Upside-Down Pizza Skillet Casserole


Toast cubed Italian bread slices before making this easy pizza skillet casserole for even more flavor and texture.

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
30 mins
6 cups


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef

  • 8 ounce uncooked Italian turkey sausage

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 2 cup packaged sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 4 ounce can pitted sliced black olives, drained

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 15 ounce can pizza sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 ounce Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, toasted

  • ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese or shredded reduced-fat Italian blend cheeses (3 ounces)

  • Grated Parmesan cheese; dried oregano, crushed; and/or crushed red pepper


  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, turkey sausage, oregano, and fennel seeds. Cook until meat is browned. Add the mushrooms, black olives, and onion. Cook 5 to 7 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Stir in pizza sauce, water, and salt. Reduce heat to medium.

  2. Top meat mixture with bread cubes and sprinkle with cheese. Cook, covered, about 3 minutes more or until cheese is melted. If desired, top with grated Parmesan, additional oregano, and/or crushed red pepper.


To toast bread cubes, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread bread cubes in an even layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden and crisp, stirring twice. Let cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 929mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 9.8mg 49%
Calcium 218mg 17%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 652mg 14%
Folate, total 46.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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