February 18, 2013

Open Faced Italian Sloppy Joes

These Open Faced Italian Sloppy Joes are great for a busy weeknight meal or a fun weekend lunch! These are a huge hit with my family and I would love to share my recipe with you, so let's get started!

Open Faced Italian Sloppy Joes

What you need:

1 lb ground beef
2-3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 large red onion, chopped finely
1 green pepper, chopped finely
8 oz sliced mushrooms
15 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp garlic and herb seasoning
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1-2 TBS honey
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
A loaf of French bread
8 oz shredded mozzarella

parmesan cheese


First, cook ground beef, garlic, onions, and green peppers over medium heat until the beef starts to brown. If your meat is greasy remove the excess grease except 1 TBSP.

Ground Beef, Onions, and Green Peppers 

Next, add your sliced mushrooms and cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Ground Beef, Onions, Green Peppers, and Mushrooms

You should have a little moisture as the mushrooms are cooking, if not add 1 TBPS or so of water.  Now add tomato sauce, tomato paste, honey and all seasonings. Mix well and return to a simmer.

Pour in the Sauce and Seasonings

Now, cut your French bread equally down the middle and remove the middle of the bread creating a bowl inside your French bread halves. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil.

French Bread

Finally, fill the French bread with the Sloppy Joe Mixture and sprinkle the tops with shredded mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and a little oregano.

Open Faced Italian Sloppy Joe Ready for Oven

Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly. Then cut into sections and serve with a nice garden salad with yummy homemade ranch dressing, click here for the recipe.

Homemade Croutons and Ranch Dressing

I hope you and your family enjoy this meal at your dinner table soon!


  1. Yummmm! These look great. Found you at Seasonal Inspiration!

  2. These are delicious and a great weeknight meal!

  3. Fun way to serve sloppy joes. And I like the flavors in this--probably more than traditional sloppy joe. Thanks for linking!

  4. What a great recipe! We love sloppy joes here and this is even better! We'd love for you to link this up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html


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