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.
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.
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.
Bake and allow to sit a few minutes.
Does this give any indication about what my family thought of this meal?
Here is what my family thought of this meal.
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
- can 16.3 oz Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated original biscuits
- 1 can 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 Cooked Italian Sausages we used fully cooked chicken ones
CUT each biscuit into 8 pieces; toss with pizza sauce and 1 cup of the cheese. (sausage if you are using)
SPREAD in sprayed 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Top with pepperoni and peppers if using.
BAKE at 375°F 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
Add remaining cheese and allow to cook another 5 minutes or until cheese melted.
Adapted from http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/grands-pepperoni-pizza-bake/a3d058ba-4746-4ed6-932f-4d7af3d913cd
What is you favorite go to quick meal idea?
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