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Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef

Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef
Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef
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This budget-friendly recipe for Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef is perfect for your weeknight dinner rotation. This easy casserole recipe comes together quickly and only requires a few simple ingredients.

The base of this ground beef casserole recipe is made from a combination of browned ground beef and tomato sauce. A creamy combination of sour cream and mozzarella cheese helps to make this Italian crescent casserole extra rich and satisfying. Store-bought crescent rolls are folded over the top of the casserole to give it a buttery crust.

This recipe technically calls for six ingredients, but if you wanted to make this ground beef casserole into a true 5-ingredients-or-less recipe, you could simply buy a can of tomato sauce with garlic and Italian seasonings and skip the dried basil. Once you realize how simple it is to make Italian Crescent Casserole with Ground Beef, you will want to make it every week.


Cooking Vessel Size9-inch pie pan



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 (8-ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a skillet, cook the ground beef until brown and thoroughly cooked. Drain, add pasta sauce, and heat through.

  3. Meanwhile, separate crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Place the dough in an ungreased 9-inch pie dish with narrow tips overlapping the rim of the dish. Mix sour cream and 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese together.

  4. Spread ground beef mixture onto prepared crescent roll dough, then top with sour cream mixture. Fold crescent roll dough over so the tips are in the center of the dish, try not to overlap. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cups cheese and dried basil.

  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Video: How to Brown Ground Beef

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