Shh, this my secret weapon for keeping my husband in a good mood – he loves it

- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup low-carb pizza sauce
- 1/2 bell pepper, sliced
- 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup mini pepperoni slices
- 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
1. Start by heating olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast-iron or non-stick skillet.
2. Crumble the Italian sausage into the skillet. Cook it until brown and no longer pink, making sure to season with a little salt and pepper for that savory kick.
3. Toss in the sliced bell pepper and onion, giving them a good stir with the sausage to soften and get those edges a little caramelized.
4. Spread the low-carb pizza sauce evenly over the cooked sausage and veggies. You want every nook and cranny to get some of that tomatoey goodness.
5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella all over the sauce. Don’t be shy—cheese is a key player here!
6. Top with mini pepperoni slices and black olives, then shower the whole thing with Italian seasoning, and if you're up for some heat, those red pepper flakes.
7. Cover the skillet with a lid and let everything simmer on low heat until the cheese is melted and bubbly, which should take about 5 minutes.
8. Remove from the heat, and if you've got fresh basil on hand, tear a few leaves over the top for a pop of color and freshness.
9. Serve directly from the skillet (watch out, it's hot!) and dive into this cozy low-carb dream.
Variations & Tips
- Veggie lovers can replace sausage with mushrooms or artichoke hearts for a vegetarian twist.
- If dairy doesn't do it for you, go for a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or vegan cheese shreds.
- Keep this dish evolving with any keto-friendly toppings you fancy—think bacon bits, jalapeños, or even a sprinkle of feta.
- For an even heartier meal, lay down a base of cauliflower rice before you pile on the toppings—it adds a lovely texture without the carbs.
- Always let your skillet sit for a minute or two after removing it from heat. It's like a pizza resting period, and it will prevent molten cheese accidents!