When Mike and I met he told me his favorite food in the whole world was pizza. I laughed, thinking I like pizza too… but I vastly underestimated just how much he loved it. It seemed like every time I asked what he wanted to eat – the answer was always pizza. When we decided to start eating healthier I knew the only way I could get him on board was to still let him have his favorite thing…just a healthier version of it. I started experimenting, and this Low Carb Zucchini Pizza Casserole was born!
Now I knew I was going to have to impress him to get him to give up his beloved pizza – and I knew I needed the right tools for the job. Recently I had a chance to try out the new T-FAL Comfort Mandolin Grater – and it has become my go to tool for this casserole and many other dishes. I mean, where has this thing been all of my life?! The T-FAL Mandolin Grater has four interchangeable blades – fine grating, coarse grating, slicing, and julienne – to help you safely prepare your foods fast! With this mandolin, I was able to grate up my zucchini quickly making this casserole an easy weeknight meal!
Just look how perfectly the base of this “pizza” casserole turned out with the T-FAL Comfort Mandolin Grater! I used the julienne blade which made perfect little strips of zucchini which baked up perfectly. The finger guard helped me keep my hand safe (something I have always been frightened of with a mandolin) while making the work of shredded up four whole cups of zucchini super fast.
The zucchini baked up as kind of the “crust” of a pizza for this casserole, and you can put whatever toppings you want to make your perfect pizza! I went easy on him and added just hamburger and pepperoni along with our favorite low carb pizza sauce. You can also mix in toppings like bell peppers, mushrooms, and more! No matter how you “top” it, this Low Carb Pizza Casserole is sure to be a family favorite!
Is your mouth watering yet?! This dish is not just amazing the day you make it – but we made enough to take for lunch the next day and I swear it was even better reheated. Now I keep pretty much all of the ingredients on hand for any time that pizza mood strikes… which is often. When my Keto Pizza Chips do not do the trick, this Low Carb Pizza Casserole is just exactly what we need!
- 4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups Rao's Low Carb Pizza Sauce
Preheat oven to 400°. Place the shredded zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with about a tablespoon of salt, and toss.
Let sit 10 minutes, then squeeze out moisture by dumping the zucchini into a kitchen towel or clean t-shirt, pulling up the ends and squeezing out all of the moisture.
Combine zucchini with eggs in a large bowl.
Press the zucchini mixture into two 9x9in pans (or two pie dishes or a 13x9in baking dish).
Bake 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef as you cook it.
Drain the fat from the pan and stir in the spaghetti sauce and spoon the mixture over the zucchini crust.
Sprinkle with the mozzarella.
Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes longer.