Pop-Up Pizza Casserole

Rich and gooey, this deep-dish pizza-flavor casserole puffs up as it bakes. It's as much fun to make as it is to eat -- a surefire bet for kids.

Pop-Up Pizza Casserole
Servings: 9 Prep 30 mins Bake 400°F 25 mins


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 green sweet pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1 1 1/2 ounce package spaghetti sauce mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pepperoni slices (optional)

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In an extra-large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until brown; drain off fat. Stir onion, sweet pepper, garlic, dry spaghetti sauce mix, and oregano into meat. Add tomato sauce and the water. Cook and stir until boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, beat milk, eggs, and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add flour and salt; beat for 2 minutes more.

3. Transfer hot beef mixture to an ungreased 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Pour egg mixture evenly over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; top with pepperoni slices (if desired).

4. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 9; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 392, Fat, total (g): 24, chol. (mg): 119, sat. fat (g): 10, carb. (g): 22, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 22, sodium (mg): 896, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.