Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie

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Michaela Boers

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@MichaelaRBoers

My family loves this. It's a great alternative to "pasta." Sometimes you just don't want the same ole pasta recipe!

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We love that this easy dinner recipe had so much flavor. It reminded us of an upside down pizza. The cheese layer seriously adds so much cheesiness to the recipe. Crescent dough, brushed with garlic butter and fresh Parmesan cheese, is an excellent topping. We were a little concerned when we opened the oven that we overcooked this. The butter really browns the top, so don't be concerned. It was perfect. A great recipe to whip-up after a busy day of work. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8-10
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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MEAT MIXTURE

2 lb
lean ground beef
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, finely chopped
1 jar(s)
spaghetti sauce (I like Hunt's Zesty & Spicy), 24 oz.

CHEESE LAYER

1 c
ricotta cheese
2 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/2 c
cheddar cheese, shredded

TOPPING

2 can(s)
refrigerated crescent rolls
3 Tbsp
butter
1 clove
garlic, finely chopped
1/2 c
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

How to Make Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 375.
  • 2In a large skillet, add ground beef, chopped onion and 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped. Brown ground beef on medium heat. Drain grease. Return browned ground beef to large skillet.
  • 3Add jar of spaghetti sauce, stir well.
  • 4Simmer on low for 2-3 minutes.
  • 5Grease a 13x9 pan, add ground beef and spaghetti sauce mixture to bottom of pan. Spread evenly.
  • 6In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, and grated Parmesan. Mix well.
  • 7Spread evenly on top of ground beef mixture.
  • 8Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  • 9Align evenly 1.5 - 2 cans of crescent rolls (depending on your preference) on top of cheese mixture. Crescent triangles will rise evenly to create a crust on top while baking.
  • 10In a small saucepan, melt butter and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • 11Brush butter and garlic mixture on top of crescent rolls.
  • 12Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 13Bake uncovered in oven for 35 minutes at 375 degrees, until crust is golden brown.
  • 14Let stand for 10 minutes to cool. Serve and enjoy!

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About Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie

Course/Dish: Beef, Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Back-to-School




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