This Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes recipe is just the thing for easy, weeknight, family-friendly meals. Everyone will love this Italian twist on Sloppy Joes!

2 beef bolognese sloppy joes on a plate.

Classic Beef Bolognese is simmered on the stovetop for hours. While it’s utterly delicious, I just don’t have that kind of time to devote to weeknight dinners. Consequently, when making this Beef Bolognese mixture I compensated time by building flavors quickly. I did this by using tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and Holland House White Cooking Wine. Each brings a deep, savory element to the recipe.

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Sloppy Joe filling in a large pan.

Process shot of making Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes

For my family, weeknight dinners need to be 2 things:

  1. easy
  2. and most of all delicious

This Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes recipe definitely meets these criteria. Consequently, my family of 4 LOVES these sloppy joes. They’re satisfying, and my kids completely devour them! They’re super easy to make, let me show you how!

Picture collage of how to make beef bolognese sloppy joes.

  1. First, gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Sauté the onions and carrots in butter.
  3. Next, add the beef and cook until browned.
  4. Pour in the milk and Holland House White Cooking Wine and cook until liquid is nearly evaporated.
  5. Add the tomatoes.
  6. Then, simmer the mixture until it’s thickened.
  7. Finally, spoon the mixture over warmed and sliced ciabatta rolls, and add freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Two Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes on a plate

Cook’s Note – Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes:

  • Leftover sloppy joe mixture can be kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Freeze: Place Beef bolognese mixture in an air-tight container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. To Use: let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating on the stovetop. You may need to add a little water to loosen the mixture.
  • To make authentic Beef bolognese over spaghetti from this recipe, just add an additional 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. This will make enough sauce for 2 pounds of pasta. You can freeze or store half the sauce by using the methods above.
  • I like to serve these Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes with a simple salad, pasta salad, or steamed broccoli.

Top view of Easy Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes with rolls and filling in the background

Process shot of making Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes
5 from 7 votes

Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes

Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
8 people
This Beef Bolognese Sloppy Joes recipe is just the thing for easy, weeknight, family-friendly meals. Everyone will love this Italian twist on Sloppy Joes!


  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 large carrots minced or finely chopped in food processor (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium onion small diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup Holland House White Cooking Wine
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ciabatta rolls warmed and sliced (or 12 smaller ciabatta rolls for sliders)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  • In large, deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add carrots and onion and cook until softened and edges of onion begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, garlic, sugar, and 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef. Use wooden spoon to break up meat and cook until browned, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and cooking wine, scrapping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Cook mixture until liquid is nearly evaporated, about 14 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add remaining ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, season with salt and pepper, and serve over sliced rolls. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3450IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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  1. I love sloppy joes. These looks gourmet and absolutely delicious!

  2. Catherine says:

    I’m loving all the sloppy joes I’ve been seeing. They’re the best form of comfort food. These look great!

    1. I agree, comfort food but made quickly!

  3. Tina Dawson | Love is in my tummy says:

    I’ve always wondered how sloppy joes were made. Thanks so much for those detailed step-by-step instructions. Very helpful!

    1. You’re welcome, enjoy!

  4. I’ve never tried this twist before. It sounds good!

  5. Emily Burmeiste says:

    Yum! We love sloppy joes in our house, it is always a hit.

  6. I have never liked sloppy joes, but I loooove bolognese! I could totally go for some of these vastly improved sloppy joes right now.

    1. They are SO good; a little bit gourmet but SO easy!

  7. Elizabeth @ says:

    I’m totally with you–weeknight meals need to be FAST! And with 3 other people in my family, they need to be things everyone would enjoy. These sloppy joes totally check all the boxes!

  8. Brian Jones says:

    Love the sound of this, I reckon some nice melty cheese like a Gouda or an Ementhal would work wonderfully 🙂

    1. Those would work as well!

  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says:

    Now this looks like comfort food! Sloppy joes aren’t really a think here in the UK, but I think I need to try some.

    1. You should try the, they’re easy and so satisfying!

  10. I love that you photographed all of the steps! What a delicious-looking family friendly meal! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. You’re so sweet, thanks Kim!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Yum! I made sloppy joes for my family for the first time ever a few weeks ago and they loved them. I will have to try this recipe out soon!

    1. I hope you and your family loves it!

  12. Oh that looks luscious, I’ll take 3 rolls worth please 😉

  13. Lori Vachon says:

    What a hearty meal, looks perfect for a big family gathering!

  14. Michelle De La Cerda says:

    This would be a crowd pleasing meal for sure! No leftovers here.

  15. I love the suggestion of pairing these with broccoli. That sounds so perfect for a dinner this coming week.

    1. I hope you enjoy these slippy joes!