Inspired by a TV sitcom, the Sloppy Jessica is a gloriously greasy, wonderfully messy beast of macaroni-and-cheese chili stuffed into a pizza-style bun that's dripping with melted mozzarella cheese.
- While it seems like three recipes in one, this clever, streamlined creation is actually just a sandwich of chili mac with melted cheese.
- By omitting beans and cheese sauce, the chili mac can be made in under an hour.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons chile powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 pound ground beef
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped, juice reserved
2 tablespoons hot sauce (like Frank’s)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound elbow macaroni
4 French bread rolls
1 pound dry whole-milk mozzarella, grated
Preheat oven to 425°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over high heat until shimmering. Add onion and green pepper and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, and oregano. Stir continuously until very fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon to break up the meat, about 7 minutes. Add tomatoes and juice and the hot sauce, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook pasta in the boiling water according to the directions on the packaging. Drain in a colander and then stir into the chili mac. Cover and keep warm.
Slice the rolls in half horizontally. Place rolls, cut-side up, on a large baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Sprinkle cut sides with grated cheese. Place rolls in the oven and cook until cheese melts and rolls are toasted, about 8 minutes.
Spoon the chili mac onto the bottom rolls and crown with the top piece. Serve.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 38g||49%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||64%|
|Total Carbohydrate 103g||37%|
|Dietary Fiber 11g||40%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 58mg||290%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|