“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” Yogi Berra
Yes, every now and then I’m hungry for pizza. However, avoiding the crust to adhere to my lo-carb lifestyle seems like a hopeless quest. As long as the crust is there, why not eat it.
So my desire was to find a pizza without crust that would be easy to make, on hand, and delicious. Is that asking too much? I think not. Here’s a dish that comes really close.
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 pound ground round
1 pepper, green or red, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 t Italian seasoning
14 ounce jar pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Brown the sausage and beef together. Drain and transfer to your slow cooker. Add the pepper, onion, seasoning, and pizza sauce. Cover and let cook on low for 5 or 6 hours.
So here’s where it got tricky for me. The original instructions said that at this point the mozzarella cheese should be sprinkled on top and the concoction should cook for another 35 minutes until the cheese melts. Parmesan cheese could be sprinkled on at the discretion of the consumer. If there was company in the house we could simply move ahead. However, if I was home alone… Well, there I’d be with two pounds of sausage with all the trimmings ready to eat. My solution?
I decided cool the mixture and put it into individual containers, before the cheese was added, to freeze in single or double servings. When I wanted pizza I could simply thaw the amount I was hungry for, top with cheese, and nuke it. Am I brilliant or what!
My single serving crockpot pizza
Of course, this way of making the dish also allows me to add other pizza goodies to the mix, like onions, mushrooms, olives, and/or pepperoni. A nice way to customize this pizza dish even for a group.
Full disclosure – The recipe, as presented, is too tame for me. I’m the woman who eats jalapenos on almost everything. For future enjoyment I’d add onion and pepperoni. As is, my husband will probably love it!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.