I broke out my seriously loved and trusted, handed down from my grandmother cast iron pan for this sweet potato pizza bake. It is the perfect vessel for cooking and then popping into the oven. Your only concern might be lifting it when it is full as this sucker is sturdy!
This recipe is “inspired” by Alli who runs Inspiralized.com. Her story of beginning her business, getting healthy, creating her own spiralizer and then a cookbook is awesome. She is young and determined and I love that those traits come out in her writing.
Since it is the middle of winter and sweet potatoes have been affordable, I spied her Spiralized Sweet Potato Pizza Bake with Turkey Bacon and gave it my own spin based on what I had available. Here is my take on her recipe.
Spiralized Sweet Potato Pizza Bake, serves 4 very generously
For the sweet potatoes:
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, spiralized
- Garlic salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
For the casserole:
- 1/2 – 3/4 pound cooked, crumbled & drained spicy sausage (I used pork)
- 1.5 cups marinara sauce (I used homemade with onions and peppers in it)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease a 10” cast-iron skillet or square casserole dish.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the sweet potato noodles and season with garlic salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add in red pepper flakes if you choose. Let cook for about 5-7 minutes or until noodles begin to soften.
- Add in your sausage and heat through about 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour the marinara on top. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly on top and sprinkle dried oregano over the cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts through and is slightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, garnish with parmesan cheese.
Leftovers freeze well in airtight containers.
Cooking on the stovetop and into the oven.
You have to get that cheese golden with just a slight crunch. Broil for a minute if you have to! Fresh mozzarella would be awesome on this but I took the economical route.
I must admit I was a bit skeptical how this would turn out. First, would the potatoes really cook in that short amount of time? They do! Since they are spiralized they cook up so quickly. Would the sweet match the slightly sweet and acidic tomato sauce and spicy sausage? Perfect match. Even my husband who isn’t a big fan of sweet potatoes likes this meal. If pressed, I am not sure he would have known they were in the casserole.
This is great for a quick weeknight meal on a cold, winter night. Enjoy!