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How to make Puffed Up Pizza Casserole Recipe

Puffed Up Pizza Casserole

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Family friendly and a crowd pleaser, this Puffed Up Pizza Casserole has a ground beef layer topped with an easy, cheesy homemade dough layer. This one is a hit with kids and adults!



  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (15 oz can) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced dry onion
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned, breaking up as you cook it. Drain, if necessary, and then stir in the onion and green bell pepper. Let the vegetables cook for a couple minutes, then add the tomato sauce and water and stir to combine. Add the dry onion, cornstarch, oregano, basil, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and celery salt. Stir to combine, then cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, butter, oil and eggs and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the flour, and then beat for 2 more minutes. (The batter will be thin.)
  4. Pour the meat mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Pour the liquid mixture evenly over the top of the meat. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, followed by the Parmesan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from Best of the Best from Utah Cookbook

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Calories: 536
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 1243 mg
  • Fat: 31 g
  • Saturated Fat: 17 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 41 g
  • Cholesterol: 154 mg