6 Hot and Hearty Deep Dish Dinners to Make Tonight

Nothing can fix a cold day better than a hot and hearty dinner dish. But if you’re getting sick of eating classic comfort foods — like soups and stews —  it may be time to take your evening meal to the next level. We are talking about deep-dish dinners, which consist of thick, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crusts, and extra layers of gratifying goodness. Tacos, sloppy joes, pizza, and potpies are a few of the delicious meals you can enjoy in deep-dish form. Thanks to these 6 recipes, supper has never tasted so satisfying.

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1. Deep-Dish Taco Squares

Betty Crocker delivers a deep-dish dinner that isn’t difficult to make. This dish calls for all of your typical taco ingredients, but also adds Bisquick into the mix, which creates a nice, thick crust. The recipe yields 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • ¼ cup chopped onion (1 small)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (from 1-ounce package)
  • 1 cup original Bisquick mix
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (¾ cup)
  • 1 can (4.5 ounce) chopped green chiles

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray. In an 8-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix until blended. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix and water until soft dough forms.

Using fingers dipped in Bisquick mix, pat dough in bottom and ½ inch up sides of baking dish. In the same bowl, mix sour cream, mayonnaise, and cheese until blended. Layer beef mixture, tomato, and chiles over dough; spoon sour cream mixture over top. Bake 25-30 minutes or until edges of dough are light golden brown.

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2. Simple Deep Dish Pizza

Minimalist Baker’s recipe highlights this pizza’s buttery, flaky crust by topping it with minimal ingredients. Within 45 minutes, you’ll have a healthy, vegetarian-friendly dish ready for dinner. If you want to make your pizza night even more memorable, we suggest also serving Damn Delicious’ Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pizza dough recipe (or 1 store-bought crust)
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mixed veggies of your choice (such as cherry tomatoes, eggplant, onion, green pepper, mushroom)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: Italian seasonings, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. If roasting veggies, preheat oven to broil, toss veggies in olive oil on a baking sheet, and broil for 4-6 minutes on the top rack, tossing once for even cooking. Remove from oven and set aside. Next, coat a cast iron or round baking dish with extra virgin olive oil and run a garlic clove around for seasoning. Put your dough down into the pan and push it up around the sides about 1-1.5 inches.

Let rest for a few minutes while preparing the rest of your toppings. First sprinkle in ½ of mozzarella cheese, then add veggies, then sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese, Italian seasonings, and grated Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese and sauce are bubbly. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting, then serve immediately.

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3. Deep Dish Sloppy Joe Casserole

Emily Bites’ recipe transforms sloppy joes into a saucy, meat-filled casserole that’s supported by a thick pizza crust. Consider this a quintessential dish for those biting cold days. It yields 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (11 ounce) can of refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • 1 cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese

Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly mist a 9-by-13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Bring a large saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Break the ground beef up with a spoon or spatula while cooking. Sprinkle with steak seasoning and continue to cook until beef is browned. Add the mushrooms, carrot, onion, garlic, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the brown sugar, cayenne pepper, tomato sauce, and tomato paste and stir together. Cover and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Unroll your pizza dough and lay it in your prepared baking dish. Push the dough down across the dish and up the sides. Pour the meat mixture from your skillet into the pizza dough. Place in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top. Place the casserole back in the oven and cook for 5 additional minutes or until cheese is melted and pizza crust is browned.

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4. Deep Dish Lasagna

Instead of adding crust to its lasagna, AllRecipe.com creates a deep-dish dinner by adding extra layers of lasagna noodles, sausage, zesty seasonings, tomato sauce, cheese, and veggies. It yields 12 servings. If you’re looking for a way to add another homemade touch to your evening meal, we suggest preparing Italian Food Forever’s Homemade Lasagna Noodles. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • ⅔ cup chopped onions
  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • ⅔ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 pound part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) package chopped spinach, thawed and squeeze dried
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain. In skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage with the onions, garlic, and ½ the parsley; drain excess fat. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, oregano, and basil; mix well. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes; stirring occasionally. In a bowl, combine remaining parsley and ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, eggs, garlic salt, and pepper; mix well.

Spread 2 cups sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Begin layering with 4 noodles, ½ cheese mix, ⅓ remaining sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella. Continue repeating layers; the last layer will be noodles, sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil; bake, uncovered, an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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5. Deep-Dish Chicken Potpie

Kraft’s recipe consists of a creamy vegetable and chicken mixture that’s surrounded by a crumbly crust. This deep-dish dinner only takes 20 minutes to prepare and yields 6 servings. If you aren’t a fan of store-bought crust, you can also prepare your own using Chow’s Easy Pie Crust Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup light Italian dressing
  • 4 ounces Neufchatel cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans), thawed, drained
  • 1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (½ of 14.1-ounce package)

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook chicken in dressing in large skillet on medium heat 2 minutes. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until melted. Stir in flour until blended. Add broth and vegetables; stir. Simmer 5 minutes. Pour into 10-inch deep-dish pie plate; cover with pie crust. Seal and flute edge. Cut slits in crust to permit steam to escape. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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6. Upside Down Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

If you can’t decide if you should have a deep dish pizza or a casserole for dinner, Deep South Dish offers a great solution: Upside Down Deep Dish Pizza Casserole. Not only does this rich recipe taste divine, but it also comes together quickly, making it a nice weeknight supper to serve your family.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • ½ cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • 2-3 ounces of pepperoni, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 (14 ounce) jar of pizza sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9-by-13 inch glass baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly on the bottom of the baking pan; set aside. Heat the ½ tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook the onion and bell pepper until soft, but not browned. Add the beef and cook until browned. Stir in the pepperoni and cook another 4 minutes; drain if needed. Stir in the pizza sauce and Italian seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and eggs. Add the flour and the salt to the milk mixture and whisk until well blended and smooth. Carefully transfer the meat mixture evenly over the layer of mozzarella in the prepared pan. Pour the batter on top of the meat mixture, making sure to cover completely. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly on top. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Casserole will deflate and resemble an upside down deep dish pizza.

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