Italian Beef Casserole


4 cups cauliflower, chopped

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded and divided

Spray an 9" X 9" metal baking pan with a non-stick spray.

Place 1 1/2-2 inches of water in the lower part of a steamer, then bring water to a simmer.

Place cauliflower in the upper part of the steamer, cover and put the upper part over the water.

Steam cauliflower until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add ground beef, breaking it into small pieces with a spoon.

Season with salt and pepper then cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned.

Then drain off fat grease, if desired.

Add onions then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked and the onions are tender.

Turn heat to medium, then stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute more,

Stir in tomato sauce then add basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently.

When mixture is simmering, stir in cauliflower and 1/2 cup of cheese.

When cheese has melted and cauliflower is warm, taste and adjust seasoning.

Transfer to the prepared baking pan, then sprinkle the rest of cheese over the top.

Put oven rack 8 inches below heat element in oven. Preheat broiler. (If using a glass pan, set oven to 425.)

Place the casserole under the broiler (or in preheated oven) until cheese has melted, then cool slightly before serving.
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