Slow-Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes

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Slow-Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes
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Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low

In my child's eyes, the sloppier the meal, the tastier it is. Of course, all that does is make me cringe and clutch a roll of paper towels. Pizza Sloppy Joes are one of our family favorites. The best thing about this recipe is that I can make it in a slow cooker in just a few simple steps. Plus, by using lean ground turkey and whole wheat buns, it's a great way to sneak in a healthy meal with lots of flavor. Packed with all of the favorite flavors of pizza but sandwiched into a bun, Pizza Sloppy Joes are an easy weeknight family meal.

What you'll need

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 hamburger buns
Helpful Tip:

This recipe can be adapted to your family's liking. Like pepperoni pizza instead of sausage? Just use 1 pound of ground turkey, cook accordingly, and add 2/3 cup diced pepperoni to the slow cooker when you add the marinara sauce. Like hamburger instead of sausage? Replace the turkey and sausage with one pound of ground beef and cook accordingly. Maybe your family loves vegetables on their pizza? Then try adding mushrooms, bell peppers, or even a few olives when you add the marinara sauce to the slow cooker.

Notes:

Serves 4 to 6

How to make it

  1. In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Pour the onions into the slow cooker. Increase the heat to the pan to medium-high and add turkey and sausage. Sauté until the ground turkey and sausage is browned; add to the onions.

  2. Pour marinara sauce and parmesan cheese into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 

  3. To serve: spoon mixture onto the bottom slice of a hamburger bun, top with a tablespoon of shredded mozzarella, then top with the remaining bun.

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