Raid-the-Pantry Sloppy Joe Casserole


This recipe is for when you're in the mood for sloppy joes but don't have any bread in the pantry.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • ½ pound mini ziti pasta

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can sloppy joe sauce (such as Hunt's® Manwich®)

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar beef gravy (such as Heinz® HomeStyle Gravy Savory Beef)

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup (such as Heinz®)

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add ziti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 10 to 11 minutes. Drain.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  4. Mix ground beef, pasta, sloppy joe sauce, beef gravy, and ketchup together in a bowl; spread into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Top beef mixture with Parmesan cheese.

  5. Place baking dish on the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake until heated through and bubbling, about 1 hour. Cool casserole for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can pre-mix the sauce, gravy, and ketchup to save time.

A single batch fits in a relatively small pan, but since pans come in so many different sizes and shapes the main thing you should consider is whether it overflows. There should be some space between the top of the casserole and the top of the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
16g Fat
42g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 905mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 327mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.