Mac and Joe with Bechamel Sauce

Courtesy of Schnippers


Sloppy Joe
4cups diced red onion
4cups diced green pepper
4cups diced red pepper
4pounds ground beef
2tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1tablespoon salt
1/2tablespoon black pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes, pinch
1tablespoon sweet paprika
2cups canned, diced tomatoes with juice
3tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2cup tomato paste
2cups ketchup
Bechamel Sauce
5tablespoons unsalted butter
4tablespoons all purpose flour
4cups whole milk, room temperature
1tablespoon salt
1/4cup Coleman's mustard powder
1teaspoon black pepper
Macaroni and Cheese
4cups bechamel sauce
6cups grated sharp yellow cheddar
2cups grated sharp white cheddar
1cup grated gruyere cheese
1/2pound Velveeta
2tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1tablespoon hot sauce
2tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2cup heavy cream
12cups cooked pasta, like elbows or cavatappi


Sloppy Joe

  1. Add beef to a large, hot skillet and cook until beef is cooked through but not brown.
  2. Remove beef with a slotted spoon, leaving fat behind. Add onions, green peppers and red peppers and cook until soft. Stir often for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and stir for another 5 minutes. Return beef to pan along with all other ingredients except ketchup.
  4. Stir and cover. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook slowly for one hour.
  5. Remember to mix often. Add ketchup and continue cooking for 10 minutes more.

Bechamel Sauce

  1.  Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add flour slowly and whisk until smooth. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add mustard powder,salt and pepper and whisk well.
  3. Add milk slowly, whisking constantly.
  4. Bring to a slow simmer and cook for 10 minutes, whisking constantly. Set aside while assembling macaroni and cheese.

Macaroni & Cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Add all ingredients except the pasta.
  3. Put in oven and cook until cheeses are melted, about 10 minutes. Stir often. Add pasta and mix very thoroughly.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes and then stir well. Cook for 10 minutes more, or until top is golden and sides are bubbling.
  5. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

To serve use individual bowls. Spoon mac and cheese and sloppy joe side by side. Sprinkle mac and cheese with breadcrumbs if desired.

Recipe Courtesy of Schnippers