I absolutely love Sloppy Joes. I grew up eating them and they will always have a special place in my heart. Not only are they epitome of comfort food heaven, but they're a great family meal.
Now, we know that traditional Sloppy Joes are delightful, so when I saw this Sloppy Joe Casserole I knew it had to be a winner. Even the pickiest of eaters don't stand a chance against this recipe! Not to mention it's super quick and easy to get on the table after a long day.
This Sloppy Joe Casserole fancies up your classic Sloppy Joe sandwiches by turning it into a casserole. Crescent rolls create a delicious crust, and the melty, gooey cheese is totally irresistible. Don't forget the garlic butter topping which really sends this dish into a whole other level of drool-worthy deliciousness.
If you're not loving the lack of vegetables in this dish - I get it. But, don't worry! You can easily add your favorite veggies to round out this meal. Try adding some diced bell pepper, onion or zucchini for some extra bites of flavor.
Scroll down to get the full instructions on how to make this easy weeknight meal that your whole family will love.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray generously. Set aside.
In a large frying pan brown your ground beef, making sure not to overcook it. Make sure you stir it often and break it up into little pieces.
Once the ground beef is cooked to perfection you can add both cans of the Manwich sauce. Let it get to a nice bubble, then turn it down to a simmer.
Open the first package of crescent rolls. Unroll it and place it in the bottom of the pan you set aside earlier. Spread it out with your hands till it fits the bottom really well. Blend your garlic butter ingredients and spread half on top of the bottom crescent roll layer.
Now take half the mozzarella cheese (2 cups worth) and toss it on the dough evenly. Spread it out nicely. Turn off your burner for the Manwich sauce. Carefully pour the Manwich mixture over top of the cheese. Spread it out with a spoon evenly.
Now take your remaining mozzarella cheese (2 cups) and toss it evenly over the Manwich mixture. Spread it out nicely.
Now open the second package of crescent rolls and unroll it. Spread it out by hand in sections before placing on the top of the cheese. You could press it down on parchment if you're uneasy doing this, then just flip the parchment over and the dough will drop over the casserole perfectly. Brush remainder of garlic butter mixture on top.
Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes, depending on your oven, or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven, then take a knife and cut the casserole into squares. Remove each piece carefully while hot.
The full ingredient list and step-by-step directions are below. Let us know how it turned out! Did your family love it?
For the casserole
- 2.5 pounds lean ground beef
- 2 cans Manwich sauce
- 2 packages Pillsbury crescent rolls
- 4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
For the garlic butter topping
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
- In a large frying pan brown your ground beef. Make sure to break it up into little pieces as it cooks.
- Once the beef is fully cooked, add both cans of the Manwich sauce. Give it a stir and turn the heat down so that it stays at a nice simmer.
- Open one package of crescent rolls. Cover the entire bottom of the greased baking dish. You may need to use your hands to spread it out so that it completely covers the bottom of the dish.
- Mix together the butter, garlic cloves and dried parsley in a small bowl. Spread half of the mixture onto the crescent dough layer in your baking dish.
- Spread 2 cups of mozzarella cheese over top of the dough layer.
- Remove the beef and sauce mixture from the heat and carefully pour it over top of the cheese. Use a spoon to spread it out evenly.
- Take the rest of your cheese (2 cups) and sprinkle it over top of the Manwich mixture.
- Open the second package of crescent rolls, unroll the dough and spread it over top of the cheese.
- Brush the rest of the garlic butter on the top of the dough.
- Place in the oven for 30 minutes, it should be golden brown on top.
- When it's done, remove from oven and cut into individual portion-sized squares. Serve and enjoy!
You can watch how we made this recipe in the video below!