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Italian Crescent Casserole

This crescent casserole recipe is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight!

By: Laura from
Italian Crescent Casserole
Italian Crescent Casserole
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This Italian Crescent Casserole is a great ground beef casserole recipe and it is very easy to make. There are only five ingredients and six steps - can you believe that! A Pillsbury Crescent Roll crust covers the bottom and is folded over the filling, which contains ground beef, garlic pasta sauce, and cheese. It really is so simple and only needs to bake for 20 minutes. You'll have dinner on the table in no time.

This ground beef casserole would also be a quick, easy, and delicious dish to pass at a potluck. Everyone is sure to gobble up their helping of Italian Crescent Casserole, and this is guaranteed to be one of the best crescent roll casseroles you ever make.

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Cooking Time20 min

Cooking MethodBaking, Oven

Cooking Vessel Size9-inch pie plate



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Refrigerated crescent rolls were invented by Pillsbury in 1965. They get their name from their French counterpart, the croissant, which is a similarly shaped pastry. In fact, “crescent” is the literal translation of the French word “croissant”.

To promote the launch of crescent rolls, the company debuted the Pillsbury Doughboy, also known as Poppin’ Fresh, in 1965. The first commercial featuring the Pillsbury Doughboy was made using stop-action claymation. The clay model that was used in the commercial cost $16,000 to create! The new mascot became so popular that a 7-inch Pillsbury Doughboy doll was released 1972.

Crescent rolls come in over 8 different varieties, including seamless dough sheets, and are a very popular ingredient in casserole recipes.

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This looks amazing! Crescent rolls are so fun to cook with and this would be a fun alternative to ordering pizza.

This looks really good. Hard to resist a dish with crescent rolls.

What a fun way to use crescent rolls, I love the display. This would make a fun potluck recipe!

You wouldn't happen to have a video of this recipe, would you? I don't understand the dough in the pan. You talk about the tips being over the edge of the pan, but then you say to fold the tips over. Say what? I can't visualize.

Hi blondisb, unfortunately we don't have a video for this recipe. The dough triangles are placed in the pan in a sunburst pattern (with the tips hanging over the edge of the pan). Once the filling is added, the tips are folded over the filling and the tips meet in the middle. Our Test Kitchen recipe http// == eroles-Recipes/Chicken-Alfredo-Crescent-Casserole uses crescent rolls in a similar way, so hopefully that description will help as well! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes

this is much tastier if you use jimmy dean sausage (regular) in place of the ground meat.

I made this last week, just ate the last leftover piece for lunch! It's very good, reheats well too. My husband thought it needed a bit more zip, maybe some sausage or pepperoni, but it's a good go to recipe for a quick comfort food fix.


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