Beefy Pizza Casserole

Southern Living
In taste tests, our kitchen panel preferred the casserole with lean ground beef.
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

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2 pounds Ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
4 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (26-ounce) jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust*
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 12 Minutes
Bake: 20 Minutes

Cook first 3 ingredients and 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. 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 a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.

Unroll pizza crust, and place on top of cheese. (Tuck edges into baking dish, if necessary.) Brush with olive oil, and sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.

Bake at 425° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

*An 11.3-ounce refrigerated pizza crust may be substituted.

Created date

August 2005