Roni’s Redo: Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole

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You may have noticed some changes around here. Check out my edited All Recipes By Photo page, my new Weight Watchers page and changed layouts for the categories like our video posts. In honor of my recent housecleaning, I’m also adding a new section, Roni’s Redos. This category will be specifically reserved for my healthy spin on your recipes and I’m starting with an email Amy sent me a few months ago…

How would you make this recipe healthier?  It is a favorite in my family.  The biggest problem is that I cannot actually add any of the veggies I have listed because of people not eating certain ones.  We love pizza and this hotdish is fantastic but deadly to our health. Ideas?

  • 2 rolls crescent rolls
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 pound lean hamburger
  • 1/2 pound spicy italian sausage
  • pepperoni
  • Shredded Mozzarella and Chedder cheese
  • 2 cans black olives
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper

Fry the hamburger and sausage together to mingle the flavors and add any spices you want for flavor. Add in the following layers:  layer of crescent rolls, pepperoni, cheese, 1/2 pizza sauce, hamburger/sausage mix, veggies, remaining pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, layer of crescent rolls, cheese on top.

I have to be honest. When I originally read her email I was in LOVE. This is my kind of meal. It’s PIZZA! Only my absolute favorite food on the planet! I had so much fun making this tonight and my family LOVED It. The Little Guy devoured it and so did I. The husband was his usual un-enthused self. I told you, he only gets really excited about food when you shove a can up a birds a$$. ;)

Here’s what I did. I’ll give you some of my thought process as I share the recipe.Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole

  • 1 small onion chopped small
  • 8 oz (1/2 lb) lean ground beef (95%)
  • 2 hot Italian sausage links (preferably turkey but I didn’t have any)
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped small
  • 8 oz mushrooms chopped small
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped small
  • 2 Reduced Fat Packages of Crescent Rolls
  • 2 oz Turkey Pepperoni slices (60g)
  • 4 oz fancy shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz fancy shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 16 oz of your favorite pizza/red sauce
  • garlic powder
  • dried parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Remove the casing from the sausage and brown with the ground beef and onion.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - the sausage

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - the meats

For the meats I used half the amount of beef and sausage because will knew I’d be bulking up the filling with all the veggies. Diced small they mix right in and add not only nutrients to the dish but flavor! I skipped the olives but added zucchini as it’s pretty much flavorless and will soak up all the yummy goodness from everything else.

Chop the zucchini, mushrooms and bell pepper and add it to the browning meats.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - add the vegetables

While the meats and veggies are cooking spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick spray. Spread 1 of the packages of crescent rolls on the bottoms sealing the seems and pushing to the edges and corners.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - before baking

Bake for about 10 minutes until just browning.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - bottom layer

Top the cooked crescent roll with a layer of turkey pepperoni, 2 oz of mozzarella and 2 oz of mexican cheese blend.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - cheese and pepperoni

Layer in the cooked meat/veggie mixture and top with the remaining pepperoni.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - add the meat

Pour on the sauce and spread around. I only used a small, 16 oz jar, knowing the addition of veggies will add even more liquid to the dish once baked. Top with the remaining cheese.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - sause and more cheese

Lay the remaining crescent dough on top pressing down firmly and spreading to the edges again. I sprinkled with a bit of garlic powder and dried parsley instead of adding additional cheese.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - top layer

Bake for about 30 minutes until the top crescent starts to brown.

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - finished baking

Remove from the oven and let cook for 5 minutes to help it set. Then cut a piece and marvel at the wonder…

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - slice

Isn’t it beautiful?! And oh.. the SMELL.. just glorious! :)

As you can see, the casserole held together wonderfully. Here it is minus our 3 pieces…

Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole - leftovers

I don’t feel comfortable doing a side by side nutritional information comparison since Amy didn’t have measurements for things like the cheese and pepperoni. Even if I use the same amounts I did for them I’m getting almost a 200 calorie savings! Regardless this version is only 9 points for a nice size slice. Totally worth it in my opinion!

Thanks Amy! This was fun. If you have a recipe you want me to redo let me know by filling out the form!

Any other suggestions for Amy? What would you add to your families Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole?

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 1/8th of the recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
405 19g 2g old: 9 new: 11
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
11g 8g 36g 26g
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55 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Jacquelyn wade

    THIS LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE GREAT WHEN I TRY IT SOON. IS IT EVER POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO INCLUDE THE SODIUM COUNTS AS THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. I REALLY ENJOY ALL YOUR EFFORT.

    1. roni

      Hi Jacquelyn!

      I’m glad you like the site! Unfortunately I don’t feel comfortable adding sodium because I don’t usually measure salt. It’s a pinch here and a pinch there. I hope you understand.

      -Roni

  2. GAIL

    Hi Roni, my suggestion for making this recipe a little lighter would be to use the Kraft grated cheese that you can get in lighter versions, in a variety of flavours. That would cut a lot of fat out in addition to what you already have with your revised recipe.

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