Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Light Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Wow. For a light recipe this casserole is just....wow. First off, it's super simple to whip up. Second off, it does NOT taste light, at all. But rest assured, it IS a lighter recipe. I always trust Emily at Emily Bites and her light, hearty recipes never dissappoint. (Like that golden potato bake I made.. blegh.) I had to redeem myself with "diet food" for my boyfriend after that potato bake. This dish did just that. Plus the portion size is huge, it almost makes you feel like a cheater!

Of course, if you're on a diet you don't want to eat something like this  EVERY night but it is something you can throw in your rotation when you're craving a satisfying, rich meal.


1 lb 95% lean ground beef
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
Italian Seasoning to taste
garlic powder to taste
cooking spray
7 turkey pepperonies, quartered (optional)
black olives (optional)
1 can refrigerated pizza dough
6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Preaheat oven to 425*.
2. Brown beef in over medium-high heat. Drain off ALL grease (I even blot it with a paper towel at this point to get as much grease off as I can.)
3. Return to skillet, season with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and a little salt. Stir to combine.
4. Add the tomato sauce, and stir until heated through.
5. Meanwhile, spray a 13x9 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Press the pizza dough in the dish, making a "crust" that goes about halfway up the sides.
6. Pour the prepared meat mixture over the crust and spread evenly.
7. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Top with cheese and any other desired pizza toppings. I also sprinkled a little extra Italian seasoning over the top.
8. Bake for 5 additional minutes or until the cheese is melted. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 6. Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value: 9.
317 calories per serving.

Recipe adapted from Emily Bites

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