Monday, September 16, 2013

Bubble Up Lasagna


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!
Ingredients:
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
 *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.
Directions:
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.
 Enjoy!

Want the Bubble Up Pizza recipe? Click HERE or the image below!

39 comments:

Stephanie Parker said...

I LOVED this recipe. SO glad to hear you did too! I'll have to try it with ricotta next time.

Leslie said...

I've never heard of bubble up food, but this looks easy and good!!! I like the changes you made, too. I need to make this for the family soon:)
Blessings,
Leslie

debcom said...

we don;t have plain Grand biscuits in Canada, only cinnamon ones...could regular biscuits work too?

Brandie S. said...

Your favorite, regular-sized canned biscuits will work for this. Just make sure you don't get the jumbo kind. If you do, you'll be doing a lot of cutting to get them small enough :)

Brandie S. said...

LOVED it! Thanks so much for the great inspiration. It is a perfect family-friendly meal :)

Brandie S. said...

Leslie, it is a fun food I think that was invented in the 80's. I can't say for sure but that's when I started eating it. :) There are lots of Bubble Up casserole variations. Once you start, it's a lot of fun to come up with new ways to make it!

Anonymous said...

Can you make this the night before? I was just curious if the biscuits would get too soggy?

Anonymous said...

I wanted to kow if this recipe would work with regulr bread dough...either frozen or homemade. I love the idea od this dish but no one in my family is very fond of biscuits.

Jemma said...

Would you believe my youngest daughter and I were just talking about where we would find a recipe similar to this that her husband would like and here it is!
I'm pinning it now and letting her know!
Warm Hugs,
Jemma

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

I would have never thought about using biscuits, definitely trying this idea next time!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the calories in this yummy sounding dish?

taco3bumper said...

This is another winning recipe! I enjoy your blog. I am going to begin a blog and I've been looking at things I like about different blogs. Yours wins on the ease of pinning to Pinterest and also for the ease of printing out a recipe if you want to keep it. Plus, I can't leave out that I enjoy your Southern demeanor and very interesting recipes! You can guess, I'm a really big fan! Thanks.

Mandy Rivers - South Your Mouth said...

I can't WAIT to make this!!! Well done, hooker! Well done!

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Looks interesting, I'll try this recipe soon :)

Brandie S. said...

Thanks so very much! That means a lot! Best of luck with your blog! :)

Brandie S. said...

I know some folks use online calculators to figure out calories, etc. You just type in the list of ingredients and it figures it out for you. If you Google it, a few should pop up for you.

Brandie S. said...

Love it Jemma! That is so funny! Hope y'all love this one!

Brandie S. said...

I'm sorry, I have only tried it with biscuits so I can't say.

Brandie S. said...

I don't think the biscuits would get soggy but biscuits (if left out too long) will lose that rising power if left out too long so they may not puff up as well since they've been out of the can too long.

Anonymous said...

I am in canada too.I use the country style biscuits... seems about the same actually!!

Anonymous said...

I don't see how much mozzarella cheese to use, guessing 1 or 2 cups?

Brandie S. said...

Ya know, that sure would have been nice if I had mentioned how much, huh? Can't believe I didn't put that on there. Thank you so much for catching it! It is one bag (2 cups) mozzarella.

Gena said...

Made this for dinner last night and it was so easy and delicious - a fast comfort food! Use a pizza cutter to slice up the biscuits.

Brandie S. said...

Great tip about the pizza cutter! So happy it turned out yummy for you!

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight and it turned out great! My son told me "dad, this is epic!" and had a second helping which says it all.

Trina said...

Thank you so much for taking all the time to show step-by-step pictures! I've checked out many of your recipes and they all look so good! Can't wait to try some!

Laura said...

I made this tonight at the insistence of my (PICKY) 9 year old, and it turned out amazing!! I used cottage cheese (lowfat, Mayfield's brand) instead of the ricotta, regular hamburger meat, and forgot that I had grated parmesan in my fridge rather than shredded, so I reduced that to 1 cup. Even my 3 year old couldn't get enough of it! I added up the ingredients and calculated that it's only 350 calories/serving the way I did it, slicing it into 12 GENEROUS servings. Yay & yum! Thanks!!

Lady Marmal said...

Hi. In Australia we don't have biscuits and I don't know what they are. Are they what we call scones? Cos Im really good at making those!

Starla Jones said...

This looks really good and easy to make. With my work schedule this will be perfect.

Anonymous said...

Here in South Africa we don't have plain Grand biscuits - what else can I use?

amy edwardsen said...

Made this for my picky toddler and she LOVED it, I also made the cheesy chicken gator toat in the slow cooler the other day she liked that too..thanks for all the recipes

Janice (Behne) Parada said...

The scones will work just fine!

Anonymous said...

This sounds good, but Im going to try it with cooked chunks of chicken and a curry sauce and see how it is and instead of a packaged biscuit I will do bread dough, what do I have to lose !! right

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous - did you ever end up making this the night before? Thinking about doing that tonight for my hubs to pop in the oven tomorrow while I am at a meeting.

Angie Rogers said...

I am new to Pinterest and some of it seems overwhelming, but I love your simplistic style and easy to follow directions. These days no one has time for complicated recipes and ingredients that are hard to find. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this and keep it up. I made the Creamy Chicken Enchiladas and they were a hit at my house. Now if I can figure out how to pin/save stuff.

Valencia Gaines said...

Sounds good! I have a big family, what about adding ground turkey instead of Italian sausage just to make a bigger pan? Love all your recipes. Inspired me to bake and cook more. :)

Anonymous said...

I made this last night, and it was DELICIOUS! Thank you for posting all of these wonderful recipes, I just want to try everything.

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight for supper, it was excellent, since I am in Canada and the biscuits come 8 in pack I wasn't sure how many to use so I used them all and since this is the first time for me not sure if I had too many, how many are in the Grands Jr. in the US., anyone know? Hubby loved it, had 2 helpings, will be looking for more of your recipes, thanks.

Brooke F. said...

Could I make this in the morning and just throw it in the fridge until it was ready to bake? I do that with my normal lasagna recipe but I wasn't sure with this because of the biscuits. I don't want to make them soggy or something. Thanks! I love your blog btw, I have made many yummy things from it!