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This upside pizza casserole recipe is an older post that we used to make fairly often and slowly with time we forgot about it. At least until this fall. It’s come back into our lives so I took new photos and popped it back up here just so you could enjoy it too! Enjoy reading this post from years ago and make this delicious recipe!

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It is quite possible that we hurried and took this picture without paying any attention to the fact that you can’t see all of the saucy goodness just so that we could hurry and eat before The Biggest Loser finale came on. Such priorities, I know. It also took me quite a while to post the upside down pizza casserole because I have gotten so behind on recipes lately.

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I saw this recipe on Jomade a bit back and was excited to try it out. We happened to really enjoy this dish. We love pizza, we love comfort food and we love to make things that are a twist on the norm. This was perfect. It seriously was really good.

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I wanted to point out that while we did make the crust you could totally just buy pizza dough and roll it out to put on top. Which is why I’ve included this recipe in the quick dishes section. You can totally shortcut it for a go to meal on a busy day. We did think that it was a bit too bready so next time we will either make two pans and take one to a neighbor or cut the pizza dough in half.

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How Long Will Left-over Pizza Keep?

Left over pizza will last about 5 days in the refrigerator.

It should be tightly wrapped in plastic or foil.

Does Pepperoni Have To Be Refrigerated?

Pepperoni, whole and unopened, can be stored indefinitely in the refrigerator or up to 6 weeks in the pantry.

Once it has been opened, it must be refrigerated.

Pepperoni will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Can You Use Spaghetti Sauce for Pizza Sauce?

Pizza Sauce is usually thicker than spaghetti sauce, which contains more water.

Spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce are made from the same basic ingredients.

Spaghetti sauce can be used in place of pizza sauce.

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Upside Down Pizza Casserole

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings



  • 26 oz pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • Pepperoni to taste


  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 4 1/4 white bread flour
  • 1/1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted


  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 clove garlic


  • In a glass measuring cup, add the sugar, water, and yeast.
  • Allow to foam for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the butter and stir gently.
  • Place the flour and salt in a large bowl, whisk to combine and then add the yeast mixture.
  • Stir until the dough comes together then place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a towel to rise for 1-2 hours.
  • When you are ready to make the pizza preheat oven to 375*.
  • Brown the sausage in a skillet.
  • Add spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce and stir to combine.
  • In a 2 quart baking dish add the spaghetti sauce mixture. and top with cheese then the pepperoni.
  • On a flat, lightly floured surface roll dough out to the size a little bigger then the baking dish.
  • Put dough over the top of the sauce.
  • Roll dough edges under to seal the sauce in and make it look nice.
  • Melt butter and add crushed garlic.
  • Brush butter mixture on top of dough.
  • Add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning if you'd like.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Let stand 10 Minutes.


to reheat, place in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Upside Down Pizza Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 481
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 92.4mg31%
Carbohydrates 24.1g8%
Fiber 3.5g15%
Sugar 8.3g9%
Protein 18.7g37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Upside Down Pizza Casserole with pepperoni, homemade dough, sauce and melted cheese


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  • Hi! Thanks for the recipe, I love the idea of a pizza-flavored pot pie! I tried it tonight and had some issues with the recipe, though. I am not sure how it would be possible to mix this dough without a mixer – I certainly could not. I also found I needed a bit more water to make it come together. The problem could have been that I attempted to convert it to GF using a GF 1 to 1 flour (looking at other non-GF recipes, your ratio looks a touch light on liquid?). Finally, I used a 2 quart casserole dish that was 12×8″ and needed less than half of the dough I’d prepared. It took longer than stated to cook through even though I’d used much less dough than called for.

    That said, it tastes good. It was just much more difficult than I had hoped it would be. In the future, I’ll play with the concept but top with a simpler drop biscuit dough.

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    • Hi Joy! I’m sorry it ended up being more difficult that you were hoping. Converting bread flour to GF flour can be difficult. For the baking time, it shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes, but baking with GF flour does take longer than regular bread flour.

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  • “…the whole bready with ground beef thing…”- what does this mean?

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    • hahaha, I don’t know how that even got there! I think I must have pasted half of my text from the old post or something. Deleted!

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  • This is what I call comfort food!!!

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  • This is going to be a favorite for sure!

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    • I say the kids love it but I totally devour it too!

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  • This looks great! What are the dough directions if one does not have a bread machine?
    Thank you.

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    • Oh man, that darn post keeps reverting back to when I first typed it. Le me go fix the instructions again and please let me know if it reverts back again.

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      • Thank you!!!

  • my friend's mom use to make this and call it popover pizza, but it was with biscuits and didn't look nearly as good as yours 🙂

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  • Your upside down pizza looks like something my family would enjoy. We do enjoy a good homemade pizza night! Joni

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  • I love any type of pizza. I so going to try this out. It look awesome!

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  • I havn't had breakfast yet, this is killing me!

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