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Low Carb Philly Beef Casserole is a Hensley kitchen favorite

By Angelia Hensley • Nov 6, 2019 at 10:05 AM

In all honesty, this is probably one of my favorite recipes that we have tested in the Hensley kitchen for a low-carb, great-tasting, satisfying and delicious meal. If you close your eyes, click your heels three times, and chant, “I taste the bread, I taste the bread, I taste the bread,” you will almost believe that you are having a genuine Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich from a street vendor in Philadelphia or the local Sonic.

We have charged full-steam ahead with this low-carb cooking thing and are proud to report that our doctor has given us both great reports on our bloodwork! We have both eaten well, found ourselves full after a meal, but have a strong desire for certain textures and crunchiness of some foods that are now missing from our kitchen and pantry. We’ve felt satisfied but sometimes slightly deprived. However, we will continue the quest of discovering delicious meals that are low-carb and sugar-free and sharing them here at the encouragement of our doctor who seemed really impressed with our numbers.

Meat, cheese, nuts and vegetables are now our true friends. Good luck to all!

Low Carb Philly Beef Casserole


1½ lbs. ground beef

1 medium green pepper, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1 large onion, diced

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 small can green chilies, not drained

1 to 3 tsps. red pepper flakes, to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

2 to 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

1/8 cup shredded Romano cheese, divided

4 eggs

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. hot sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown the ground beef, onions, peppers and garlic until just browned. Drain the grease and return to the pan over low heat. Add the green chilies, red pepper flakes and salt/pepper. Mix well in the skillet. Add half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Add enough cheese to made the mixture ooey-gooey. Stir to combine and for the cheese to begin to melt. Transfer this mixture to a greased 9-by-11 pan. Top with the remaining cheeses.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Poor this mixture evenly on top of the cheese/meat pan. Bake for 35 minutes, and let it rest for five minutes before serving. If necessary, broil on high for one to two minutes to brown the top.

Mount Carmel’s Angelia Hensley is a community contributor for the Kingsport Times News.