Meatza Pie

Meatza Pie

(from the authors of “Well Fed”)

This recipe was the first recipe I ever tried when I decided to take some refined carbs out of my diet.  I was skeptical to try it but to my surprise my kids and husband loved it.  I love that this recipe also provides an easy way to make your own pizza sauce that is free of added sugars.

Yields: 4 servings

Meat Crust:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian Herb Mix
  • ¼ tsp fennel seed
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt

Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water

Toppings: (adjust to your taste)

  • 1/2 cup steam-sautéed broccoli
  • 1/2 cup steam-sautéed bell pepper strips
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Shredded mozzarella Cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Mix the ground beef and Seasonings until combined.
  2. Make the meat crust. Roll the meat into a ball and press evenly onto a sprayed (or parchment lined) cookie sheet or two pizza pans. Smooth the meat with damp hands until it’s an even thickness.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through and the edges are brown. Leaving the oven on, remove the crusts from the oven and allow to cool in the pan.
  4. Make the pizza sauce. Heat a small saucepan over low heat, then add the olive oil, garlic, and Seasonings, stirring with a wooden spoon until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the tomato paste and stir until combined, then stir in the water. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 5 minutes until thickened. Set aside.
  5. Make your meatza. Spread the sauce on each meat crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Arrange the vegetables on top, pressing them gently into the sauce. Top with Cheese if desired. Pop the pizza back into the oven for 10-15 minutes, until hot and browned to your liking.