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Quick & Easy Deep Dish Pizza

I was trying to impress my boyfriend with my cooking, so I made this meaty pizza. I think it worked. Here we are 17 years later, and I still make it for our family at least once a month, if not more! —Stacey White, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 10 slices Canadian bacon (about 6 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 2 packages (6-1/2 ounces each) pizza crust mix
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef, pepper and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in pizza sauce and Canadian bacon; remove from heat.
  • Prepare dough for pizza crust according to package directions. Press dough to fit bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Spoon meat sauce onto crust. Sprinkle with cheese; top with pepperoni. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until crust and cheese are golden brown.
    Freeze option: Cool meat sauce before assembling pizza. Securely cover and freeze unbaked pizza. To use, bake frozen pizza, covered with foil, in a preheated 425° oven 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until golden brown and heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 476 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1124mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.
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