Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Last Updated on January 7, 2021

Worried that living the low-carb lifestyle means that you’ll have to give up pizza for good? That’s just plain wrong! This Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole proves that you can easily maintain your diet and enjoy delicious flavors! 

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Low Carb Diet Benefits

As many of you know, I had weight loss surgery about six years ago. Since that surgery, I lost over 100 pounds and I’ve been pretty successful with keeping it off.

I try to stick to a modified low carb diet.  Although I eat more carbs now than I did post-surgery, I always eat protein first, then vegetables, then fruits, and finally healthy carbs. Before you ask, yes, there is a difference between healthy carbs and regular carbs.

Unfortunately, I often find myself eating more carbs than I should and the next thing I know 20 pounds have snuck up on me. When this happens, I reset my body with low carbs, high protein, and exercise. Exercising along with healthy eating is paramount!

Many people think that eating healthy is all you have to do to lose weight. While this is a key factor, there’s more to it than just that. Combining healthy eating with exercise will result in a lifestyle that you’ll be able to sustain. 

Like always, I like to include questions that have been asked along with the answers. Who knows? Maybe a question on your mind is answered. 

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Don’t get scared. My Instant Post recipes won’t suddenly turn to extremely low carb recipes. I just want to have some in my recipe stash for when I need those resets. I like to have a variety of options for myself and my family.

Why is it called casserole?

Even though this “technically” isn’t made in a casserole-dish, this Instant Pot recipe still does have that casserole feel. A casserole is a word that means a deep pan. Theoretically, this still applies to the Instant Pot in my opinion.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

What are the three main parts of a casserole?

Making a casserole isn’t difficult. There are just three main components that make up a delicious casserole. The sections are meat, cheese, and the bottom/base. 

Since we’re going low-carb with this casserole, we’ll just swap out the base section for marinara. Easy, right?! 

What’s another word for a casserole?

Some of these shocked me, but the words listed below are synonyms for the word “casserole”.

I would have never guessed any of these terms to be synonyms for a casserole, but it goes to show you how different cultures refer to the same recipe with varying depictions. 

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

What pizza toppings are Keto-friendly?

Just because this is a casserole recipe doesn’t mean that we can’t dive in and talk about some other pizza topping options that are keto-friendly. Vegetables are an excellent topping and so is cheese. Meat is also a great topping. 

The only thing about pizza that will put you over your carb count for the day is the dreaded doughy crust. As long as you eliminate the crust from your pizza dish (or casserole dish), you can relax about the carb count.  

This recipe has three basic layers to it and you’ll read more about that in the recipe below.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Is ground turkey healthier for you than ground beef?

Typically, the answer is always going to be yes. Just make certain that whatever ground turkey meat you’re using, you’re looking at the fat content and comparing it to the beef. Some turkey meat can have very high-fat content. 

What can I use leftover marinara or pasta sauce for?

This is a legit question. It never fails that recipes call for half of the pasta sauce compared to what is actually in the can or jar. If you have leftover sauce, use it for another recipe, such as my Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin.

You can always put it out to serve with your pizza casserole just in case someone wants to add a little bit more marinara than what is currently in the dish. 

Are you ready for this soy-free and low-carb Instant Pot Pizza Casserole recipe? It’s going to be a family favorite for sure! 

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Gather up your simple ingredients to get started.

Ingredients needed for Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

 

 

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Recipe

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Instructions to make Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Turn your Instant Pot on sauté mode. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot insert. Once hot, add the ground turkey. Cook turkey thoroughly, breaking it with a spatula, until browned.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Add the marinara sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and, pepper. Mix well.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Keep cooking until the sauce has coated the browned turkey meat and there is no more liquid left in the pot.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Take a 1-quart container that fits inside of an Instant Pot. We will be using the pot in the pot (PIP) for this recipe.

Place 1/3 of the cooked turkey in the bottom of the container. 

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Top with 1/3 cup of cheddar and 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Place the sliced pepperoni on top of the cheese layer.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Repeat the same sequence of the layer twice.

In the end, you will have 3 layers each of turkey meat, cheese, and pepperoni.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Meanwhile, rinse out your Instant Pot insert with hot water. Do this so it doesn’t set off any ‘Burn’ warning when we use the “Pressure Cook” setting. 

Place 2 cups of water into Instant Pot insert. Place the trivet at the base of your Instant Pot insert. Put the 1-quart container on the trivet. Place a piece of foil on top to stop any liquids from falling into casserole.

Attach the lid, ensuring the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position.

Select the “Pressure Cook” mode. Adjust the ‘Pressure Level’ to “high” and adjust the time with the “- / +” to 20 minutes.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

When Instant Pot beeps, allow the pressure release the natural way for 15 minutes and then, using the spoon that comes with the instant pot or pressure cooker, turn the pressure valve to the “Venting” position to perform the quick release.

Remove lid and the foil. Allow cooling for a few minutes before carefully taking out the trivet. Wear oven mitts to be safe.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Let the pizza casserole cool for 15 minutes to settle before cutting and serving.

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

 

There you have it! A delicious dinner recipe that will be ready and waiting in no time at all! 

The next time that you’re craving pizza but know that you’re wanting to stay low-carb, this simple pizza casserole recipe will help you accomplish just that! 

Make certain to check out our Instant Pot Tomato Tacos {Low Carb} as well! 

Don’t forget to print your recipe out for later!

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of ground Turkey
  • 1½ cups of soy-free Marinara or Pasta Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly cracked Pepper
  • 1teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 (3 oz.) packet of sliced Pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoon of Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot on sauté mode. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot insert. Once hot, add the ground turkey. Cook turkey thoroughly, breaking it with a spatula, until browned.
  2. Add the marinara sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Keep cooking until the sauce has coated the browned turkey meat and there is no more liquid left in the pot.
  4. Take a 1-quart container that fits inside of an Instant Pot. We will be using the pot in pot (PIP) for this recipe.
  5. Place 1/3 of the cooked turkey in the bottom of the container. 
  6. Top with1/3 cup of cheddar and 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place the sliced pepperoni on top of the cheese layer.
  8. Repeat the same sequence of the layer twice.
  9. In the end, you will have 3 layers each of turkey meat, cheese, and pepperoni.
  10. Meanwhile, rinse out your Instant Pot insert with hot water, so that it doesn’t set off any ‘Burn’ warning when we use the “Pressure Cook” setting. 
  11. Place 2 cups of water into Instant Pot insert. Place the trivet at the base of your Instant Pot insert. Put the 1-quart container on the trivet. Place a piece of foil on top to stop any liquids from falling into casserole.
  12. Put the lid on, making sure that the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position.
  13. Select the “Pressure Cook” mode. Adjust the ‘Pressure Level’ to “high” and adjust the time, with the “- / +” to 20 minutes.
  14. When Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way for 15 minutes and then using the spoon that comes with the instant pot, turn the pressure valve to the “Venting” position to do the quick release.
  15. Remove lid and the foil. Allow to cool for a few minutes before carefully taking out the trivet. Wear oven mitts to be safe.
  16. Let the pizza casserole cool for 15 minutes to settle before cutting and serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 590Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 165mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 42g

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18 thoughts on “Instant Pot Low Carb Pizza Casserole”

  1. Where is the required liquid so it comes to pressure?? I’m confused, doesn’t it always need water…and will the tomatoes not scorch on the bottom??

  2. Hi there, There is enough liquid between the crushed tomatoes and juice from the meat to come to come to pressure.

  3. Also, if you are having issues with it coming to pressure they can make it in a spring form or glass pan and add water under.

  4. This sounds wonderful, however we can’t eat tomatoes. any suggestions for a substitute for the tomatoes?

  5. We made this tonight. While there is plenty of liquid from the sauce, it still stuck to the bottom. (Reminds me of pasta sauce cooked on the stove that was not stirred). Might try using the spring form pan next time, as it was delicious!

  6. I made this using the pot in pot method but used turkey sausage, and turkey pepperoni instead of ground turkey and regular pepperoni. It did come out a tad bit juicier than I expected, but being on a soft food diet it took a couple spins in my mini food processor cso extr liquid is a good thing. It was delicious.

  7. I have a manual on my instant pot but not sure if the temperature is high. So I put it on meat high for 6 mins. Now my fingers are crossed.

  8. If you use canned crushed tomatoes do you drain them or use the juice and all? Thank you for a reply. It looks really delicious!!

  9. Can this recipe be made in the 3Qt versions of Instapot? Or how much should it be reduced? The 3Qt won’t have handles for the trivet, any accessory suggestions?

  10. We didn’t have a Pyrex that big. I used mason jars! Turned out wonderful. Also, the recipe called for garlic, then mentioned garlic powder. We used the powder in the meat, then fresh cloves in the tomatoes.

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