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Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
With the cold weather here I have been craving comfort food and one of my favourite comfort food dishes is the pepperoni pizza casserole. Although I will never cease to enjoy digging into a plate of this casserole it is a little high on the calories and the carbs so I thought that I would make a new, lighter, version using cauliflower as the base rather than pasta. This casserole is super easy to make, you simply cook the cauliflower, and I like to roast it since it add that caramelized flavour, mix it with some pizza sauce and your favourite pizza toppings, top it with cheese and more of your favourite toppings and bake it until it is golden brown and bubbling. With all of the different toppings to choose from this cauliflower pizza casserole will never get boring and you can't go wrong with the classic pepperoni topping!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
All of the flavours of pizza in a lighter cauliflower casserole!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
Puree the cauliflower and serve as a lighter alternative to pizza dip while watching the game!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Servings: 4

All of the flavours of a pepperoni pizza in a low carb cauliflower casserole!



ingredients
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano (optional)
directions
  1. Toss the cauliflower in the oil, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F oven until it starts to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing half way through.
  2. Mix the cauliflower, pizza sauce, pepperoni and olives, reserving some pepperoni and olives, place in a baking dish, sprinkle on the cheese followed by the reserved toppings and the oregano.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the cheese has melted and the sides are bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Option: Use your favourite pizza toppings!
Option: Steam the cauliflower instead of roasting it.
Option: Puree the cauliflower and turn it into a side or a dip!
Nutrition Facts: Calories 338, Fat 19g (Saturated 7g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 1010mg, Carbs 23g (Fiber 7g, Sugars 9g), Protein 19g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

41 comments:

Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness said...

Love that you took pizza and made it about 82 billion times healthier! This look delish Kevin!

Meagan Wied said...

Oh man this cauliflower casserole that involves pizza flavorings is right up my alley. We love love love cauliflower and I like this addition to it.

Jenny said...

Yah, I could go for this pizza tonight! Looks great Kevin!!

Maria said...

Great twist on pizza!

Jeanette said...

What a great idea low-carbing it with cauliflower Kevin! We've been eating lots of cauliflower lately so I love this idea!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

This is very creative Kevin & I love it has no pizza dough in the recipe :)

Heather Christo said...

What awesome flavors Kevin! I bet it is so tasty that no one notices that they are essentially just eating a ton of vegetable!

Rogelio Valencia said...

Gotta make this tonight.
But where does all the sodium come from? or is it a typo?

Kevin Lynch said...

Rogelio Valencia: Actually most of the sodium comes from the fact that the tool that I use to calculate Nutritional Facts used a generic store bought pizza sauce. If you use the recipe that I link to or make your own, there will be a lot less sodium!

Helen @ Scrummy Lane said...

Great idea! Like the idea of dipping into it as a snack, like you would with nachos!

Chrissy Barua said...

I love using cauliflower for substitutes for everything! It's a blank slate, and this looks great!

Ally said...

Good stuff, Kevin! Love this! ~~ally :)

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I think I would be going back for seconds with this great twist on pizza dish!

Tieghan said...

This is such a great meal my whole family would eat. love it, kevin!

We are not Martha said...

Whoa! What a crazy and awesome idea!!

Sues

Anonymous said...

We made it! Simply awesome!!! :D Timi from Hungary

Nicole Boyd said...

What size baking dish would you recommend? I have a 9x9 & 9x13 glass pan, or a ceramic pie plate.

Ellis_Wood said...

woooow! i love it!!!

vanillasugarblog said...

and I remember the first time you did this with cauliflower, I was so impressed!
I bet cast iron would fire up a nice crispy crust.

Jennie Phaneuf said...

Say what… This looks amazing. Pinned.

KirbyTails said...

Cauliflower is such a cool vegetable. So many things you can do with it.

Poame said...

Mmmm..it looks soo good!

angela said...

wow. when i saw the title i thought.... well, never mind, lol! but i can see the flavors together, and it actually looks pretty good. great job kevin!

Pam said...

Oh man. This looks incredible Kevin!

Nadira @ Best Juice Extractor Reviews said...

That looks SO good...I'd be happy to get this in cauliflower...I'm getting so hungry looking at this! Using Tequila is quite creative and smart! :D

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

At 12:30AM, there's nothing I'd rather do that stuff my face with this amazingness here!

Paula Jones said...

This sounds right up my alley! Pinning!

Tina said...

Super creative! I too crave comfort foods when it's cold and this delicious and satisfying. :)
Tina at www.tinaschic.com

maria at inredningsvis said...

AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle :) love your blog and im following now.

Check out my blog today...my all time fav. lasagna recipy :)

Have a fab week dear

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

Kevin Lynch said...

Nicole Boyd: I like the bigger baking dish for this as you can get more cheese on it :) The smaller one will work as well though.

Poame said...

Delicious!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Catching up on your posts and I've pinned so many, Kevin! Everything looks great and I bet this would be a partytime favorite! pinned

Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen said...

I will be making this tonight. I'm hoping my son will not complain. He's a picky eater just like his mama. ;) Thanks for the recipe.

MsAstor said...

I loved this! Most important - hubby loved it too! Made it last night with a few tweaks - I used ground meat instead of pepperoni. Added onions and bell pepper and threw in a few dried mushrooms...

MsAstor said...

I made this last night with a few minor tweaks - used ground meat instead of pepperoni...added onions and bell pepper to the meat. I loved it!! more importantly, hubby loved it too! Thanks, Kevin!!!

Kevin Lynch said...

MsAstor: I am glad that you enjoyed it!

Jessica said...

Made this for last night's dinner. It was fantastic. The only problem was that DH and I devoured the whole thing, and didn't leave anything for lunch today! Next time I am going to try to roast some mushrooms along with the cauliflower.

Kevin Lynch said...

Jessica: Roasted mushrooms would be a great addition!

Me said...

Any estimate on how many cups of cauliflower florets you need? My grocery store has small cauliflower heads and not sure ifi need 1.5 or 2

Me said...

Any estimate on how many cups of cauliflower florets you need? My grocery store has small cauliflower heads and not sure ifi need 1.5 or 2

Kevin Lynch said...

Me: 2 small heads will be perfect!

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