Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are making a comeback! The sauce is a thicker version of a meat sauce, and it becomes a sloppy Joe when it’s spooned over a hollowed-out bread roll, pasta, rice or even a baked potato.

1. In a medium saucepan lightly coated with cooking spray, add the onion, garlic and oil. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion begins to brown. Add the beef and sausage and cook for 5 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking apart the meat with a wooden spoon.

2. Add the tomato sauce, dried basil and chili powder. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

1 cup finely diced onion
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp vegetable oil
12 oz extra-lean ground beef
4 oz spicy beef sausage, casings removed, diced
2 cups tomato sauce (or store-bought spaghetti sauce)
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 274
Protein 25 g
Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 4.7 g
Carbohydrates 14 g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Sodium 256 mg
Fiber 3 g

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Make Ahead: Cook up to a day in advance and refrigerate. Reheat on top of the stove until warm.

Serves 6

Nutrition Watch: Traditional sloppy Joes are loaded with calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium—a sandwich might have 635 calories, 27.1 g of fat and 48.0 g of carbohydrates. Reduce the calories by half by making this recipe.