete the sloppy joe mix. Some reviews state they would prefer to try using canned Manwich to save on time, but I do recommend using the homemade version with the sloppy joe mix packet because of the consistency you get vs. using a canned sauce. Either way would work though. If you prefer to make a homemade version that the recipe calls for, McCormick Sloppy Joe mix comes out seriously close to the flavor you get with Manwich! I prefer the homemade version because it’s saucey, but not overly saucey, which works better with this recipe when layering it. The cheese sauce you make & added shredded cheese to mix with the macaroni, is absolutely awesome and makes for a very homemade taste, and is NOT dry at all. I do not sauté onions in the pan with butter as noted, because I do that beforehand with the meat. I do put butter in the pan, melt it and then add the half & half, flour & spices as instructed, etc. Be warned, the mac & cheese part of this recipe makes a ton! I cut back to about 10-12 ounces of pasta, and I layer the sloppy joe and the macaroni twice when I use a big enough casserole dish. If you're looking for a heartier meat mix to this dish, I do recommend doubling the sloppy joe, and cutting back on the mac & cheese!
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This is a big hit with the family! I use McCormick sloppy joe mix, and also add half of a...