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Basic Beef Pizza Recipe

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We like pizza plain and simple without the frills of many toppings. This easy-to-fix pizza is better than any frozen variety.—Linda Troop, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add salt, celery salt and pepper; set aside. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 13-in. circle. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Spread sauce over crust to within 1/2 in. of edge. Top with cheese and beef mixture. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 servings.
If you don't have time to thaw frozen bread dough for Basic Beef Pizza, you can use a refrigerated pizza crust instead.
Originally published as Basic Beef Pizza in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p262

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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