Bubble Up Pizza

Looking for a delicious, make ahead meal? This Sausage Pizza Bake inspired by Pillsbury Bubble Up Pizza is the answer to your busy weeknight schedule!

Serving plate with big scoop of sausage pizza casserole.

Sausage Pizza Casserole

I don’t know about you, but dinner time can be crazy during the week at our house. Add in the hectic holidays and getting a delicious dinner on the table can be cumbersome.

Enter: Easy Bubble Up Pizza.

Make it in the morning, cover with foil, and refrigerate until dinner. Bake as directed and enjoy this easy pizza!

If you’ve ever had Pillsbury Bubble Up Pizza (or bubble bake) this cheesy pizza casserole tastes similar! You get puffy pieces of dough layered with cheese, sauce and sausage

Eating this also reminds me of a deep dish Chicago style pizza! And as a Chicago native…I love me some deep dish pizza!

The convenience of having this made ahead of time in my refrigerator was awesome! Perfect not only for our crazy weeknights, but also on the weekend after a full day of Christmas shopping.

Ingredient Notes


The way I see it a quick and easy meal needs a short and sweet ingredients list. This recipe starts with a box of original Bisquick to form the dough. You can swap this for any other plain biscuit mix too!

Italian Sausage.

Italian Sausage gets my vote for best sausage to use in this recipe! It’s already full of flavor so it needs no extra seasonings, and I almost always have some on hand for fast dinners.

Make it Meatless.

You can easily make the bubble up pizza vegetarian, too! Leave out the meat entirely or replace it with a meatless sausage substitute or vegetables. Think peppers, mushrooms, olives or whatever chopped veggies you usually enjoy on your vegetarian pizza.

Sauce and Seasonings.

A jar of spaghetti sauce (store bought or homemade) and lots of shredded mozzarella cheese complete the pizza make! For seasoning, I just use dried Italian Seasoning and garlic powder. This is a weeknight meal so I kept it as convenient to make as possible!

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to assemble bubble up pizza casserole in a 13x9 dish.

STEP 1. Cook the sausage

Brown Italian sausage over medium high heat, using a wooden spoon to crumble it while it cooks. Drain the grease and set sausage aside.

STEP 2. Make the dough

Mix Bisquick with water, melted butter and garlic powder in a bowl to form a dough, then divide in half.

STEP 2. Assemble

Drop half the dough by the tablespoon onto the bottom of a glass baking dish. Top with half of the sauce, sausage and cheese. Add the rest of the dough by the spoonful to the top and add the remaining half of other ingredients. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the whole thing.Tse. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

STEP 3. Cover and bake

Cover dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 minutes, until bubbly and browned. Serve and enjoy!

Scoop of pizza casserole being lifted out of the baking dish.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use instead of Biscuick?

Refrigerated biscuit dough works great in place of the bisquick baking mix.

What toppings go on Bubble up pizza?

Whatever you enjoy on pizza, put it on your casserole. Sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and all your favorite veggies!

How do I store leftover sausage pizza casserole?

Store leftovers in airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the pan. Keep cold for up to 3 days, microwave to remelt the cheese and heat before eating.

Can Bubble Up pizza be made in advance?

Keep the unbaked pizza covered in the pan in the fridge until ready to bake! You can assemble this in the morning and have it ready to toss in the oven as soon as you get home in the evening.

Serving Suggestions

When you only have time to make ONE thing for dinner, Bubble Up Pizza is a great solution. It’s a whole meal all in one pan.

I love to serve this with something fresh on the side like this Easy Italian Salad or Cucumber Tomato Salad. While I definitely make this for family dinners most often, Sausage Pizza Bake makes a perfect potluck food and party food too.

Sausage Pizza Bake: this easy, delicious make ahead meal is perfect for the hectic weeknight dinner schedule! #getyourbettyon

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Yield: 8 servings

Bubble Up Pizza

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Looking for a delicious, make ahead meal? This Sausage Pizza Bake inspired by Pillsbury Bubble Up Pizza is the answer to your busy weeknight schedule!


  • 4 cup original Bisquick mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage, bulk (no casings)
  • 1 jar (32 oz) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  2. Brown Italian sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Use a wooden spoon to crumble as it cooks. Drain off fat and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine Bisquick, water, melted butter and garlic powder. Mix until fully combined into a dough. Divide dough in half.
  4. In a glass 13x9 baking dish, using half of the dough, drop by tablespoon into bottom of the dish. Top with half the jar of sauce and half of the browned Italian Sausage. Add half the shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  5. Cover dish with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. Or keep covered and bake immediately for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 minutes, until bubbly and browned. Serve and enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 585Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1441mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 22g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on November 6, 2014