upside-down pizza bake

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This is a yummy pizza casserole that’s easy to prepare and Gracie just loves it. It’s a fun way to sneak some veggies into your child’s diet. Serve with a yummy tossed salad.

preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1 pound extra lean ground beef or bison, thawed completely and browned

1 (15 oz.) jar marinara sauce

1 Tablespoon fennel seeds

your favorite pizza toppings, I used:

chopped fresh Roma tomato

chopped fresh green pepper

fresh minced garlic

sliced green olives

sliced onion


1 (8 oz.) package shredded Mozzarella cheese (or fresh Mozz)

1 (8 oz.) package shredded cheddar cheese

Lightly brown hamburger so there’s still some pink meat. Drain off excess fat. Combine, the hamburger, fennel seeds and marinara and spread in the bottom of a 9×13 glass cake pan. Sprinkle your pizza toppings over meat mixture.

Sprinkle the cheeses over the pizza toppings

In a medium mixing bowl, combine:

1 cup all purpose flour

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Pour over the grated cheeses

Bake for 45 minutes to 60 minutes (until the top is a lightly browned and the casserole is bubbling.)

Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

Top with a little extra marinara and Parmesan cheese if you wish!



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  4 comments for “upside-down pizza bake

  1. November 10, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Nice, it’s just like a pizza without the useless calories from the bread. I like a slice of good pizza as much as the next guy but sometimes, the bread is just so “there” and pointless. Empty calories! Love the look of this – cheesylicious! 🙂

    • Melissa
      November 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

      exactly! I should have put “cheesylicious” in the title 🙂 hee hee

  2. Samantha
    June 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Wait, do you put the beef raw in the bottom or do you cook it first? When it’s says completely thawed it makes me believe it’s raw. Thanks!

    • Melissa
      June 8, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Samantha 🙂
      No, sorry for the misunderstanding. You brown the meat so there’s still a little pink and then drain off the excess fat. Cook casserole as directed and until meat is completely cooked through.


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