Pizza Stir-Fry

Sometimes the tastiest meals are created in a pinch.

pizza stir fry on a plate

In an effort to stick to our budget, I decided to get creative with the handful of ingredients we had left in our fridge this past week. I had a few pizza ingredients leftover from a photo shoot, so I had all of my favorite pizza toppings on hand, including green peppers and pepperoni. (Pepperoni isn’t something we eat often, but Applegate Farms is the cleanest brand I’ve found so far.) I also had a head of cabbage in my fridge, a few stalks of kale, and a glass jar of tomato paste in my pantry. Basically, I had everything I needed to re-create the flavor of pizza… but no crust.

I had a feeling that when sautéed, the shredded cabbage would almost become spaghetti-like, so I thought maybe I could just sauté everything together with the jar of tomato paste for a pizza “pasta” sort of dish. As it turns out, it’s more of a pizza-flavored stir-fry, but it’s so delicious I think I’ll be making it on a regular basis from now on!

The beauty of this recipe is that it is SO adaptable. Use whatever you have on hand! It has plenty of flavor with or without the cheese, so it can accommodate nearly any special dietary needs you may have. I hope you enjoy it!

Pizza Stir-Fry
Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 ounces pepperoni (optional)
1 cup kale, shredded
1 1/2 pounds cabbage, shredded
7 ounce jar tomato paste, no salt added
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 cup water, as needed for sautéing
2 ounces crumbled feta (optional)

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat, and sauté the onion, pepper, and pepperoni (if using) until tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the shredded kale, cabbage, tomato paste, salt, and oregano, and sauté until the greens begin to wilt. Add the water to help prevent sticking, and cover the pot to let the veggies cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.

preparing pizza stir fry

Remove the lid and stir, making sure all the liquid has evaporated– you may need to cook it for another few minutes to help reduce the liquid. Adjust any seasonings to taste and serve warm, with a sprinkling of feta over the top, if desired.

4.7 from 10 votes
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Pizza Stir-Fry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
A quick and easy stir-fry that tastes like pizza!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Calories: 511 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper , chopped
  • 3 ounces pepperoni (optional)
  • 1 cup kale , shredded
  • 1 1/2 pounds cabbage , shredded
  • 7 ounce jar tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup water , as needed for sautéing
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat, and sauté the onion, pepper, and pepperoni (if using) until tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add in the shredded kale, cabbage, tomato paste, salt, and oregano, and sauté until the greens begin to wilt. Add the water to help prevent sticking, and cover the pot to let the veggies cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and stir, making sure all the liquid has evaporated. Adjust any seasonings to taste and serve warm, with a sprinkling of feta over the top, if desired.

Note: I prefer to avoid canned foods as often as possible, so be sure to look for tomato paste that is sold in glass jars for best quality. Also, the tomato paste I used had no salt added, so be sure to adjust the salt as needed if you use a salted variety! 

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite meal to throw together in a pinch? I could eat pizza or spaghetti every single night, so I wind up eating something like this at least once a week, though the veggies usually change depending on what I have on hand.

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Comments

Sandra

Hi..I’m trying to come up with a healthy nightshade-free marinara replacement. This recipe looks so good! Maybe a healthy, perfectly combined, alfredo sauce! Is there such a thing?! My husband is eliminating nightshades from his diet right now and it ‘ain’t’ easy!

otilia da silva

Great recipe, it tastes so good. Instead of pepperoni try portuguese hot chorizo (sausage)
It’s to die for.

Rande | RandeMoss.com

We’re having this for dinner tonight, can’t wait!

Dee

I made this for dinner this evening. One family member doesn’t care for pepperoni, so I left it out. I added a pinch more salt and oregano and a bit of garlic powder. Everyone cleaned their plate. Thanks, Megan!

Aurial

I love this recipe and have made it several times. It freezes really well. I froze it in a ziplock for a little over 2 months. I let it defrost and and heated it in the oven, tastes just as good as fresh!

Ursula

This is delicious! A great alternative to pasta and my husband (who is not normally a fan of healthy/alternative food) loves it. I added black olives and goat cheese cut into strips.

Melissa

I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! Even my husband, who tends to be picky when it comes to healthier dishes, approved! I didn’t have pepperoni, so I substituted in ground beef (locally raised, hormone free) for his dish and left mine meat free. I also added mushrooms, as we are big mushroom lovers. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for the great recipe!

Kinsey

I made this for dinner tonight and am absolutely amazed at how yummy this is! I didn’t use any meat but did add mushrooms because my partner and I love them. He actually said this was one of the best vegetarian meals he has ever had. This recipe is definitely going to be a regular! Thank you!

Jenna

For the past 4-6 weeks, literally all of the meals I’ve eaten have been from your website/cookbook. I love how simple they are in preparation and ingredients – but SO flavorful and delicious! It’s changed the way I eat and the way I feel as a result! This recipe is one of my favorites! I throw a little of the walnut parmesan on top and it is just wonderful.

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