This is a simple, yummy, kid pleasing meal. We adults like it too! We had this for dinner last night and it was a hit. I usually make this with pre-made sloppy joe sauce with great results. Last night I made it as the recipe directs with the packet and tomato paste etc. It was still yummy but just a little more mild in flavor. So, depending on how much kick you want to your recipe you can choose which way to go with the sauce.
Also, this recipe says to layer it in a casserole dish and bake it in the oven, which I did this time. (for the sake of the picture) But usually, I just layer the ingredients in a large pot on the stove to heat through and it turns out just as good with less fuss. Besides, the macaroni and meat sauce are already hot so it doesn't take much to heat it through. I am all about quick and easy!
Sloppy Joe Casserole
1 8oz package macaroni
1 pound hamburger
1 envelope sloppy joe seasoning mix
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 1/4 cup water
Or 1 can sloppy joe sauce
1 16 oz carton cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
Cook macaroni as package label directs; drain. While macaroni is cooking, brown hamburger, drain and add sloppy joe sauce Or sloppy joe seasoning, tomato paste, tomato sauce & water.
Preheat oven to 350*. In 2 1/2 quart casserole, layer half the macaroni, half the cottage cheese, and half the meat sauce; repeat. Top with grated cheese. Bake un-covered till heated through and cheese is melted. Makes 6-8 servings.