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Italian Sloppy Joes

by Amy D

Italian sloppy joes make a hearty, quick, and easy weeknight dinner.

Ground beef, italian sausage, and veggies are combined with pizza sauce and topped with provolone cheese for an easy twist on the classic sloppy joe sandwich.

An Italian Sloppy Joe Sandwich sitting on a cutting board.

Even though it’s freezing outside still, Spring sports practices are starting up. For many of us, that means that life is going from crazy busy to warp speed as we hustle from one activity to another. I don’t know about you, but I can always use another quick and easy weeknight dinner that my kids will love. These Italian sloppy joes totally fit the bill.Ground beef is cooked with onion, bell pepper, and black olives.

Pizza Sauce is added to the ground beef mixture.

Italian sloppy joes take about a half an hour to get on the table. It reheats well  and makes killer leftovers (that your kids will actually eat.) My kids are little snobs who don’t like to eat leftovers. It drives me nuts and they didn’t get that from me.  However, the bold flavors in this sloppy joe filling keep it from having that dreaded leftover taste. My favorite thing to do with leftover filling is to boil some spaghetti and transform it from sloppy joes to pasta! A pan of Italian Sloppy Joe filling ready to be spooned onto the buns.

Italian sloppy joes are incredibly easy to customize to suit your tastes, you can:

  • Swap ground turkey for the ground beef
  • Use spicy Italian sausage instead of regular
  • Try different veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplant
  • Add a pinch of crushed red pepper to add some heat
  • Serve it on garlic bread
  • Add pepperoni and ham for a meat lovers version

The possibilities are endless.

Italian sloppy joes freeze well, making it an excellent recipe to double up and freeze half to have for later!

Italian Sloppy Joes

 Ground beef, italian sausage, and veggies are combined with pizza sauce and topped with provolone cheese for an easy twist on the classic sloppy joe sandwich.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound italian sausage
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 4 ounce can sliced black olives
  • 2 15 ounce cans pizza sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 8 sandwich buns

Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan brown the ground beef and italian sausage with the onion, garlic and green pepper. Break apart the meat into crumbles as it cooks.

  2. Drain the fat from the meat and return to the skillet. Add the pizza sauce, black olives, and sugar. Simmer covered in the pan for 15 minutes. 

  3. Serve on buns with sliced provolone cheese. You can place the assembled sloppy joes, without the bun tops, on a baking sheet under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the provolone cheese before serving, if desired. 

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