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Jamie's more-veg sloppy Joes recipe

Jamie's more-veg sloppy Joes recipe

6 ratings

Jamie says: ‘This is my Italian-style take on the classic – it’s packed with flavour, yet easy and quick to make. I’ve used mince with added veg, plus tinned beans, to help the meat go further – so it contains more of the good stuff and is easier on the wallet too.' See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 371 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy


  • 1 tsp of frozen chopped garlic
  • 400g tin cannellini beans
  • olive oil
  • 500g pack Meat & Veg beef mince
  • 6 tsp pesto
  • 400g tin Italian peeled plum tomatoes
  • 50g Cheddar
  • 1 iceberg lettuce
  • 6 wholemeal buns

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    15g 21%
  • Saturates

    6g 30%
  • Sugars

    7g 8%
  • Salt

    1.2g 20%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 28.3g Protein 28.4g Fibre 7g


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  1. Place a large nonstick frying pan over a high heat. Drain the beans and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, for about 5 mins until they pop, then drizzle in ½ tbsp olive oil and add the garlic. Cook for a couple more mins while mashing with a wooden spoon. Add the mince and 1 tsp of pesto and cook, stirring, for 3-4 mins until browned.
  2. Once the mince is gnarly, add the tomatoes, scrunching them through clean hands, along with half a tin’s worth of water. Bring to the boil, season with a pinch of sea salt and go heavy on the black pepper. Grate over half the cheese, pop the lid on, and leave to thicken for 5 mins over a medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and finely shred the lettuce. Split the buns and spread each base with the remaining pesto.
  4. Pop the pan in the middle of the table and get everyone to dig in – scooping up the Sloppy Joe and topping with a little extra grated cheese and the shredded lettuce.

Tip: Leftover sauce? Cool, bag up and freeze, ready to defrost and serve with pasta another day.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

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