Saucy Joes & Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese

You’ve heard of Sloppy Joes, haven’t you? Well, this is the same thing only they’re SAUCY not sloppy 😉

I’ve made this twice now and it’s always a hit. An easy, filling, hearty supper without all the fuss. There are two recipes I go by, but today I will give you the one I followed when making this particular sandwich recently.

Saucy Joes

(Click title for easy print recipe) 

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef, turkey or chicken

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup spaghetti sauce

4 ciabatta rolls, split & toasted

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown meat with onion and garlic in nonstick skillet.

Add spaghetti sauce; cook 3 min. or until heated through.

Fill rolls with meat mixture and cheese.

It can’t get any easier than that!

*I’ve used hard rolls  both times I’ve made this simply because ciabatta rolls seem to be hard to come by around here. The hard rolls work just as well, though I do tend to hollow out some of the bread first. This takes away some of the extra (and very un-needed) bread while creating a cradle to hold the loose meat in place better. Win/Win.

So what to make as a side when serving up a hearty sandwich for dinner? Why, homemade Macaroni and Cheese, of course!  There are a lot of recipes out there but I just like to keep it simple.

For this particular dish I just used what I had on hand. It made plenty of mac ‘n cheese for my family of four, with leftovers.

1 cup whole wheat elbow pasta, cooked according to package directions

2 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp flour

2 tbsp. milk

1 cup shredded cheddar blend cheese

2 Laughing Cow light swiss wedges

Salt & Pepper

In saucepan combine butter and flour, whisking to make a roux. Whisk in milk. Add in cheeses slowly, stirring and melting. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Do not allow cheese mixture to scald.

Drain cooked pasta and fold in cheese sauce to combine.

Place in casserole dish (in this case a 1 to 1 1/2 qt. dish) and bake at 350* for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade mac ‘n cheese!

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