Saucy pizza pie


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes8 servings
*PLUS Cooking time: 15 minutes, Baking Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

  • olive oil

  • 1 kg ground beef, or turkey

  • 227-g pkg sliced button mushrooms, about 4 cups

  • 700-mL jar tomato sauce

  • 4 cups grated mozzarella, or shredded Italian cheese blend

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

  • 283-g can refrigerated Pillsbury pizza crust, or 375 g store-bought pizza dough


  • Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Prepare onion, pepper and olives. Lightly coat a large wide saucepan with oil and set over medium-high heat. Crumble meat into pan. Using a fork, stir frequently to keep meat crumbly. Cook until no pink remains, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain off fat and liquid, then place meat in a bowl.

  • Add more oil to coat pan. Add mushrooms and stir often until brown around edges, 5 minutes. Add onion, pepper and olives. Stir often until onion starts to soften, 3 minutes. Return meat to pan. Stir in pasta sauce, 3 cups (750 mL) cheese and 2 tsp (10 mL) oregano. Stir often until hot, 3 minutes. Scrape into a 9x13-inch (3-L) baking dish. Smooth surface.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into 10x14-inch (25x35-cm) rectangle. If using store-bought dough, you will occasionally have to pick it up and stretch it into a rectangle as it tends to shrink when rolled. Place over filling. Press edges onto sides of dish. Lightly brush top with oil. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup (250 mL) cheese and 1 tsp (5 mL) oregano. Bake in centre of oven until golden and filling is bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving to allow filling to thicken a little.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 566, Protein 42g, Carbohydrates 30.5g, Fat 31.5g, Fibre 3.3g, Sodium 1296mg.

This cozy one-dish dinner is shepherd's pie-style but filled with pizza fixings - zesty sauce, hearty beef, green pepper, mushrooms and lots of cheese. It's topped with a pizza-dough crust, of course, instead of mashed potatoes.