So, I’m a grad student. Which means I have absolutely no time to cook ever, nor any money to order in, and I’m always really, really hungry. I just sort of made this one night, and it turned out really yummy, so I thought I’d share!
-1lb ground beef/ ground turkey/ ground whatever meat (or more if you want extra leftovers/are feeding a lot of people. I usually use 1lb because it’s what the can suggests and it makes enough for when I’m really hungry + leftovers.) *I use 93% lean ground beef
-1 can of sloppy joe sauce (I use Manwich, but feel free to use whatever you want in however chunky you want it, or however spicy you want it. I tend to use Extra Bold for more flavor.) Also! Please be aware that if you use more ground meat, you’re going to need more sauce. Read the instructions on the can to figure out the ratio. It’s usually 1 can per every lb of meat, but depends on the specifics!
-1lb any pasta (I use spaghetti, but whatever your favorite is works!)
-Buns/bread (if desired)
-Any additional seasonings or spices. Suggestions: Hot sauce, died tomatoes, kidney beans, peppers, shredded cheese.
How to make
Put a pot of water on the stove, wait until it boils. I suggest doing this first because it’s usually what ends up taking the longest.
While you wait for your water to boil, brown the ground meat in the skillet. You want to make sure there isn’t any visible pink spots, but if it’s not thoroughly cooked, it’s alright—it will be on the stove for longer.
Once your water is boiling, add the pasta. Cook until it is your desired softness (I like al dente, but I had a roommate that liked her pasta borderline mushy, so it depends on your preference! You can check by taking out a noodle, running it under cold water, and biting into it. Wit until it’s flexible and less tan looking, though.)
After your meat is browned, add your sloppy joe sauce and any other ingredients/spices. Mix thoroughly and heat until that is bubbling just a little bit.
Strain your pasta, add to the sloppy joe mix and stir well. Get all your pasta coated with it. Or, if you want, you can make sloppy joe sandwiches on the side in addition to your pasta.
I like this recipe because it’s quick, and great for low spoons. Also, it tends to make a lot for leftovers, and fills me up pretty well. An added bonus is that the recipe is fairly flexible. You could pretty much add whatever you like to it and it would still be good. I’m not very creative in the kitchen so I just make it plain, but it’s easy to change to individual tastes!