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Easy Pizza Casserole

Easy Pizza CasseroleYour whole family will love this super easy, super yummy pizza casserole. Makes a great weekday or weekend meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound bulk Italian sausage, or if using links, casings removed
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil - divided use
1 (16-ounce) package hot roll mix* (such as Pillsbury brand)
1 (14-ounce) jar marinara or spaghetti sauce**
1 (2-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese - divided use

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish; set aside.
  2. In large skillet, crumble and cook sausage over medium-high heat until done; drain well and set aside.
  3. Prepare hot roll mix as directed on package, except omit the egg and margarine, and use 1 cup hot water and 1 tablespoon oil. No need to let dough rise. Using your hands, spread the dough evenly onto the bottom and sides of the prepared baking dish.
  4. Brush dough with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese over dough. Spoon marinara sauce evenly over the cheese, layer the cooked sausage, olives and mushrooms over the sauce and sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over all.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is bubbly and crust has browned.

Makes 12 servings.

*Or substitute with a half batch of Pizza Dough 4-Ways.

**Tip: This is a great use for leftover spaghetti sauce; use approximately 2 cups sauce -- a little more or a little less won't mess up the outcome.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): 273.2 calories; 42% calories from fat; 12.8g total fat; 32.5mg cholesterol; 640.8mg sodium; 272.2mg potassium; 22.0g carbohydrates; 0.6g fiber; 3.5g sugar; 21.4g net carbs; 17.2g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Cantil; Copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.