Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

 
If you have followed our blog at all you know Sue and I have shared a couple of  different vegetable crust pizza recipes. Our Cauliflower Crust Pizza and our Spinach Crust Pizza have been very popular.
Lately I have been all over everything spaghetti squash so I decided to see if I could come up with a spaghetti squash pizza crust. This one is definitely my favorite of the veggie crusts thus far.
For one quarter of its pizza-y deliciousness the nutritional info is:
Calories: 212
Fat: 10
Carbs: 14
Protein: 16
Umm....yeah.....that's for 1/4 of the pizza. That's HUGE people!
 
This is only 1/8 of the pizza. So...only 106 calories!! Crazy, right?
 
Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza
 
Ingredients
4 cups cooked spaghetti squash (2 small)
1 cup mozzarella (partly skim/shredded)
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp parsley, dried
salt & pepper
 
Toppings
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/4 onion, diced
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup fresh spinach, torn
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
 
Directions
Preheat oven to 400. Line pizza pan with parchment paper (DO NOT skip the parchment paper!!). Set aside.
Press your spaghetti squash in a strainer to get out any excess moisture (or use cheesecloth).
In a large bowl, combine spaghetti squash, mozza cheese, egg & whites, garlic, and spices. Mix together until well combined.
Let sit for a few minutes - if you notice a lot of liquid gathering in the bottom of the bowl then drain it off.
Press the squash mixture evenly into the prepared pizza pan.
 
 
Bake at 400 for 12 - 15 minutes, until crust appears dry.
While the crust is baking - saute the mushrooms and onion in a fry pan until mushrooms are soft and onions are translucent. Remove from heat.
Remove pizza crust from oven.
 
 
Spread the pizza sauce over the crust. Spread your onion and mushrooms and spinach over the sauce. Top with the Parmesan cheese.
 
 
Return to 400 degree oven and bake another 10 - 15 minutes or so - until cheese is bubbly and edges of crust are browned. You can place under the broiler for a minute or two if you really want to brown things up.
 
 
Let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting. You can use the parchment paper to slide it off the pan to make it easier to cut. (Just run a butter knife around the edge to loosen from the sides of the pan)
 
 
Dig in!!
This veggie crust is a little higher in calories than the cauliflower and the spinach version BUT is still way less than "regular" pizza. It does have more protein than the other versions and is still less carbs than a "regular" pizza.
Oh, yeah, I should probably mention you won't be able to pick this up to eat it...maybe when it is cold but definitely not when it is hot.
Break out the forks people!!
I know I tend to ramble on when I like a new dish but I can't help it.
This is just so tasty...
and healthy...
and pizza-y....
and
addicting!
Try it...you'll see why I can't shut up about it. :)
 
Be sure to stop by Jam Hands and Six Sister's Stuff and Love Bakes Good Cakes and Carole's Chatter for some fantastic links!!

34 comments:

  1. This is an excellent idea! So much healthier than regular pizza! I love spaghetti squash!

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    1. If you love spaghetti squash then you should definitely try this pizza! :)

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  2. i have been eyeing the cauliflower crust for a while.. but this looks even more gorgeous. pinned it.

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    1. Thank you :) It turned out very yummy!

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  3. This does sound very yummy. Quick question: what size pan did you use?

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    1. I just went and measured :) It is 12 inches across.

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    2. Thanks dinner for this weekend is settled thanks to you, can't wait

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  4. Making it right now!! I can't wait to eat it!

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  5. I did exactly what this recipe says and my squash never turned out like a crust. I even left it in the oven longer. So basically it was a spaghetti bake that tastes like pizza, but it's awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

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  7. Hi,

    Thank you for the recipe! This is a really great alternative to gluten free "flour" pizza. I made these modifications and got it crispy enough to pick up like real pizza:

    - spread cooked squash loosely out on sheet and baked again for 30 minutes at 150 to dehydrate a little.

    - after spreading mix onto parchment I patted down firmly with paper towel to absorb some more moisture and compress squash.

    - baked at 400 for much longer than directed, (maybe due to oven) and flipped over once onto another parchment sheet to crisp the bottom.

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  8. Thanks! I made this and enjoyed it.

    Linked recipe back to you.

    http://bestoflongislandandcentralflorida.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for linking back. So happy you liked it :)

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  9. best pizza i've ever ate!

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  10. Tried this tonight - except added a little ground flax and bean flour ... I baked the crust for a LONG time... and pulled it out after 45 minutes.. I then realized if I flipped the crust.. it might become a bit crispier!

    I managed to flip the pizza crust onto a new piece of parchment paper... and it's crisping up beautifully.

    Thanks for the recipe

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  11. For a low oxalate diet...omit parsley & tomato sauce since they are high in oxalate

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  12. My mother makes this for anything where she has to bring a dish. Sometimes she even prints the recipe out on little index cards because people always ask for it. www.valentinospizzaandsportsbar.com

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  13. THIS WAS AWESOME!!! My kids even ate it... Make sure you really get the squash as dry as possible... Great recipe! I also bumped the oven up to 425 degrees to cook the crust...

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  14. Mmmm! Great recipe! I didn't have parchment paper so I used aluminum foil and it turned out just fine!

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  15. I make this often. slice it open, top to bottom, like a watermelon. Scoop out seeds. poke with fork, place in glass baking pan face down in a very little water, cover and nuke on hi for 10 minutes, depending on size, until tender to the push. Place on wire rack open end down. bake on 350 for 20 minutes, turn off oven, let sit over night
    I use same recipe, adding 1 tsp garlic powder, 18 tsp sea salt, 2Tbsp pecorino cheese and 1.5 tsp oregano.
    it is important to utilize all the squash and scrape all the flesh off of the skin. I take an extra step to chop it all up, easier to spread.
    I just keep flipping it until it is dried, can use as "toast" points, as well.
    Other variations, use original base recipe in this blog. before popping into oven, top with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, dried onions, pine nuts, course salt... you get the idea.
    have fun!

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  16. My kids are allergic to dairy. Is the mozzarella totally needed or is there a possibly a replacement?

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    1. Yes, unfortunately the cheese is necessary as a binder. Without it the pizza would probably fall apart. You could try and sub a non-dairy cheese, such as a soy cheese, to see how that worked. Hope that is helpful!

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  17. Awesome recipe. I'm going to try using a pizza stone to get the crust crispier.

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  18. This looks great! But my daughter is allergic to eggs and egg substitutes. Are there any other options for binding ingredients?

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    1. Hi Cynthia, sorry we can't be of much help as we have only ever made it with eggs. My only suggestion would be to make it in a deeper dish and serve it as more of a casserole type dish. You could still use the pizza toppings, etc... just not bake it on a pizza pan. Hope that helps! :)

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  19. Ok, can't believe I'm writing this, however, this turned out awesome! I drained and pressed out moisture in squash before mixing cheese, eggs, etc. I pressed it all into a 12" tart pan with removable bottom. Worked perfectly w/o parchment, drizzled a bit of evoo on bottom of pan. I did bake it for at least 30 min. I topped mine w/sauce and chopped grilled vegs, i.e. zuchini, eggplant, garlic, roasted red peppers.........whatever cooked vegs available....sooo good!
    After my raving over it, my daughter made it for her family...five small children....and they loved every bite!
    I can't wait to try the cauliflower version......tomorrow!
    We are serious veg eaters.....thank you for the great ideas!
    BTW, I made the black bean brownies and I cannot believe how delicious they are! Bringing them to my grands to see them inhale them! I have never written anything like this before, but had to let people know how impressed I was with your recipes.
    Love to cook healthy, tasty food.......thanks again...you've got my attention.

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon! We are so happy you enjoy our recipes and that you took the time to leave us a comment on how you made this recips :)

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  20. Just baked the cauliflower crust pizza......looks great! This time I used a 10" spring form pan. Medium size cauliflower. Choped cooked, grilled: chicken, onion, summer squash, zuchini, and roasted red pepper. I microwaved the head of cauliflower while whole for 6 minutes. Cooled slightly, chopped and put into food processor, several pulses...perfect. Baked crust approx 25 min, added sauce and vegs with shredded medley of Italian cheeses on top, baked 5 min until cheese melted...yummmmm!

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    1. Yay! So happy you enjoyed that one too!

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  21. I can't wait to try this pizza, Thanks for sharing..

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