Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beefy Pizza Casserole

I can honestly say that I have had this recipe on hand from a 2005 Southern Living! Seriously! But, only first made it last night! 6 years later! It was very tasty. Chris and the kids ate it up! It's a great one-dish dinner or to take to share with another family. Lots of "making it your own" options too.

Beefy Pizza Casserole

2 pounds ground beef
2 med onions, chopped
1/2 c chopped green bell pepper
4 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
1/4 c flour
1 26-oz jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 13.6-oz can refrigerated pizza crust
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Cook first 3 ingredients and 3 tsp Italian seasoning in a large skillet. Drain well and return to skillet.
Add 1/4 cup flour, stirring until blended. Stir in pasta sauce. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
Spoon mixture into lightly greased 13x9 casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
Unroll pizza crust, and place on top of cheese. Brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.
Bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes.

***I added Pepperoni to the top of the meat mixture. Chris would have me use more and add other pizza toppings to the mixture (Canadian bacon, sausage, and other veggies too).