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Italian Bake

My son was coming home for supper and I thought he would like this dish. He loved it although he requested a tomato soup gravy to go with it. Add a salad and you have a wonderful meal.
This reminds me of shepherd's pie pizza style but with a puffy golden dough topping instead of mashed potatoes.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  1. Pulse dry ingredients in a food processor. With motor running add water and oil just until mixture forms a ball.
  2. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 10 turns.
  3. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, lean
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup green peppers, chopped, I used red, green, and orange for color
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups zesty spaghetti sauce or use your favorite tomato based sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cups pepperoni, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olives
  • 3 cups of shredded cheese, divided
  • 8 to 10 pepperoni slices for the top
  • Sprinkle of Italian Seasoning
  • Your choice of fresh chopped herbs
  1. Crumble ground beef into a frying pan, add garlic and seasonings. Stir until beef is browned.
  2. Add peppers, mushrooms and sauce.
  3. Stir in cornstarch, chopped pepperoni, olives, and 2 cups of cheese and cook for a few more minutes, until bubbly.
  4. Pour beef mixture into an 11" x 7" baking dish. (approximate size)
  5. Roll out dough to fit over the meat mixture.
  6. Bake in a 400ยบ oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Then sprinkle remaining cup of cheese on top and arrange pepperoni slices over the cheese. Sprinkle a little Italian seasoning over all and bake for another 10 minutes until cheese is melted and pepperoni slices turn up at the edges.
  8. If you desire sprinkle fresh chopped herbs on top it does make the dish look pretty.
  9. Place dish on cooling rack and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.
  10. Yield: 8 servings


  1. Great recipe...great picture....

  2. It looks interesting! Sounds good :)

  3. Wow this looks yummy! I'll be trying this soon.

  4. I have a similar recipe with the pepperoni underneath--we call it "upside down pizza".

  5. What is tomato soup gravy?

  6. Anonymous..tomato soup gravy is simply tomato soup added to a cream gravy or a white sauce.

  7. Looks so delicious. I make something similar without the dough. The pepperoni really adds a great kick to it.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  8. Hey sis,
    Pic looks great....will be trying this one!!!!

  9. What if you don't have a food processor, or kitchen aide? I'm a pretty basic kitchen gal.

  10. CindyMN..this dough is just as easily done by hand. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, add water and oil and mix with a spoon, fork or your hand until it comes together to form a ball, then proceed to step 2.

  11. I wonder...could thawed frozen bread dough be used here?

  12. Bookie..your texture might be a bit different but I'm sure it would work.

  13. My family devoured this for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing a keeper recipe!

  14. This was scrumptious! i got to taste test it!! :) Thanks Mom!

  15. Such a yummy dish! Made this for dinner this evening and everyone was thrilled! Thanks!

  16. The recipe calls for an 11*7 pan. Is that a loaf pan? Or would a 10*10 work OK? Sounds delicious.

  17. guess what...I googled some of these ingredients today and this came up...on GOOGLE. YAY! This will make a great dish to serve a group of hard working guys who will be cold, tired and hungry after working on our trail this week. I have a mixed bag of ingredients and was thinking of making sloppy joes or chili. But with the 'bread' topper I don't even need to bring buns.


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