Back to School Easy Dinner Ideas- Easy Pizza Casserole

Thanks to Pillsbury Grands and CleverGirls for sponsoring this post on Back to School Easy Dinner Ideas of this easy pizza casserole. 

Now that the kids are in school and the kids activities are in full swing, getting dinner on the table can be a challenge. I wish I was better at meal planning but I often find myself looking in the fridge for dinner ideas around the time the bus is due to drop off the kids. Having a stash of quick go to Back to school Easy dinner ideas is always a winner.

Thanks to the folks at Pillsbury, they have created an easy dinner ideas Recipe Booklet that you can download and print if you wish. You can find these easy dinner ideas HERE.


Most of these recipes include Pillsbury Grands. You know the biscuit product in the tubes in the refrigerated sections of your grocery store? I have made mini pizzas  and pot pie with the Pillsbury Grands before but did not realize all the other possibilities. You definitely want to keep some of these in your fridge when you are looking for easy dinner ideas.

I was most intrigued by the recipe for  Grands! Pepperoni Pizza Bake. I was more impressed by the ease of preparation and how much we really enjoyed this dinner, which took 40 minutes max, 25 of that in the oven and 5-10 cooling down before eating. Which leads to 10 mins of prep time. Talk about an easy dinner idea. In the time you would order out for pizza you have dinner on the table. 

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First you cut each of the Grands Biscuits into 8 pieces. I found it easy to pile them 3 high for efficiency.

Mix together the sauce and cheese.

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Layer it in a glass casserole pan.

Top it with any pizza flavors your family would enjoy. I added turkey pepperoni, fully cooked chicken italian sausage and half of the casserole had green peppers. Just like a pizza shop you can customize this recipe to meet your family needs.

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Bake and allow to sit a few minutes.

Does this give any indication about what my family thought of this meal?

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Here is what my family thought of this meal.

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Even though you are tempted to go to the drive thru or serve the kids cereal, (nothing wrong with either of those) be sure and check out the Pillsbury Recipe guide to Back to School Easy Dinner Ideas, you will be pleasantly surprised. This was so easy I am sure my kids could have easily made it. I am going to make the Pot pie cups next.


Grands Pepperoni Pizza Bake

Grands Pepperoni Pizza Bake

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Grands Pepperoni Pizza Bake is a biscuit pizza casserole recipe that the kids can make 


  • 16.3 oz can grands canned biscuits, refrigerated original biscuits
  • 8 oz pizza sauce, I used a 15 oz can
  • 2 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese, 8 oz (divided) (I used italian blend)
  • 16 slices pepperoni, 1 1/2 inch (We used Turkey)
  • Green Pepper
  • 2 Italian Sausages, we used fully cooked chicken ones


  1. CUT each biscuit into 8 pieces; toss with pizza sauce and 1 cup of the cheese. (sausage if you are using)
  2. SPREAD in sprayed 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Top with pepperoni and peppers if using.
  3. BAKE at 375°F 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
  4. Add remaining cheese and allow to cook another 5 minutes or until cheese melted.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 614Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 59mgSodium 1681mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 3gSugar 11gProtein 27g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

What is you favorite go to quick meal idea?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills. Compensation was provided by General Mills via Clever Girls Collective.

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  1. Hi Maria, this sounds like a great quick and easy recipe to make for a busy week night dinner. I pinned it and thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for coming by. YOu do have a long day this is the perfect recipe that you can do any weeknight without really thinking about cooking.

  3. Awesome! and it looks yummy too! Happy i stopped by. i can really use this easy dinner recipe. I wake up everyday at 5:30 to see everyone go from school to office – I am sotired by the end of the day

  4. I always have some Pillsbury biscuits in the fridge. This looks like something my girls would love to have for dinner! Thanks for sharing!

  5. We use those biscuits for a lot of our muffin tin dinners. I’ve never cut them up and made a casserole with them before! What a great idea. Will definitely try this–I know my kids will love it.

  6. Ha, I love the empty dish and I can totally see why! 🙂

  7. That does look like a quick and easy pizza! I am interested to see what the pot pie entails and if it can be made for just me!

  8. THere are some tasty recipes in the Pillsbury Easy Dinner recipe PDF. love to know what you end up trying

  9. Hope you enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction from everyone including myself..

  10. Wow! That looks so good, and so quick and easy! Definitely a go-to dish for a school night! Thanks for the recipe! I cannot wait to give it a try!

  11. What an awesome (and easy enough!) dinner idea now that school and sports and other activities are back in session. I could definitely use that booklet of simple recipes. I’m always looking for ideas!

  12. I love using pillsbury. I am going to make this for my kids. Thank you for the recipe.

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