Pizza in a bun

This pizza-inspired sloppy joe is made with a ton of veggies.

Sloppy Joes

Tiffany King’s new book, Eat at Home Tonight, is perfect for busy families. Check out the meal-planning guru’s pizza-inspired sloppy joe, made with a ton of veggies — and sausage and pepperoni instead of beef — plucked from her Everyone’s on a Different Schedule Tonight chapter.

Royal Feast Pizza Sloppy Joes

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 6 sandwich buns, sliced
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese (optional)

Combine the onion, peppers and sausage in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the sausage is nearly cooked through.

Add the pepperoni and cook for a few minutes more, until the sausage is done.

Drain excess grease from the pan, if needed.

Stir in the tomato sauce, garlic powder and oregano and season with salt and pepper.

Cook over medium heat until hot and bubbling. Meanwhile, toast the buns.

Spoon the filling onto the toasted buns and top the filling with cheese (optional).


Use a food processor to quickly dice your veggies. You can even sneak more good stuff into the recipe: Our recipe testers added 1/2 cup black olives, but carrots, zucchini, celery or eggplant would work well, too.

Source: Reprinted from Eat at Home Tonight: 101 Simple Busy-Family Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot and More with permission from WaterBrook & Multnomah / Penguin Random House.