Veggie Pesto Pizza w/ Homemade Cauliflower Crust

by Leona Russell 12/06/2020

Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

A dish just about everyone can agree on anytime is pizza, and this tasty recipe for veggie pesto pizza with a homemade cauliflower crust is a healthy alternative to delivery or frozen options. While it takes about an hour to prepare and cook, those extra few minutes of prep are well worth the results.

Ingredients for Cauliflower Crust

  • 1 Large Cauliflower Head, Stalk Removed
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella, Shredded
  • 1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • Crust Directions

    Get the oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment paper atop a baking sheet. Begin by breaking up cauliflower into small pieces and use a food processor until finely chopped. Give the cauliflower a gentle steam, drain well and allow to cool. Combine the cauliflower and the cheeses, spices and eggs into a bowl until well mixed.

    Place ‘dough’ onto the parchment lined baking sheet and begin kneading and spreading it into a circle or shape of choice. You can determine the thickness of your crust from thin to a hand-tossed style. Add any ‘extras’ to the crust if desired by brushing it with olive oil and sprinkling add-ons to the edges. Place atop a pizza pan. Bake for 20 minutes, and begin prepping the toppings.

    Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Pesto Sauce, Fresh or Pre-made
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach, Chopped and Packed
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped and Packed
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms, Sliced Thinly
  • 1 Medium Yellow Pepper, Julienned
  • 1 Cup Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 Tsp. Oregano, Fresh or Dried
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Halved
  • Rub the prepared cauliflower crust with a side of open garlic clove until the top is fully covered or to desired taste. Spread the pesto sauce atop the crust, adding extra if a saucier pizza is preferred. Top your masterpiece with the prepped spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, yellow pepper and sprinkle with the basil. Evenly spread the cheeses across the toppings and sprinkle the oregano to finish it off. Place in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted or until the crust reaches desired crispiness.

    When cut into 6 pieces, this pizza is only 310 calories with an estimated 4 grams of saturated fat—so enjoy it guilt-free with your family and friends in your new home anytime the craving strikes.

    About the Author
    Author

    Leona Russell

    In addition to helping my clients achieve their real estate goals, I help them to understand the tax advantages, financing alternatives, and investment aspects of home ownership and why now is an incredible time to buy. As a licensed Realtor, I'm focused on helping my clients to achieve their real estate goals. Everyone deserves a home. And my goal is to help individuals and families achieve the American dream of homeownership. In addition to providing guidance and managing the transaction, I begin the relationship by getting to know my clients and providing education about the process. I have found that when people understand what is going on and what is expected of them, they are less stressed and enjoy the experience more. Specialties: Teaching/Training, Market Analysis, Loss Mitigation, Negotiation(Certified Distressed Property Expert), Excellent Customer Service, Staging, Relocations, Investments (Residential Finance Consultant)