This budget-friendly dinner recipe for homemade Sloppy Joe Pasta is a delicious, family-friendly twist on classic sloppy joes. And with basic, pantry ingredients, this simple sloppy joe recipe will save you money too.
Whelp, it was only a matter of time, but that time finally came. My counterpoints that food costs had risen and ¨I’m a food blogger, what do you expect¨ were to no avail. Nope, my husband Joe laid down the law – the grocery bill was too high and I needed to bring it down. So, like any food blogger would do, I turned the directive into a new series …Welcome to Cheap Meal of the Week! And sloppy joes.
It seemed totally appropriate that the first dish of this series be sloppy JOES pasta (get it? HA!). But talk about a blessing in disguise, cuz this stuff is good. So good. And easy and cheap and it reheats very well …add a salad it makes for a healthy dinner even. And so yummy even our cat Spiderman checked it out…
Sloppy Joe Pasta
This simple sloppy joe recipe uses literally the easiest and cheapity cheap of pantry ingredients, and then just throws in some cheap pasta. Done. And at my grocer store, diced tomatoes, pasta, ketchup, and mustard regularly go on sale Buy-One-Get-One-Free for ridiculous savings. And grab beef on sale too. SO easy to save money, I love this recipe!
Challenge answered for a budget-friendly sloppy joes dinner. For less than $7.00 I fed my family. ..and I fed them well.
I paid $6.99 for what I needed: $1.19 for the pasta, $0.89 for the can of tomatoes, $0.64 for the bell pepper, and $4.27 for the ground beef (which was on sale). All of the other ingredients were pantry stuff I had on hand. See this article about My Pantry to learn more about what I keep stocked!
Sloppy Joe Pasta: Cheap Meal of the Week
This budget-friendly dinner for Sloppy Joe Pasta is a delicious, family-friendly twist on classic Sloppy Joes. And with basic, pantry ingredients, this recipe will save you money too.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 T brown sugar
- 3 t yellow mustard
- 3/4 c ketchup
- 2 T Worcestershire
- 1 t kosher salt
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1/2 t onion powder
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes drained (optional)
- 1/2 lb rotini pasta or whatever shape you have on hand
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet on high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain off any fat. Add the bell pepper and saute 1 minute to soften. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir well to combine. (Note: you can stop here and pile this on hamburger buns for delicious, traditional Sloppy Joes!)
- Add the tomatoes and gently stir them in. Simmer gently to blend flavors while you cook the pasta.
- Add a palmful of kosher salt to the boiling water and cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and toss into the Sloppy Joe mixture. Yield: 4 servings.
Leave me a comment! How do you save money feeding your family and what is your go-to budget-friendly dinner?