Pizza Casserole (grain-free)

Pizza Casserole--Food Your Body Will Thank You ForWhen you are gluten-free, there’s only so much rice pasta you can take! And when you have a child, you especially look for ways to trick (um, I mean entice!) them into eating their fair share of veggies.

Spaghetti squash has always eluded me. It only took me about 5 times to figure out it was a lack of patience (and poor planning) on my part that was causing the trouble. Don’t rush this precious vegetable or you’ll end of with crunchy, under-cooked squash! It’s a dense food and requires enough cooking time to get it to your desired level of tenderness!

This dish was created to appease my 4-year-old’s current obsession with all things pizza flavored! I hope your family finds it as delicious as we did.

Pizza Casserole (grain-free)

(always use organic/sustainable ingredients when possible)

You’ll need:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup organic Monterey jack (or mozzarella)
  • 1 cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • grass-fed butter (enough to fully coat the insides of the squash—I use 3-4 T.)
  • pizza spice mix (see below)

Pizza Spice Mix

  • 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1/4 t. basil
  • 1/8 t. pepper
  • 1/4 t. marjoram
  • 1/4 t. unrefined salt

Day 1: Cooking the Squash

  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Cut squash open and scoop out seeds.
  4. With your fingers or a spatula, spread butter until it covers all of the cut surface of the squash.
  5. Sprinkle the spice mix evenly over both halves.
  6. Place face down in a baking dish
  7. Cook for 1-1-1/2 half hours, until soft (this will depend on the size of the squash and your preference).
  8. Allow squash to cool enough for you to handle and scoop out flesh. Set aside and allow to cool before storing in a covered container.

Day 2: The Casserole

FIRST ***At least 2 hours (not more than 4!) before you hope to eat, take out squash and allow to arrive at/close to room temperature.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a baking dish with your preferred fat (I used pastured bacon fat from pastured bacon from US Wellness)
  3. Pack the squash into the dish
  4. Cover with 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce
  5. Top with the grated cheese
  6. Cook for 35 minutes
  7. Put under the broiler for 3-5 min, or until cheese is browned

Allow to cool 5-7 minutes before serving. I served with meatballs, raw kraut, and salad.

Enjoy <3

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2 comments on “Pizza Casserole (grain-free)”

  1. Anna

    Looks great and I can use it for my SCD diet. Thank you!

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