Italian Sloppy Joes

I know I may have said this once or twice before, but I really mean it this time. That is, until I declare this statement again. But, I’m serious. Here it goes: If there is just one recipe that you make of mine, MAKE THIS ONE. These are so incredibly flavorful! and so easy! and so quick! I love’m! The truth is some nights I barely get dinner on the table during these busy late summer evenings. I’ve been all about quick, delicious, healthy, and family friendly dinners! When you think of extremely quick and you’re a mom the word Spaghetti comes to mind almost immediately, right? Well, in my world, it sure does. Pepper has been LOVING spaghetti lately. I’ve been making it weekly. Eric and I are just starting to be a little burnt out on it.

When I was younger I would make spaghetti sandwiches with leftover spaghetti. What in the heck is a spaghetti sandwich you ask? It’s exactly what you’re thinking if you’re thinking that I took toasted garlic bread and basically sandwiched a big spoonful of spaghetti between it. (sometimes cold spaghetti)  It wasn’t the healthiest of things, but my god, it was GOOD. I’ve been thinking about these spaghetti sandwiches every single week since Pepper decided that spaghetti was her new staple, but refraining knowing full well that I’d like to hit my personal goal weight sometime in the next year. I decided that there had to be a healthier way to get the spaghetti sandwich effect and I hit the nail on the head with these Italian Sloppy Joes! These are seriously my new favorite thing and I cannot express enough the fact that you should make these literally right this minute.

I’ll stop talking.

P.S. I’m really tired. Like, really. So, I hope this post makes sense. I really, really, really wanted to get it out into the world of my fantastic readers as soon as possible.

Let’s get in the kitchen!

First ya chop an onion up.

Then ya mince a few cloves of garlic up.

Then ya plop some ground beef into a hot skillet, break it up and season it with some kosher salt.

Add your onion and garlic!


Cook over medium high heat until the beef is browned and the onions are soft.

Add the tomato sauce, the diced tomatoes, the Worcestershire sauce, the oregano, and the basil.

Mix’r all up and let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes. (Basically while you’re making the garlic bread)

Grab some bread! Okay, here’s the thing. You can choose your bread really to fit whatever points or calories you want to spend on these babies. I choose to use the thick slices texas toast because I love bread. You can use some whole wheat bread, italian bread, half of a bun… the options are endless, really. I mean not endless, but you get my point.

I follow Weight Watchers Smart Points Program and unfortunately, real butter is slightly frowned upon. I still use it in a lot of recipes, but I chose to keep my personal points lower by using this stuff in the picture. It does the job. Butter would be better because duh. You can make your garlic bread however you want! I’m just showing ya how I do mine.

I place the bread on a sheet pan and I spray each side with some of the spray “butter” and then sprinkle on some garlic powder, italian seasoning, and kosher salt. Pop’m in a 415 degree oven for 10 minutes flipping halfway through until each side until the bread is golden brown.

Fun fact: I normally do Eric’s with real butter, but I wasn’t thinkin’ and gave’m this stuff and he didn’t notice. He gave me rave reviews! I realize that wasn’t a really “fun fact”, cut me some slack. I’m tired, remember?

When the bread is done pile on one heaping 1/2 cup onto each slice.

Repeat until done.

*Note: I would recommend only placing the meat on those of which will be eaten right away. Storing them in the fridge like this will result in soggy bread. With that being said, for this photo I did not have six mouths to feed so I did in fact eat soggy-ish bread open faced italian sloppy joes as left overs, and they were pretty good. Somedays, I’m truly not hard to please.*

Pile some mozzarella cheese on top of each sandwich evenly. (About 2 1/2 tbs per sandwich)

Pop’m back in the oven just until the cheese is melted.


Seriously, I just love these. So much. Grab a fork and dig in!

Make’m and see for yourself!

(and let me know if you do make them.)

With love from my kitchen to yours,



P.S. This recipe can be easily doubled to feed a hungry crowd and make everybody’s bellies full and happy.  Enjoy!

5 from 5 votes

Italian Sloppy Joes

An addicting and delicious twist on the classic sloppy joe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


Italian Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp basil dried
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup Mozzarella, part skim, shredded
  • salt & pepper to taste

Garlic Bread

  • 6 Slices thick sliced texas toast or choice of bread
  • butter spray I use Parkay
  • 2 pinches italian seasoning, dried
  • 2-3 pinches garlic powder
  • 1-2 pinches salt


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat add ground beef and sprinkle with kosher salt. Break the ground beef up and then add onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until meat is browned and onions are soft. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, basil, and oregano. Stir together and reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes. Salt & Pepper to taste. 

  2. While the Sloppy Joe mixture is continuing to cook, prepare the garlic bread slices. Place 6 slices of thick texas toast, spray with spray butter, and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, and kosher salt on each side.  Place into preheated 415 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes flipping at the half way mark, until bread is golden brown.  (Use whatever method of garlic bread you would like. ) 

  3. When the garlic bread is done scoop one half heaping cup of sloppy joe meat onto each slice of toasted bread and evenly top with shredded mozzarella. (about 2.5 tbs on each pile) 

  4. Place back into the oven for about 3 minutes or  until cheese is melted. 


Recipe Notes

Suggested Serving Size: Heaping 1/2 cup Sloppy Joe mix and 2.5 tbs Mozzarella Cheese

4 Freestyle Smart Points (calculated using Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

4 Smart Points (calculated using Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

5 Points Plus (calculated using My Score Plus)

220 calories 9g fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 13g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 6g sugar, 22g protein (calculated using My Fitness Pal) 

Suggested Serving Size: Heaping half cup Sloppy Joe Mix and 2.5 tbs Mozzarella With Texas Toast Garlic Bread

8 Freestyle Smart Points (calculated using Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

8 Smart Points (calculated using Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

8 Points Plus (calculated using My Score Plus)

312 Calories 10g fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 30g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 8g sugar, 24g protein. (calculated using My Fitness Pal) 


*You can use 4 tbs dried minced onion in place of the raw onion. 



  1. Carolyn English

    Star, these It. Sloppy Joes look great. Can’t wait to try them.

  2. I’ve wanted an excuse to eat biscuits and I think this is the recipe to do it. These look so good.

  3. Is each sandwich 8sp?

    • Each sandwich using one slice of Texas Toast is 8 SP. If using different bread each heaping cup of sloppy joe meat and 2 1/2 tbs of shredded mozzarella is 4 SP

  4. Susan Pletcher

    Made this last night. So good, my family lost their minds!!! Thank you for your wonderful recipes, they are helping me with weight watchers and keeping my family soooo happy! You are amazing Star.

  5. What percentage of ground beef do you use?

  6. How would you eat these for left overs? Keep the bread separate and then heat the mix up?

  7. Are you using the frozen Texas Toast? I just want to make sure I’m buying the right bread.

    Thank you!

    • Nope! Just texas toast bread slices from the bread aisle they should all be the same point values =) You could use the frozen garlic bread texas toast too though. I think those are 5 Points a slice though and a bit smaller.

  8. Tricia Flanery

    This is so yummy!! Definitely a family favorite!

  9. Kristin Gates

    This was so amazing! Seriously never using canned sloppy joe sauce again! It’s so hard to pick a favorite recipe of yours because so far I love ALL OF THEM, but this one is definitely in the top. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

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  11. I made this last night and subbed the beef for 99% ground turkey which brought it to zero points #freestyle (minus the bread of course) which left room for Real Texas Toast and some extra cheese. It was awesome and my picky hubby loved it too. Thank you!!

  12. Hi- why is the freestyle points so much less than the Smart Points for this recipe?

    • Hi there! Sorry bout that. It’s actually the same amount of points. The only way the points would be lower is if you’d like to use 99% fat free ground turkey/chicken. That was my typo actually. I just fixed it!

  13. Stephanie Lawhorn

    Loved this recipe. My second recipe I have tried of yours and it was awesome. So happy I found your website. It makes staying on ww so much easier.

  14. Made these tonight and they were SPECTACULAR. My 3 yr old even joined the clean plate club, and I can’t recall the last time that happened. Seriously so tasty.

  15. These are SO GOOD. My “is that a Weight Watchers recipe?” husband said “is this a cheat meal?” I used 96% lean ground beef, FF mozzarella (on mine – regular for everyone else’s) and Aunt Millie’s 35 calorie bread. Plugged everything into the recipe maker, and can have TWO for only 5 Freestyle Smart Points. Amazing! So filling and yummy – this will be in a regular rotation FOR SURE. xo

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