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These Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells are a fun and easy twist on the classic family-friendly dinner!  With pasta, meat, and veggies baked together in one dish, it’s a great freezer meal or make-ahead supper to enjoy on your next busy night!

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells

You guys…Sloppy Joes are SUCH a blast from my past! I have vivid memories of my mom and my grandmother serving them for dinner, and now I have carried on that same tradition with my own family. There’s just something about the hearty, sweet, and tangy sauce that makes kids (and adults) smile!

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These Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells are a great make-ahead option too, since they can be frozen or kept in the refrigerator overnight and just baked when everyone is tired and hungry at the end of the day…again, bringing your attention back to what’s important: the family!

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Instead of a marinara sauce, I prepared this dish with a Manwich Bold sauce and some ground beef.

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The shells are stuffed with more ground beef, peppers, onions, and two types of cheese…and topped with the Manwich sauce and even MORE cheese!

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The end result is a simple, comforting, and family-friendly dinner that is the perfect solution for your next #ManwichMonday – and a great way to kick off the week!

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Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells + A Giveaway!

4.73 from 11 votes
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10


  • 20 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 ¼ cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 ½ cups 6 ounces shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 can 14 ½ ounces petite-diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can sloppy Joe Sauce


  • Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente; drain and rinse in cold water.
  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, egg and half of the beef mixture.
  • In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes and Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. Spread ¾ cup of the sauce mixture into a 13-in x 9-in baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Spoon cheese mixture into pasta shells; place in baking dish.
  • Combine remaining beef mixture and sauce; spoon over shells. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  • Note: This meal can be prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator and allow to sit on counter for 30 minutes before baking (covered).
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    5 stars
    I like the Sloppy Joe’s Tacos recipe. Thank you for the chance 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  2. lindsay says:

    um, wow. this is genius! pinning! <3 feed me

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Lindsay! You got it — come on over!

  3. judy e says:

    these stuffed shells look really good and i would also try the macaroni skillet

  4. Margot C says:

    4 stars
    I like the looks of the SLOPPY JOE SLIDER PULL APARTS recipe.

  5. Joanne says:

    5 stars
    I have always used Manwich sauces, and really like the cornbread sloppy joes, which I have made with both ground turkey and ground sirloin.

  6. Karenann says:

    I always use Manwich for making sloppy Joes, but I really love the vegetarian sloppy Joe recipe! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for a chance at such a great giveaway!

  7. HS says:

    I love Leftover Turkey Sloppy Joes.

  8. latanya says:

    the hero joe

  9. Heather S says:


  10. David says:

    5 stars
    My favorite is the sloppy joe biscuit bake. I always just assumed Manwich was strictly for Sloppy Joes, but as I looked through the recipes I see that isn’t the case by a long shot.

  11. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says:

    What a delicious twist on stuffed shells for a busy weeknight meal!

  12. Lori Williams says:

    Love the Sloppy Joe Tacos and Sloppy Joe Cornbread BAKE. BUT These Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells look amazing! I will be putting this on my grocery list. Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway. I never thought to use sloppy Joe for anything but sandwiches. Now my mind won’t stop thinking all that I can do with it. 🙂

  13. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says:

    Manwich was a staple in our house growing up! I love how you used it for stuff shells! I took a look at their easy recipes and that Meatball Hoagie is calling my name!

  14. Jan R says:

    These stuffed shells look yummy!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Jan!! 🙂

  15. Amy L says:

    I like the Saucy Meatloaf recipe

  16. Charlotte Mendoza says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved the Saucy Meatloaf and Chuckwagon Beef & Bean Skillet! But since I use Manwich & have used the Bold & Spicy, it’s a safe bet that I’ll be trying a few others!! Thanks for the chance to win! But I would’ve tried them anyway, just because it makes dinner quicker and tastes great in different foods!

  17. Elizabeth White says:

    4 stars
    How do you choose a favorite? 🙂 They all look great, but one that I really want to try, after I make these stuffed shells, is the Chuckwagon Beef and Bean Skillet. We love one pot/skillet dinners and if it has a southwestern or Tex-Mex flavor to it, that is even better!
    Thanks for the chance to win, from a new follower!

  18. manda says:

    I like the hero joe.

  19. keshakeke says:

    These shells look yummy! I think I would love the sausage party dip

  20. livivua says:

    I want to try the Sweet and Savory Saucy Meatballs for game day!

  21. Kristen says:

    I’d like to try the Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake…..looks easy and good.

  22. Stephanie Coldwell says:

    Sloppy Joe mini pizzas sound delicious!

  23. Susan Christy says:

    Saucy Meatloaf sounds good!!

  24. Blair says:

    Congrats, Joanne! You were randomly selected as the winner of the giveaway! 🙂

    Please send me your mailing address ASAP (lonerganblair@gmail.com) so that the company can get you your prize package!

  25. Dawn Monroe says:

    I’d like to try the sloppy Joe under cornbread and the sloppy Joe tacos. I think my kids would like both.

  26. Laura Ari says:

    The sloppy joe jaloppy sandwiches sound fun! Now I wish I’d picked up a can at the store yesterday!

  27. Linda says:

    The saucy meatloaf recipe looks really delicious.

  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    I Would love to try the sliders!!

  29. Ashley says:

    I would like to try the sloppy joe tacos

  30. Kim H. says:

    Those Sweet and Savory Saucy Meatballs look awesome!

  31. Brenda Haines says:

    5 stars
    Saucy Ham Sandwiches –

  32. Mini says:

    4 stars
    Meatloaf recipe yum and easy especially for busy moms who aren’t the best cooks! Thanks manwich?

  33. debra says:

    SLOPPY jOE Mini Pizza’s

    Thanks, love your blog! Hope I win today!!!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Debra!!

  34. Carey Coudini says:

    How could you feed your children this processed slop when making Sloppy Joes from scratch is such a simple thing? Have you seen the ingredients in a can?

  35. Silvia says:

    5 stars
    Wow, it looks amazing, thanks for the recipe. I will try it.

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great! Enjoy, Silvia!

  36. Kathleen DiPetta says:

    5 stars
    I like the SLOPPY JOE STUFFED BAKED POTATOES recipe. I make something similar to this. I use mozzarella cheese instead of the cheddar cheese. This is a filling meal when paired with a nice green salad.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! I agree — those look great! 🙂