italian sloppy joe with melted cheese

Sloppy Joes Italian Style

An easy one pot meal that your whole family will love!  Tastes like that first hunk of bread you dip into the spaghetti pot only you get it bite after bite!

Course Dinner, main
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
424 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef I used 93/7
  • 4 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes tomato sauce or marinara will work
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning 1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano will work as well
  • 1 loaf large french bread find the bigger loafs rather than a baguette
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices provolone or mozzarella
  • salt and pepper will vary based on the saltiness of your tomato sauce


  1. Heat large skillet to medium high heat.

  2. Slice french bread about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread with  butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

  3. Sear bread on one side until toasted and browned.  Set aside.

  4. In same skillet, brown the ground beef until almost cooked through.  Drain off excess fat.

  5. Add garlic and onions.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until onions have softend and garlic is fragrant.

  6. Add crushed tomatoes.   Cook until thickened.  Taste for salt and pepper.  If your sauce is too runny, continue to cook until desired thickness.    

  7. Place french bread, toasted side down on plate.  Top with beef sauce and a slice of cheese.  The heat from the beef should melt the cheese.  You can microwave for 10 seconds if you prefer it a bit more melted.

  8. Top with remaining french bread slices.  Serve with a simple salad if desired!

Nutrition Facts
Sloppy Joes Italian Style
Amount Per Serving (4 servings)
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.6g30%
Saturated Fat 8.6g43%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 830mg35%
Carbohydrates 20.4g7%
Fiber 2.6g10%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43.2g86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.