Pop-Up Pizza Casserole
Recipe from Family Circle

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.



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Servings: 9
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    1 1/2  pounds 
    ground beef
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    onion, chopped (1 cup)
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    green sweet pepper, chopped (1 cup)
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    garlic, minced
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    1  1 1/2 ounce package 
    spaghetti sauce mix
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    dried oregano, crushed
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    1  15  ounce can 
    tomato sauce
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    1/2  cup 
    water
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    1   cup 
    milk
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    eggs
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    1   tablespoon 
    vegetable oil
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    1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1   cup 
    shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
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    1/4  cup 
    grated Parmesan cheese
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    Pepperoni slices (optional)

Directions
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 information
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
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