Pizza Meat Sauce Skillet | Paleo, Whole30

Another one-dish dinner for you!  I've been meaning to share this one for awhile, and am finally getting around to it.  It has the heartiness of a meat sauce, with the ease of a one-dish meal, and the flavor of pizza... do I have your attention yet!?

I created mine in a typical "combination pizza" style, which is my favorite... but you could switch it up however you like!  Meat Lovers, Hawaiian, Plain ol' Pepperoni;  the options are endless.  

While I love a bowl full of this deliciousness on its own~ it would also be awesome with something to dip in it, such as:  a flat bread (you could make a Paleo pizza crust then slice it up into pieces), my Paleo Drop Biscuits, or my Paleo Garlic Herb Bread.  It would also be AMAZING over spaghetti squash!

If you follow the recipe below, this is a Paleo dish.  To make it Whole30 compliant, just double check your meats and sauce for compliance.  We love the 365 brand sauces from Whole Foods Market~  lots of compliant options at a great price!


  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 sweet white onion, diced
  • 1 heaping cup crimini mushrooms, sliced then roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 oz sliced pepperoni
  • 1 jar (32 oz) marinara sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • handful of spinach or basil, chopped


  • large skillet


  1. In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and mushroom for 5-7 minutes.  Stir in the bell pepper & garlic, and continue to cook until the veggies are soft & the beef is no longer pink.  Drain.
  2. Cut the pepperoni into bite-sized pieces and stir it into your meat and veggie mixture.  Sauté for 3-5 minutes to cook up the pepperoni a bit.
  3. Pour the sauce into the skillet, and stir to combine.  Add red pepper flakes and reduce the heat to low.  Stir in chopped spinach or basil.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes to heat the sauce through.
  4. Serve hot!


  • Add any other pizza "toppings" you like~  sausage, salami, black olives, etc.
  • For Whole30 compliance, double check your marinara sauce and meats for additives.
  • If you tolerate cheese, you could sprinkle some on top at the end & pop the skillet under the broiler for a few minutes!

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