Sloppy Joe Goulash – Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet

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Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you’re short on time. With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich sloppy Joe sauce and elbow macaroni, this sloppy Joe macaroni skillet is the perfect dinner.

Skillet meals are a great option when you need to get dinner on the table quickly and don’t want to get multiple dishes dirty during meal prep. Sloppy Joes are a classic and when you add pasta to them, you don’t have to worry about serving it on buns or bread!

Sloppy Joe Goulash

My family is crazy for goulash. So much so that I have variations that I make for the kids.

Typically, I make my classic goulash recipe, but recently I went to make some, I was out of stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. I hate when that happens!

So I did what I do, and I looked in the cabinet for a substitute. What I spotted was a can of Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. And what happened next is Sloppy Joe Goulash, and it’s a hit at my house. My family practically licked out the pan.

Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet

The cool thing about this Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet recipe is that you could use leftover sloppy joe that you have in the refrigerator.

Add the leftover sloppy joe to a skillet to warm. Add a couple cups of water and some dry elbow macaroni (or whatever type of pasta you have in the cabinet).

Let the pasta cook in the sauce, and when it’s done, you have a whole new Sloppy Joe Goulash meal.

Want to take it up another notch? Add some cubes of Velveeta cheese for a cheesy sloppy joe goulash.

Ingredient List for Sloppy Joe Skillet Meal

What do I need to make Sloppy Joe Goulash?

Ground Beef

Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce

Dry Elbow Macaroni

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Easy Sloppy Joe Goulash

This skillet sloppy joe meal has only three ingredients.

For me as a Mom, that’s a win. I’m always short on time and energy; plus the kids are always starving.

That’s why I love dinners with five ingredients or less, and 3 Ingredient Sloppy Joe Goulash fits that requirement.

Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.

How to Make Sloppy Joe Pasta

  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet, breaking up into small pieces. If needed, drain excess grease.
  2. Add dry macaroni and one can of Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. Fill up the empty can with water, pour into skillet. Stir.
  3. Heat over medium heat until the pasta is cooked. If it seems dry, add a little bit more water to thin it out.
  4. Serve as it or topped with cheese.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for sloppy joe pasta, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

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Notes About Sloppy Joe with Macaroni

  • Sloppy Joe Goulash can be made with Manwich or your homemade sloppy joe sauce. Check our our Classic Sloppy Joe recipe if you want to go the homemade route.
  • Use any type of pasta you have on hand instead of elbow macaroni, if needed.
  • If the goulash seems thick at the end, add a little bit of water to thin it out.
  • Optional ingredients: minced garlic, garlic powder, diced onions, Velveeta.
  • To make Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet using leftover sloppy joe, follow these instructions:  Add leftover sloppy joe to a skillet with a couple cups of water. Add pasta and simmer until the pasta is cooked and the goulash is thickened.
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Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.
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Sloppy Joe Goulash - Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet

Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sloppy joe goulash, sloppy joe macaroni, sloppy joe macaroni skillet, sloppy joe pasta
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 15 ounces Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 15 ounces water
  • 1 cup dry elbow macaroni

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef, breaking into small pieces. Drain excess grease, if needed.
  • To the ground beef, add Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce, water (fill empty Manwich can with water to measure) and uncooked elbow macaroni.
    Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.
  • Stir, and simmer over medium heat until pasta is cooked through.
    Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.
  • If needed, add a little bit more water at the end to thin it out to desired consistency.
    Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.
  • Add cheese before serving, if desired.
    Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.

Notes

  • Sloppy Joe Goulash can be made with Manwich or your homemade sloppy joe sauce.
  • Use any type of pasta you have on hand instead of elbow macaroni, if needed.
  • If the goulash seems thick at the end, add a little bit of water to thin it out.
  • Optional ingredients: minced garlic, garlic powder, diced onions, Velveeta.
  • To make Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet using leftover sloppy joe, follow these instructions:  add leftover sloppy joe to a skillet with a couple cups of water. Add pasta and simmer until the pasta is cooked and the goulash is thickened.
  • Here's my go-to Old Fashioned Sloppy Joe Recipe

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Sloppy Joe Goulash is the perfect meal when you're short on time.  With only three simple ingredients including ground beef, Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and Elbow Macaroni, Sloppy Joe Macaroni Skillet is the perfect dinner.

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3 Comments

  1. Both thumbs up! As usual, my little girl loved it. I made the sloppy joe from scratch first from your recipe (I did add a diced bell pepper as well, since we’re got them from the garden), then added the pasta and cheese for her.

  2. This is crazy good stuff. I actually created the sloppy Joe goulash recipe many years ago. It’s actually called “sloppy goulash”. There are a few ingredients missing but this one seems more kid friendly. It’s easy to make but needs to be eaten within a few days or the macaroni deteriorates. So crazy this ran across my feed.

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