Sloppy Joe Lasagna

October 17, 2014

I know. I know. I sound crazy? I sound crazy. This is actually something I’ve been making for years. Is that weird? It’s not weird. It’s delicious. It was actually inspired by flipping through a cookbook and seeing a picture of something and thinking it sloppy joe lasagna. When I got to the actual recipe, it was some sort of Mexican lasagna. With tortillas. How’d I even get the two mixed up?

Sloppy Joe Lasagna

But the idea stuck in my head. And I couldn’t rattle it free. I love sloppy joes (true talk) and who doesn’t love lasagna? <– Crazies! That’s who. Like the total weirdo I am, I think I used to make this with Velveeta, because Josh loves the crap out of Velveeta. And American cheese… well, all cheese really. He even loves Daiya! No cheese or cheese substitute is safe when it’s within his reach. /endcheeserant

Sloppy Joe Lasagna

But sloppy joes, man. Eating them makes me feel 7. Making a lasagna out of it makes me feel like I’m feeding a 7 year old, but no! Just 20-somethings here. And all of the ultimate delicious comfort in the world.

Sloppy Joe Lasagna
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Serves: 6

  • ½ recipe homemade sloppy joe sauce or 1 can (1½ c) sloppy joe sauce
  • 1 c water or vegetable broth
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped, or 8 oz mushrooms, chopped (or ¾ c additional “meat”)
  • 2 c meat substitute such as soy crumbles or cooked lentils (or real meat, cooked and drained, if you roll that way)
  • 9 lasagna noodles (I used whole wheat, pre-cook if using gluten free noodles)
  • 6 slices of cheddar or American cheese (or cheddar-style Daiya)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz a 9 x 9 inch dish (or equivalent, mine was slightly longer and skinnier) with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix together the sauce, water (decrease by ½ c if using precooked noodles), tomatoes, and “meat”.
  3. Spread ½ c sauce on the bottom of the pan. Layer 3 noodles, spread 1 c (heaping) sauce mixture over top. Top with 3 slices of cheese, broken up. Add another 3 noodles, 1 c sauce, 3 noodles, remaining sauce, and the last of the cheese.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove foil and broil for additional 1 – 2 minutes to melt cheese, if necessary.
  5. Let cool slightly and cut into 6 slices. Serve hot. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Feel free to increase the cheese for a cheesier lasagna. If using American cheese or Daiya, it will pretty readily melt and you should not need to broil.
Nutritional estimate uses wheat noodles, tomatoes, soy crumbles, and homemade sauce.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ pan Calories: 250 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 30 Fiber: 5 Protein: 15


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    Julia Oct 20, 2014

    If by “crazy” you mean “genius” then heeeeck yes, this is cuh-razy! I luuurve both lasagna and sloppy joes. I’m totally fine with them being slam dunked together into a gorgeous marriage of casserole deliciousness. MMMMMHMMMM! Hope you had a great weekend, dear!

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl Oct 17, 2014

    I just started making our own sloppy joe’s recipe and I love it. What else do I love? Lasagna. GIRL, THIS IS ON!

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Oct 17, 2014

    OMG Kelly! Why I have never thought to do this I do not know. But the combo of flavors sounds PERFECT. Thanks for being so smart!! 😉

      Kelly Oct 18, 2014

      Glad you approve! When we were taking photos I was afraid everyone would think it was weird. SO tasty though.

    Becky @ Olives n Wine Oct 17, 2014

    Ummm… this is genius! I too love Sloppy Joe’s AND lasagna and combining them is basically the best thing my stomach has been thinking about lately 😉 Totally going on my meal plan in 2 weeks… only because I just made my meal plan for next week!

      Kelly Oct 18, 2014

      Yay! Let me know how it turns out 🙂