Raise your hand if you've ever had Bubble Up Pizza. Me! Me!
Bubble Up Pizza is basically a baked casserole made with canned biscuits, pizza sauce, cheese and pizza toppings (most commonly, pepperoni). It was a dish I had as a kid. Because let's face it, any recipe with the word pizza in it, I was gonna eat. Well shoot, that probably still holds true. Unless anchovies are involved. I just can't get on board with anchovies.
So when I saw this recipe for Bubble Up Lasagna from the talented Steph at Plain Chicken, I knew I had to give it a try since I have good memories of the ole Bubble Up Pizza. And it didn't disappoint. I did change it up just slightly by switching out the cottage cheese for ricotta cheese and I added a touch more Parmesan cheese to the mix. It was a winner, winner lasagna dinner!
1 pound Italian sausage (or ground beef)*
1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce, divided use
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tube (12 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury Grands Jr. Biscuits
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
*So, let's take a minute to talk about a shortcut.
If you don't have time to (or just don't want to) cook Italian sausage for this, then there is now this product that has recently shown up in the grocery stores. It is pre-cooked sausage crumbles by Jimmy Dean. I am really enjoying these. They are great as pizza toppings, in omelets and quiches. It has lots of uses and it really saves a step in cooking! You will find it in the refrigerated section of your grocery store near the other sausage products. I would use about half this bag for this recipe.
Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine 1 cup of spaghetti sauce (set aside the rest for later use), Ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese. Note: The Ricotta cheese can be substituted with small curd cottage cheese.
Cut up biscuits into eighths. Now, you can just cut it up into fourths if you want bigger biscuit pieces. I just prefer mine in smaller, more bite size pieces. Because remember, these are gonna puff up during cooking.
Mix biscuits with cheese and sauce mixture. Stir well.
Spread into prepared pan.
Cook Italian sausage. Make sure you break it up as it cooks ensuring it gets browned and cooked thoroughly. Drain any excess grease.
Turn off heat. Pour in remainder spaghetti sauce and stir well.
Spread meat mixture on top of biscuit layer.
Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top.
This part is optional but I always like to sprinkle a bit of Parsley Flakes over the top of the cheese layer. It doesn't really add an additional flavor but it gives it a nice pop of green color. It really is just for looks but if you don't have it on hand, you can skip this step.
Bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, until biscuits are cooked through.
In my oven, it was closer to the 30 minute mark.
Serve with a crisp green salad. I also served with some steamed broccoli.
Want the Bubble Up Pizza recipe? Click HERE or the image below!