7 net carbs

Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

This low-carb Philly cheesesteak casserole is the best way to enjoy the flavors of the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich without all the carbs. Delicious beef, peppers, onions, and melty cheese make this casserole warm, hearty and filling.

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Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Low-carb Philly cheesesteak casserole.

Low-Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Our low-carb Philly cheesesteak casserole is an easy delicious dinner! Savory ground beef, sweet bell peppers, and onions in a rich cream cheese sauce topped with layered provolone cheese and baked until golden. It’s sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Net Carbs 7 g
*Net carbs are per serving

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 3 large bell peppers, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F/177C.
    Close-up view of temperature knob on an oven, preheat oven to cook a meal.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up meat with a spatula. Season with salt and pepper.
    Top view of skillet cooking ground beef.
  • Add onions and bell peppers to the pan, sauteing until vegetables are soft. Season with Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
    Top view of skillet cooking ground beef, sliced bell peppers, and onions.
  • Add chicken broth and cream cheese, stir until cream cheese melts and everything is well combined. Remove from heat.
    Top view of skillet cooking Philly cheesesteak casserole - ground beef, bell peppers, onions, spices, cream cheese, and broth.
  • Transfer the beef and veggie mixture to a 3-quart oven-safe baking dish. Cover the entire top of the meat mixture with provolone cheese slices.
    Top view of low-carb Philly cheesesteak casserole in a white baking dish topped with slices of provolone cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the top is golden and cheese is melted.
    Top view of low-carb philly cheesesteak casserole, out of the oven ready to eat.

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Recipe Variations

  • Meat substitutions – We like to use 85% lean ground beef for this recipe. If using a fattier cut of meat, drain the grease after the meat has browned to prevent the meal from being too greasy when finished. Ground chicken or ground turkey is great in this recipe and gives it a lighter flavor. You can also use shaved beef or thinly sliced beef instead of ground meat.
  • Veggie substitutions – You can’t go wrong with bell peppers and onions in this Philly cheesesteak casserole! Adding sauteed mushrooms adds a delicious flavor to this recipe.
  • Cheese substitutions – If you don’t care for provolone cheese, feel free to substitute any cheese you’d like. Monterey jack cheese, cheddar cheese, or Colby cheese all work well in this recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put my skillet in the oven instead of using a casserole dish?

Yes! If you’re using an oven-safe skillet, you can cook the entire dish in one skillet. Simply cover with the provolone cheese after cooking the meat and veggie mixture, and place the skillet in the oven to bake. Save time cleaning with one less dish!

Is this low-carb Philly cheesesteak casserole recipe Keto?

Yes! This Philly cheesesteak casserole recipe is Keto. With 7 grams of net carbs per generous serving, this meal fits in very well with a keto diet. If you’re trying to cut the carb count further, you can reduce the serving size slightly and add a side salad.

Is Philly cheesesteak casserole gluten-free?

Yes, this Philly cheesesteak casserole recipe is gluten-free. However, check the ingredients on your Worsthershire sauce for gluten, as some brands are not gluten-free. We like to use this brand, which is naturally gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: You can prepare this casserole 1-2 days in advance, assemble up until the baking step. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, let it come to room temperature while the oven is pre-heating and bake as directed. (Bake time may be slightly longer with cold ingredients, watch your casserole at the end and remove when the cheese is golden and melted.)
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover Philly cheesesteak casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing instructions: This recipe doesn’t do well as a freezer meal because of the cream cheese. When cream cheese thaws, it can sometimes have an undesirable consistency. To save time, you can cook this recipe up until the step of adding cream cheese & chicken broth. Freeze the meat and veggie mixture in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.
  • To reheat: Reheat Philly cheesesteak casserole in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave.

Additional Details

When it comes to comfort food with a twist, the Philly cheesesteak casserole is a winner. Bursting with flavors reminiscent of the iconic sandwich, this dish takes things up a notch by being low-carb and diabetes-friendly. It’s a hearty, savory delight that’s perfect for those looking to enjoy the essence of Philly cheesesteak without compromising their health.

Philly cheesesteak, a legendary sandwich hailing from Philadelphia, typically consists of thinly sliced beefsteak, melted cheese, and sautéed onions served in a hoagie roll. It’s a beloved classic known for its rich, meaty flavors and gooey cheese. However, the traditional version isn’t exactly diabetes-friendly due to its high-carb nature. But fear not, as our Philly cheesesteak casserole is here to save the day!

The Ingredients and Their Roles

Before we dive into the preparation, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and understand how they contribute to making this casserole a delectable, diabetes-friendly treat.

  • Ground Beef: Lean ground beef serves as the hearty base of this casserole, providing protein while keeping the dish low in saturated fat.
  • Bell Peppers: Vibrant bell peppers not only add a burst of color but also provide essential vitamins and antioxidants, making this dish a nutritious choice.
  • Onions: Sautéed onions bring a sweet, caramelized flavor that perfectly complements the beef and cheese.
  • Cream Cheese: Cream cheese adds creaminess and a touch of tang to the dish while being lower in carbs compared to traditional cheesesteak ingredients.
  • Provolone Cheese: This cheese variety, known for its meltability, contributes to the rich, cheesy goodness of the casserole.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Just a dash of Worcestershire sauce elevates the savory depth of the dish.
  • Spices: A blend of garlic powder, salt, and pepper brings the flavors together, ensuring your taste buds are in for a treat.

Philly Cheesesteak Casserole Variations

The Philly cheesesteak casserole is versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Keto-Friendly: To make it even lower in carbs, substitute the bell peppers with zucchini or cauliflower. 
  • Cheese Swap: Experiment with different cheeses like cheddar or mozzarella for a unique flavor profile.
  • Spicy Twist: If you like it hot, add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Toppings Galore: Consider adding toppings like mushrooms, diced tomatoes, avocado, or fresh herbs before serving.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Now, let’s delve into why this Philly cheesesteak casserole is a fantastic choice for individuals managing diabetes:

  • Low in Carbs: This recipe carefully substitutes high-carb ingredients with low-carb alternatives, making it suitable for people watching their carbohydrate intake to manage blood sugar levels.
  • Protein-Packed: Lean ground beef is a fantastic source of protein, which can help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full for longer.
  • Veggie Power: Bell peppers and onions provide essential vitamins and antioxidants, promoting overall health and helping manage diabetes.
  • Moderate in Fats: The casserole maintains a balance of fats, including healthier options like cream cheese, which is lower in saturated fat than traditional cheesesteak ingredients.
  • Flavor Without Sacrifice: Despite being diabetes-friendly, this casserole doesn’t compromise on flavor. You can still savor the delicious essence of a Philly cheesesteak while prioritizing your health.

What to Serve With Your Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

While the Philly cheesesteak casserole is a delicious and satisfying dish on its own, pairing it with the right sides can elevate your meal and create a well-rounded dining experience. Here are some delightful side dish ideas to complement your casserole:

  • Side Salad: A crisp, fresh salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a zesty vinaigrette adds a refreshing contrast to the rich and savory casserole.
  • Steamed Vegetables: Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus not only enhance the nutritional value of your meal but also provide a pleasing crunch and vibrant colors.
  • Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and a drizzle of olive oil bring a delightful nutty flavor and an appealing texture to your plate.
  • Mashed Cauliflower: Creamy mashed cauliflower, seasoned to perfection, serves as a delectable and healthier substitute for mashed potatoes.
  • Avocado Slices: Creamy avocado slices with a sprinkle of salt and pepper provide a creamy, nutrient-rich side that complements the casserole’s flavors.
  • Pickled Jalapeños: If you enjoy a bit of heat, some pickled jalapeño slices can add a spicy kick that pairs wonderfully with the cheesy goodness of the casserole.
  • Fruit Platter: Fresh fruit, such as sliced apples, grapes, or berries, can offer a sweet and refreshing contrast to the savory casserole.
  • Homemade Coleslaw: A homemade coleslaw with a tangy dressing brings a satisfying crunch and a hint of sweetness to your meal.
  • Garlic Bread (Low-Carb Version): If you’re looking for a bread option, consider making garlic bread using a low-carb or keto-friendly bread substitute. Toast it with garlic butter for that classic sidekick.

The Philly cheesesteak casserole is not just a delicious treat for your taste buds; it’s also a smart choice for individuals managing diabetes. By embracing low-carb ingredients and making thoughtful substitutions, you can enjoy the flavors of this iconic sandwich while keeping your health in check. Whether you follow the recipe to the letter or get creative with your own variations, this casserole is bound to become a family favorite. So, why wait? Give it a try and savor the hearty goodness today!

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