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Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

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Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
30 Min

Our Test Kitchen put an easy spin on the popular Chicago-style "deep dish pizza," and this is the tasty result. Anyone can make our Deep Dish Pizza Casserole and everyone will love it!!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chunky Italian-style tomato sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 6 (1-ounce) slices mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup frozen bell peppers and onions, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown beef, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain, if necessary, and return to skillet. Add tomato sauce and cook until heated.
  3. Meanwhile, unroll pizza dough, and press into bottom and halfway up sides of prepared baking dish (see Notes). Line bottom of pizza crust with 3 slices mozzarella cheese. Top with meat mixture and veggies.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 12 minutes. Top with remaining cheese slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheese melts. Cool 5 minutes before serving.


  • Our Test Kitchen served this with a refreshing pitcher of ice cold Watermelon Lemonade  The contrast of the zesty pizza and the tangy lemonade complements each other perfectly!
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  • Make sure to push the pizza crust up the sides of your baking dish so the delicious pizza filling will bubble up inside the crispy crust.
  • Like your pizza with more toppings? Maybe add pepperoni or crumbled, cooked sausage for extra taste!
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  • If you enjoyed this Deep Dish Pizza Casserole, be sure to check out our recipe for Chicago Deep Dish Pizza or After School Pizza Puffs.


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Just o.k. I used italian sausage instead of hamburger

We love this pizza dish. I also add olives. It is super easy and very, very tasty!!

Although I haven't tried this yet, I would like to suggest a couple of tips. Spread your ground beef in a baking pan and cook in the oven. After draining, grind in food processor before mixing with tomatoes. This will make a smoothe and meaty sauce without the lumpy, sometimes tough bits of ground beef. I also use shredded cheese. For some reason I feel the processed slices are less healthy

super easy recipe, even you want to add extra toppings, added sausage, ham and pepperoni.....Yumm!!

I don't understand the cheese part! Don't you mean 6 pcs on 1st layer,then another 6 like the picture shows????

Hello! The mozzarella cheese (as sold by Sargento or Kraft) comes in long slices. So 3 long slices on the bottom and 3 on the stop should work. In the picture, the casserole was cut after it was baked.

I made this with Italian seasoned ground turkey, extra onion and black olive. Excellent alternative to expensive take out pizza! Definitely a recipe to save.

Very good, and recipe made a large casserole . I cooked it a little longer so the bottom crust would be completely cooked.

Thanks again "Mr Food" another keeper! But, I have to remind people of your (excellent) recipe for "Pepperoni Pie Squares"!!! We are still enjoying it tremendously! I hope all your [fans] will give it a try. Trust me 'fellow cooks & bakers,' you don't want to miss out on it! I will be trying this one also [real soon]. "Little ole' Ohio cook"

Growing up I remember my mother making this and I haven't had it in decades. When I saw this on the show this morning the memories came back and it was "oooh so good". Thank you so much I never asked her how she made it and never thought I would eat this dish again. She will be looking down at me in the kitchen tomorrow smiling. Thanks

I skipped the ground beef but did add some browned italian sausage and coarsely chopped fresh spinach to sauce, just wilting it. very nice way for getting kids to eat spinach.

Please add nutrition info

Sounds delicious! I will be making this for my family soon. Considering the cost of "take-out" pizza these days, this sounds like an economical dish, too!

When I want to print a recipe I don't want to print the whole page!!!

you don't need to. Just highlight what you want, click file at top of computer, click print and a box will come up.....then hit selection as opposed to ALL. works every time...i've saved alot of ink that way.

With an Apple Save as a PDF file and delete the pages or parts you don't want before printing.

What a easy way to make pizza!

Instead of groundbeef try italian sausage or half/half mixture and a Tbsp. italian seasonng to the sauce plus 2 Tbsp. ketchup for a more tangy sauce. I've been making deep dish or big foot pizzas for twenty yrs.,but always looking for new ways to make or add to it!

This was easy to make and my husband loved it.

ooh its so good!! i would like to try more of these great tasting recipes


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