Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Fast and Easy Dinner

I am always looking for fast and easy dinner recipes to make during the week. With my husband's job I never know when he will be home from work. I don't mind making things ahead of time so Jacob and I could eat dinner but sometimes I like to make it "fresh" for Mike.

I was hanging out with my neighbor Kathy and she has a book with recipes that are 5 ingredients in 20 minutes or less (not sure of what the exact title of the book is). I found 2 recipes that caught my eye in the short time I looked at the book. The below recipe is one of them which I made Monday night for dinner.

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

1lb ground beef
1 can (10oz) refrigerator pizza crust
1 can (15oz) of chunky tomato sauce
6 slices (1 oz) mozzarella
Toppings (optional)

Cook meat over medium high heat until brown. Drain if necessary and return to skillet. Add sauce and cook until heated.

While meat cooks, coat a 13x9x2 dish with cooking spray. Unroll crust and press into bottom of pan and halfway up sides of dish.

Line crust with 3 slices of cheese and top with meat sauce. Bake at 425 for 12 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 5 minutes. Let cook for 5 minutes and serve.

Review: This is the perfect recipe for me during the week. It is fast and really doesn't' that that much time to prep or cook. I couldn't find the chunky sauce in the can that the recipe called for but you can really use your favorite sauce. I also had an 8 oz package of cheese in the house already and just used the amount I thought was enough. Mike likes a lot of sauce and we both love our cheese. I would definitely make this recipe again for a quick weekday meal. I thought of making a Mexican version with using the taco season while cooking the meat....add a little salsa to the meat...and then using either cheddar or Monterrey jack cheese.

1 comment:

Deborah said...

I'm also always looking for quick weeknight meals. This sounds very good and very versatile - you could get crazy with the toppings!


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