Looking for a simple, but filling meal? How about a kid-friendly one to boot? My take on the ol’ popular Pizza Pie (or Tebow Pizza Pie) might be the ticket. The original versions call for a packet of spaghetti sauce mix, but I prefer to use my own spaghetti sauce. Each month I make a big batch of our favorite sauce and freeze it in 2 cup portions. Having it on hand helps me out on a busy or lazy day. Toss in your favorite toppings, top with mozzarella and you’re good to go. It’s similar to another kid-friendly pizza-inspired dish, Bubble Pizza, but more pie-ish. 🙂
Easy Pizza Pie
- 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 large clove or 2 small cloves)
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced and roughly chopped
- 2.5 cups favorite homemade spaghetti sauce (or your favorite store-bought sauce–if your sauce includes meat, you can eliminate the ground beef/turkey called for in this recipe)
- 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (I like Trader Joe’s biscuits)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- dried or fresh parsley for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 400°. Cook beef, onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a large pan until meat is no longer pink. Drain fat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring. Pour in the spaghetti sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then cut heat to a simmer. Cook at a simmer for an extra 10 minutes (cover to avoid splattering).
In the meantime, separate biscuits and press on the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate (I’ve used a rectangular dish, but the deep-dish pie plate works best for me). Doesn’t have to be pretty. Smash it in there, making sure the middle isn’t too thick to make sure it cooks evenly. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese then fill with meat sauce mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese and the rest of the parmesan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese melts. Sprinkle parsley on each serving.
*Cozycakes Note: If you use a smaller dish to bake the pie, the crust/biscuits might not cook completely in the middle. Be sure to use a proper size pan and press the dough out evenly in the pan to avoid undercooked crust. If you like, you can bake the crust for a few minutes at a lower heat (just about 4 to 5 minutes) before adding all other ingredients and returning to the oven.