Take-out Tuesday, Meaty Marinara Bubble Up


Whether your kids are starting back to school in person or virtually,

it is important that we get back on regular schedules

One of my grandsons is only attending school 2 days a week,

but the other days he has to check in by 8:00

to begin his school day from home



Today’s recipe is a perfect one for busy days,

It is a fabulous 4 ~

4 ingredients,

fast prep,

family friendly

fills hungry bellies!



Only 4 ingredients plus seasoning!



All you have to do is brown the meat,

add it to the sauce, simmer, add biscuits and bake!



I used a combination of ground chuck and breakfast sausage



Drain browned meat and return to sauce pan

Add marinara sauce and seasonings



Cover and simmer on very low heat for several hours to build flavor

Do this ahead of time and refrigerate sauce until needed if desired

Tranfer sauce into a 9″ x 13″ shallow baking dish

Bring to room temperature if cold



Quarter biscuits



Place biscuit pieces on top of sauce, spacing evenly

Gently press dough down into sauce



Sprinkle with Parmesan



Now, this is where the magic happens…

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes



The biscuits rise up and turn golden,

the sauce gets hot and bubbly,

the cheese melts …



And dinner is ready!

Serve it in a bowl with a fork and/or spoon



Dig in!


Meaty Marinara Bubble Up

fast, easy, family friendly!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • sauce pan
  • baking dish


  • 6 cups Marinara sauce bottled or homemade
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef I use ground chuck
  • 1/3 lb. ground breakfast or Italian sausage
  • 1 can 10 count, refrigerated biscuits Pillsbury
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning or to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Brown meat in a heavy deep sauce pan
  • Drain well and return to pan
  • Add marinara sauce and seasonings, stir well and cover.
  • Simmer on very low heat for 1-2 hours
  • Place sauce into a 9" x 13" baking dish
  • Cut biscuit dough into 1/4s
  • Place biscuit pieces evenly on top of sauce, leaving space between dough, and press down slightly into sauce
  • Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until heated through and dough is golden
  • Serve in shallow bowls with a fork and/or spoon


You can make this bubble up without the meat if you prefer or use all ground beef or all sausage. 
You can make the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate.  Bring to room temperature and then add biscuit pieces right before baking.
Add sauteed onions, and/or mushrooms to the sauce if desired
If you want a higher bread to sauce ratio, add an additional small can {4 or 5} of biscuit quarters and place them closer together
Garnish with fresh basil leaves to dress it up and serve with addtional freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Keyword 4 ingredients, comfort food, fast and easy





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31 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Meaty Marinara Bubble Up”
  1. Mary says:

    Looks delicious and so easy too Jenna! Love your MKC Fergal the frog and frog students! ♥

  2. Nice and easy:@) I wish ~life~ would get back to normal routines…

  3. lulu says:

    How easy is this! On my trip to the grocery I will be getting some biscuits so this can be on the table with salad tonight.

  4. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, love your Fergal Frog, handsome fellow! I love one one dish meals and this one sounds delicious. I’ll keep this for a busy fall day of working outside…………

  5. Ricki Treleaven says:

    This is a great idea! School starts in Hoover on Thursday, I think. It will be so strange to see and hear the school buses again. I don’t think I will be able to handle little kids wearing masks, though. I hope they don’t make the children wear them.

  6. This looks like a fun take on pasta without the pasta. Sounds very good and easy!

  7. Jenna, I am going to share this recipe with my daughter-in-love….we all would love this! I love’s Rao’s, I think they are the best bottled sauces that I have found! Happy Tuesday!

  8. Wow Jenna, what a great dish and just a few ingredients. Rao’s sauce is divine. Love your frogs…LOL

  9. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com says:

    Just pinned this great recipe! Will be sharing with my three daughters. Love it that it’s just a few ingredients but yet looks very filling. Thanks again Jenna for another great recipe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Rita C. says:

    This sounds absolute great to me – sort of like a sloppy pizza bread. I even thought since it’s kid-approved that Mr P would like it! I’ll have to try it and see. Your artistry is adorable. I saw your comment on satisfying your urge to buy him…..lol, until maybe he goes on sale?

    • This is such an easy meal to throw together, and I think Mr. P would like it! My son, the foodie chef, wasn’t too impressed, but his boys each had seconds! Yes maybe Fergal will go on sale this winter!

  11. lghiggins says:

    Sounds delicious and easy. I hope your grandchildren have positive experiences this school year!

  12. Nancy says:

    Perfect for a busy day! Love the frog and frog students!
    Prayers for ALL who return back to school… what crazy times!

  13. Joanne says:

    I love quick and easy meals like this! Pinned.

  14. carolyn clifton says:

    I really wanted to subscribe to your blog by email. But it says you have opted out of subscription e-mails! What? Help!!

    • hi Carolyn, I’ve been in touch with WordPress, my site server, and they said it’s due to settings on your WordPress.com account associated with that email address. You have opted out of emails from all WordPress.com sites, not just mine in particular.
      So you would need to re-enable that in your WordPress.com account, they said you can reach out to wordpress for help with that if needed.
      Sorry for the inconvenience, I would love to have you follow along! Thank so much!

  15. Miz Helen says:

    I am going crazy over your Fergal Frog and Students, so special! Your Meaty Marinara-Bubble Up will be perfect for one of those school night family meal. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. This looks like is filling and delicious and would be a real kid pleaser!

  17. Kitty says:

    Oh yummy, Jenna, and so easy! I’m going to share this with my daughter, too, as I think her family would love this.

  18. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations! Your awesome post is featured on our Top Ten at Full Plate Thursday, 499! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you come back soon!

    Miz Helen

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