Sausage and Pepperoni Layered Pizza Bake (Low-Carb or Keto)
This new recipe for Sausage and Pepperoni Layered Pizza Bake can be Low-Carb or Keto, depending on what you pick for the base of the layers, and I promise this can help with those cravings for Pizza!
It’s the first day of a brand new decade, and I can tell a lot of people are starting out 2020 with a resolution for more carb-conscious eating! And I’m excited to announce that (as I promised I’d do once my huge editing project was finished) for a few months I’ve been working on adding nutritional information to my recipes. I’m doing the most popular recipes first and it will take me months to do every recipe, but if you’d like that info for a recipe I haven’t done yet, you can leave a comment requesting it and I’ll move it up on the list! And thanks to everyone who’s waited patiently for this.
On New Year’s Day I always like to start the year with new recipe that’s low-carb comfort food, and this Sausage and Pepperoni Layered Pizza Bake definitely fits that description! And depending on the ingredients you choose, this new recipe can be low-carb or Keto (or even adapted to be South Beach Diet friendly or meatless).
The Pizza Bake started out as an idea to try layering the Folios Cheese Wraps that I loved in my No-Noodle Lasagna into a layered bake with pizza ingredients. And the first time I tried that with Kara we both loved the pizza flavors, but Kara thought the Keto version was too greasy. So the next time we cooked together we made a version that layered the pizza ingredients with Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas (affiliate link), a product I’ve used in so many recipes. Kara and her kids loved that low-carb version, but I greatly preferred the Keto version made with the cheese wraps, especially after we switched to a reduced-fat pepperoni. So we decided to post the recipe and give people a choice on the ingredient to use as the base of the Pizza Bake.
There were also a few other choices that made this low in carbs without sacrificing those pizza flavors that everyone loves. I used my favorite Italian Sausage for the sausage and we used 25% Less Fat Pepperoni from Hormel (affiliate link) for the pepperoni. (This is especially beneficial for the Keto version where there is plenty of fat and nothing to absorb it.) And to keep the carbs low in either version of this, we used Rao’s Pizza Sauce (affiliate link) which only has 12 carbs in the whole bottle! (Just for the record, none of these companies have paid me to promote their products, and I’m sure most of them don’t even know that I’m alive.)
There are definitely other variations of this recipe you could come up with to fit your own eating preferences, such as using turkey pepperoni and low-carb mozzarella to make a version for South Beach Diet fans or using vegetarian pizza toppings to make it a meatless dish! And if you make the version with Folios this recipe is also gluten-free. But however you end up switching it out at your house, I hope you enjoy having this new option to help with those pizza cravings if you’re getting back on track with healthier eating.
This is the Keto version, which definitely has more fat as you can see. I loved this though and have made it a couple more times since we worked on the recipe! The process shots below are of the Keto version.
How to Make Sausage and Pepperoni Layered Pizza Bake:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe plus nutritional information for both low-carb and Keto version.)
- Heat the oven to 425F/220C. Spray a 9″ X 13″ baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the Italian Sausage until it’s nicely browned.
- Add Rao’s Pizza Sauce (affiliate link) or any low-sugar pizza sauce and simmer about 5 minutes.
- Cut 5 Folios Cheese Wraps (or 7 Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas – affiliate link) in half, and then arrange with straight side along the edge of the baking dish and one cut piece covering the middle, as shown.
- Top that with 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese.
- Top the cheese with 21 pieces of pepperoni and a generous pinch of dried Greek Oregano (affiliate link).
- Then make another layer of Folios (or low-carb tortillas), sausage/sauce mixture, cheese, pepperoni, and Greek Oregano.
- Bake about 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the Pizza Bake is bubbling hot and nicely browned.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
I think Sausage and Pepperoni Layered Pizza Bake would be great as a one-dish meal, but you can add something like Crunchy Low-Carb Chopped Salad or Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale and Romaine if you want a more substantial meal.
More Low-Carb Dinners with Pizza Flavors:
I used the hot variety of my favorite Italian Sausage for this recipe, but if you're feeding kids I'd use the sweet Italian sausage instead. I used Rao's Pizza Sauce (affiliate link) with only 12 carbs in the jar used in this recipe, but if you can't find Rao's use any low-sugar pizza sauce. Use full-fat or reduced-fat Mozzarella, whichever you prefer. There is plenty of fat in this dish, so I'd recommend using the reduced-fat pepperoni even for the Keto version. I find Folios Parmesan Cheese Wraps at Costco in my town. For low-carb version replace the folios with 7 Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas. Approximate nutritional information with that change is: Calories 327, Total Fat 18.6, Saturated Fat 6.9, Unsaturated Fat 8.8, Cholesterol 117, sodium 881, Carbohydrates 6, Sugar 2, Protein 29.4. (Carbs are calculated using net carbs for the tortillas.) Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara after quite a few experiments and a final compromise to include the version we each preferred!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 22.8gSaturated Fat: 11.4gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1084mgCarbohydrates: 3.1gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 33.1g
I used the hot variety of my favorite Italian Sausage for this recipe, but if you're feeding kids I'd use the sweet Italian sausage instead. I used Rao's Pizza Sauce (affiliate link) with only 12 carbs in the jar used in this recipe, but if you can't find Rao's use any low-sugar pizza sauce. Use full-fat or reduced-fat Mozzarella, whichever you prefer. There is plenty of fat in this dish, so I'd recommend using the reduced-fat pepperoni even for the Keto version.
I find Folios Parmesan Cheese Wraps at Costco in my town.
For low-carb version replace the folios with 7 Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas. Approximate nutritional information with that change is: Calories 327, Total Fat 18.6, Saturated Fat 6.9, Unsaturated Fat 8.8, Cholesterol 117, sodium 881, Carbohydrates 6, Sugar 2, Protein 29.4. (Carbs are calculated using net carbs for the tortillas.)
Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara after quite a few experiments and a final compromise to include the version we each preferred!
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you adapt the ingredients in this Sausage and Pepperoni Layered Pizza Bake to your personal dietary needs, this is a great dish for low-carb or Keto diet plans. Use low-sugar pizza sauce for any carb conscious diet. For Keto use Folios Cheese Wraps for the base, and full-fat cheese. (I’d still use the reduced fat pepperoni and turkey Italian sausage since this has plenty of fat, but your choice on that.) For low-carb use the low-carb tortillas for the base, turkey Italian sausage, reduced fat pepperoni, and full-fat cheese. For South Beach phase two or three use low-carb tortillas, turkey Italian Sausage turkey pepperoni, and reduced fat mozzarella. (Fat content for the South Beach version will be quite a bit lower than what is shown for low-carb if you make those changes, but this might still be a personal choice for South Beach.)
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