Upside-Down Pizza Casserole Recipe

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"When everyone craves pizza and you have no refrigerated dough on hand and no time to prepare a homemade crust, try this easy upside-down version," writes Karen Cook of Putnam Station, New York.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 225 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 373 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer until heated through. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  2. In a blender, combine the milk, eggs, oil, flour and salt; cover and process until smooth. Pour over cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Upside-Down Pizza in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p41

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"I would call this chow. Predictable, not great. Cheese and "crust" mushed together when baking. I think another upside down pizza is worth trying."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"This is a great fast dinner. I usually have all the ingredients on hand so it's one of our go to recipes. It tastes pretty good. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the crust is plain, but it's not bad. It would not prevent me from making it again."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

"My kids love this meal. I, too, add additional seasonings and often substitute ground turkey for thebeef. We also toss in some pepperoni. This and a tossed salad make a quick, hearty meal."

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"this is a quick pizza dinner. but the "crust" tastes kinda "plain". so i added a few tablespoons of italian seasoning to it and it perked up a little bit. i'm not sure if i'll make it again."

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