Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole

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Primal  Pizza Pie Layer Casserole, primal and low carb with paleo option. beautyandthefoodie.com

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole, primal and low carb with paleo option. beautyandthefoodie.com

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole is a grain free, low carb, and family friendly casserole. We love this pizza casserole at my house. Even the kids love it. The veggies are hidden, and you really can’t taste them.  My daughter did notice the green specks of zucchini in the crust, but thought it was herbs. If you leave out the cheese, then this casserole becomes paleo friendly too. Makes great leftovers too, and can be made in advance and reheated. Finally, something grain free and low carb that I could bring to a potluck. When making this, I was going to drain the meat completely, but was too lazy to transfer from the pan, so I just poured a little off into a metal bowl.  I was also going to strain and squeeze the ground zucchini, but also felt that was too many steps so, I just dumped it in as is. I put a little more coconut flour then I had originally planned on to absorb the zucchini moisture. Yay, it worked, I get to skip another step.  What is your favorite kitchen short cut?

Ground beef and sauce  on bottom layer.

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole layer 1

 

Spread veggie crust layer over the top of meat layer.

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole layer 2

 

Smooth out crust layer with back of spoon or spatula (I was too lazy to get a spatula).

Primal Pizza pie Layer Casserole  layer 2a

 

Place pepperoni on top of crust layer.

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole layer 3

 

Sprinkle with the cheese.

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole layer 4

 

Bake 30 minutes and enjoy the pizza goodness~

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole photo 1

 

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RECIPE AND DIRECTIONS BELOW:

Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole
5.0 from 3 reviews
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Recipe type: Primal, low carb, paleo options, grain free, gluten free
Cuisine: Casserole
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Serves: 5
A grain free, ooey, gooey, pizza layer casserole!
Ingredients
  • Meat and Sauce Layer:
  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and lightly drained.
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) organic tomato sauce, make sure tomatoes are the only ingredient.
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasonings.
  • ½ tsp garlic powder.
  • ¼ tsp sea salt.
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • Veggie Crust Layer:
  • ½ medium, raw zucchini, grated or ground.
  • 1 cup raw cauliflower, grated or ground.
  • 2 garlic cloves.
  • 2 eggs, beaten.
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour.
  • ¼ cup grated mozzarella cheese or cheese of choice * can omit for paleo.
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted or coconut oil, melted.
  • ¼ tsp sea salt.
  • Topping Layer:
  • 16 slices of pepperoni or salami.
  • ½ cup grated cheese of choice, I used mozzarella * can omit for paleo.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F, and lightly grease a 9 inch casserole dish.
  2. Using a large fry pan, brown ground beef. Lightly drain some excess grease.
  3. Add to ground beef in pan: tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, oregano, and sea salt. Stir and heat over medium high heat until bubbling. Turn heat to low and cover. Simmer for 6 minutes.
  4. In food processor add: zucchini, cauliflower, and garlic cloves. Process until veggies look like rice granules, or can grate them with grater or ricer.
  5. In large mixing bowl combine: ground zucchini cauliflower garlic, 2 eggs, 3 tbsp coconut flour, ¼ cup grated cheese, 1 tbsp melted butter or coconut oil, and ¼ tsp sea salt. Mix together until a paste like dough forms, and make sure to break up any coconut flour clumps. Set aside.
  6. Stir simmering ground beef, and remove from heat. Spoon ground beef into casserole dish and spread across bottom of dish.
  7. Take veggie crust dough and spoon on top of meat layer in dish. With the back of large spoon or spatula, spread dough evenly across the top of meat layer and smooth.
  8. Place pepperoni slices on top of veggie crust. Sprinkle grated cheese on top of pepperoni and crust layer.
  9. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until top of casserole is browning and crust is done.
  10. Remove, cool, serve and enjoy :)
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 297 Fat: 20 g Carbohydrates: 5.7 / Net Carbs: 3.5 g Sugar: 2 g Fiber: 2.2 g Protein: 23 g
Notes
Nutritional data includes all toppings and cheese.

* nutritional data is an estimate based on the products I used*

Comments

  1. Mama Owl says

    Oh my! I have not made this yet, but am in the middle of making the menu for next week and ran across this on pinterest. We used to make something called crockpot pizza before going LC, but it used pasta. DD was just talking about it the other day – how it’s one of the things she misses. This just might fit the bill! Can’t wait to try it!

    • says

      Mama Owl, I hope your family loves it as much as mine does. Hmmm, you know this probably could be made in a crock pot. I will have to give that a go sometime. Thank you!
      ~ Stacey

  2. Callie says

    Could I prep this ahead of time and bake later? I want to make this tonight, but I’m signed up for a barre class from 5:30 till 6:30, and don’t want to delay dinner too long when I get home. Thanks!

  3. Hilda Fields says

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious. I added finely chopped red bell pepper and chopped spinach leaves just before the pepperoni. I was curious about whether I cooked it long enough because I wasn’t sure what the crust was supposed to be like. Mine was almost like a somewhat crumbly cornbread (in texture not taste). Should I have cooked it longer. Both my husband and I thought it was a great dish to add to our menu.

    • says

      Hilda, you did it right, the crust layer is supposed to be more like bread texture than pizza crust. It is a bit like corn bread texture.
      Sincerely,
      Stacey

    • Hilda Fields says

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. We finished off the leftovers tonight and it was equally delicious. I am trying to make at least 3 new low carb recipes a week. I am enjoying the experimenting.

    • says

      Danielle, I hope they love it. If they are squimish about the green, could always leave out zucchini and replace with more of
      the ground cauliflower.
      ~Stacey

  4. Carrie says

    This was AWESOME! My husband who does not like cauliflower LOVED it! This recipe will be a regular in our home. The kids said they would like me to make it every week :-).

    • says

      Carrie, thank you for the great feedback! My hubby hates cauliflower too and so do my kids. So I sneak it in where I can. Happy that your family tried it and enjoyed it!
      Sincerely,
      Stacey

    • says

      Ally, Thank you so much. I know people can be allergic to anything, but you are the first cauliflower allergy person I’ve heard from. You can just replace the cauliflower with more grated zucchini (double the grated or ground zucchini) and omit the cauliflower. I think my husband wishes he was allergic to cauliflower so I would stop sneaking it into his food.
      Sincerely,
      Stacey

  5. Sarah says

    This was great! We are big veggie eaters, but my husband usually shies away from this sort of thing. He wasn’t home when I prepared it, so I’m pretty sure he thought the zucchini/cauliflower layer was ricotta cheese or something. He had two helpings and is taking some for lunch tomorrow! I don’t think I’m ready to tell him what that layer actually was, though. Lol. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • says

      Sarah, thank you and great job being sneaky, lol. Sometimes husbands are more picky than the kids. I don’t always tell my husband until he has eaten it a couple times. That way he won’t suddenly change his mind just to prove to me he doesn’t like cauliflower.
      Sincerely,
      Stacey

  6. says

    Thank you for the inspirational recipe! I made this last night and added broccoli to the crust, and hot sauce to the meat mixture. It was fantastic! I love all of your recipes!

  7. says

    I am speechless. Beyond speechless. This looks PHENOMENAL! I cannot wait to make this, and I am making it. Not just saying I will! But I am going to wait until I visit home because I KNOW my mother would really appreciate this recipe too. Pinning it NOW! :)

    • Stacey says

      GiGi, thank you so much for your kindness and enthusiasm! I love your website and YouTube channel. You are smart, beautiful, really funny, and completely adorable. I think it is the first show I’ve subscribed to on You Tube. Very Entertaining!
      Sincerely,
      Stacey

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  1. [...] 60. Primal Pizza Pie Layered Casserole When it comes to pizza on Paleo, you have a few different options. You can use one of these Paleo friendly pizza recipes, or you can make something like this pizza pie casserole. It has all the flavors that you want from a pizza, but without the crust that usually gets a Paleo eater into trouble. The bottom layer is made up entirely of ground beef, and then they put a vegetable crust over the top of the meat layer, making it a balanced Paleo meal by giving you your vegetables. The cheese on the top is optional, so use your best judgment on this and opt out of it if you know you can’t handle cheese. [...]

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