I love a recipe that makes my husband and kids ask “I thought you weren’t eating carbs?” because they could never guess that what they are eating is actually low carb – and this Upside Down Pizza Casserole does just that! It has all the flavors that you crave in a good pizza with a fraction of the carbs. It comes together easily and can even be made ahead of time for a quick weeknight supper! Add in your favorite pizza toppings to customize it to your taste for the PERFECT low carb craving killer!
In my family we take our pizza seriously. I am well known among my kids’ friends, for my AMAZING homemade pizza and bread sticks. I make everything from scratch, and it’s delicious if I do say so myself! Unfortunately it is FAR from low carb, so it’s now something I only make on special occasions.
When transitioning to keto, and especially when trying to get your family on board, I think it’s much easier to stick to foods that your family is familiar with. And since everyone is familiar with pizza, this recipe will do just that!
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Simply start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then, cook your beef and drain the excess grease. Combine the cooked beef with the marinara sauce and spread into the bottom of a greased 7×11 casserole dish. Be sure to check out my recipe for Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce!
Top the meat with about 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. We are pretty basic around here and just go with pepperoni.
For the top “crust” layer, combine the mozzarella cheese with the cream cheese in a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on 30 second intervals until the 2 cheeses are melted and combine easily. Then, add in the almond meal, baking powder, garlic powder and egg.
Spread this mixture on top of the cheese and toppings in your dish. This part can be a little tricky, I find it easiest to place the dough in even clumps on the top of the dish and them smoosh them together using my hands until the entire casserole is covered.
Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake and additional 10 minutes, or until the top is browned.
Combine the melted butter with the garlic powder, onion powder and parsley and brush on top of the “crust.” Allow to cool slightly before slicing.