Ok, ok, let’s make ONE thing clear … I am NOT a low carb girl by any means. I AM aware of my grain and dairy intake and well, traditional pizza just totally blows that right out the door.
Yup, I LOVE pizza … the sauce, the gooey cheese, the pepperoni, the seasonings … they all just sing to me! I just don’t particularly care to ingest the dough (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THE CRUST!!!) as I always seem to have major digestive issue after eating pizza and I already know that flour stuff doesn’t help my hands at all … so I’m always looking for another way to get those yummy flavors and make my tummy somewhat happier as well!
This recipe came through Pinterest, of course, and a site called Recipes That Crock … I spent a lot of time browsing once I got there so make sure you have a few minutes of spare time when you link over!
This is also great the next day! I took some to work with me and heated it up in the microwave and had everyone coming by to see just what I was eating that day … of course, everyone always wants to see what Jan’s eating that day because a) they all say I should open up a lunch joint called “Jan’s Salads” because my salads are so pretty and b) because Jan seems to spend a lot of time cooking good food at home … yeah, I’m that person who doesn’t go out to eat for lunch and packs my lunch every day 99.5% of the time. It’s frugal and well, healthier as well 😉
I made a few small modifications to use what we had on hand … here’s how I made it!
2 lbs 90/10 ground beef (freezer)
1 jar of marinara sauce (pantry)
1 pound bag of shredded mozzarella cheese (4 cups) (freezer)
package of sliced pepperoni (freezer)
dehydrated onions (pantry)
italian seasoning (pantry)
and … parmesan blend seasoning (used for bread dipping oils but great seasoning!) as it was in the spice rack and sounded good! (pantry as well)
Cook up your beef with the dehydrated onions and season with italian seasoning and the parmesan blend if using. I free measured the seasoning and adjusted as needed once the beef was cooked.
Drain the beef and put in large bowl. With the 90/10, there wasn’t that much draining needed. Add 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese to the beef and mix well. *Honestly, you don’t have to use a bowl, you can mix it up in the skillet if there’s enough room to stir it up.
Spray your crock insert with non-stick spray and dump in the beef mixture. Spread out to an even layer.
Pour your sauce over the beef and spread out with a spoon.
Layer 2 more cups of cheese on top of the sauce.
Add a nice layer of pepperoni. NOTE: you can add whatever you like on your “normal” pizza, mushrooms, olives, sausage, peppers, onions, etc. I just kept mine as pepperoni. Give a real generous sprinkling of italian seasoning.
Put a lid on it and set to low and cook for 4 hours. Yes, again, I know, there is NO 4 hour low setting so set your internal timer! I actually started mine on high for 4 hours and then turned it off after 2 hours and it was perfect!
IF grains ARE your thing, by all means, serve up with a side of buttery, garlic bread!