Low Carb Pizza

I gave in, I made the ‘flower pizza you all recommended and I tell you what… you were absolutely right. This stuff is life changing!

Mum isn’t allowed carbs because she’s pre-diabetic. The other day I spotted her looking longingly at my slice of homemade pizza and decided I was going to give in and give carb-free pizza a go, for her.

If you’re carb free, paleolithic, gluten free or just trying to cut back a bit then this is a total winner.

Just look at this!

I based my recipe on one from Lucky Penny.

To make one pizza you’ll need:

1 small cauliflower

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan

1/4 cup grated mozzarella

1tsp dried oregano

1 big clove crushed garlic

1 egg

Pinch of salt & pepper


Tomato pizza sauce (homemade or from a jar if you like)

About a cup of grated mozzarella

1 big pinch dried oregano

Any goodies you fancy! Spicy meatballs? Ham? Pineapple? Go wild.

Pre-heat your oven to 220C/430F and pop a large, flat baking tray in there to get hot too.

Grate your cauliflower until you’re left with ‘rice’ (about 2 or 3 cups).

Cover with a plate and put it into the microwave for four mins.

When it pings bring it out and tip onto a clean, dry tea-towel to cool down.

While it cools grate your cheese and put it in a large mixing bowl.

Once the cauliflower is cool enough to to handle, pull up the edges of your towel and wring all the moisture out of the rice.

Really squeeze it all out!

Throw it into the bowl with your cheeses.

Add your oregano, garlic & egg.

(Don’t panic, I’ve got two eggs because I made two pizzas!)

Stir it all together.

Lay a piece of grease-proof paper onto a chopping board and rub it with a bit of olive oil.

Squidge your ‘dough’ into a pizza shape on the paper.

Give it some nice round, pizza-ry edges.

Carefully remove your hot baking tray from the oven. Slide the paper and the base across onto the pan (carefully!) and put it back into the oven for about 10mins.

Pull it out when it looks all gloriously bronzed like this:

Smooth on your sauce, cheese, oregano & toppings (I went for prosciutto and sliced chillies.)

Pop the whole thing back into the oven for about 5 mins or until it’s all melted and bubbly.

I then threw on a few basil leaves.

Leave it to cool for a good 5mins and you’re ready to roll!

Slice it up!

Take a slice (or two)…

And with your very best pseudo Italian accent exclaim “Maaammmaaa mia, thassa good pizza!”

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  • Alice

    This is GENIUS. I am so impressed.


  • oh. my. days… it looks all kinds of awesomeness!

  • Yes. Just yes. That is all I can say about this recipe. You are like heaven’s gift, Rosie.

  • elizabeth norris

    I tried making cauliflower pizza a few weeks ago but missed the “wringing out the excess moisture step” and it was problematic. That step is quite important it turns out! I’ve been wanting to try again though so I’m glad to see your take in the recipe!

  • Katie Garay

    Ahhh…yum! And prosciutto and chilli as a topping…Genius.

  • Isabel

    great idea, I’ve been half-attempting a mainly gluten free diet so will have to try this!

    A Day in the Life

  • Chantelle

    This looks amazing! Definitely need to give this a go, the recipe is so simple too! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  • Becki Explorer

    Oh Yes! This looks amazing. Carb free pizza?! I have to ask though…..was it as good as a dough pizza?
    B x

  • Lou

    Amazing recipe – I tried this a while ago and it was great! A word of warning though: do NOT leave the tea towel used to dry the cauliflower anywhere without rinsing or washing it immediately. I left mine in the washing machine as I didn’t quite have enough for a full load, and when I got home from work the next day I discovered that it had gained the stinking power of a thousand atomic stink bombs. It took three washes to rid the machine, the towel and my poor clothes that got stuck with it of stale, foosty cauliflower stench. Your best bet would be to bin or burn it! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Janne

    Yummy! In all honesty, a lot of people have gluten sensitivity, so it’s great to try alternatives to pizza dough. I’ve never seen this before, thanks Rosie!

  • Michelle

    Definitely giving this a go! (:

  • skybluesounds

    looks delicious, can’t wait to try!!!

  • Fiona

    Hi Rose,
    Thanks for this amazing recipe, ive been following your blog now for around a year after stumbling across you looking for slutty brownies. I’ve now tried nearly all your recipes and not one has disappointed me, infact last night i tried your sticky pork and was amazed at how lovely it really was. Me and my partner will be trying this pizza at the weekend as im on a diet but love anything thats bad for me and now you’ve just made something that looks bad for me but is infact not at all.
    Hope you have a lovely trip away.
    Fiona πŸ™‚ x

  • Perfection! Cauliflower is a winner in the vegetable department. Who knew?! Trying this ASAP. XX

  • Amanda

    I made this after I saw Lauren Conrad talking about it and my god it is INCREDIBLE! Pizza will never be the same again!


  • violet rose

    Looks fab and as I am a coeliac will have a try! Love a new Gluten free recipe

  • I love carb free pizza! But I’ve never done cauliflower because I heard its not good. Yours looks tasty though πŸ™‚ I have done zucchini and also eggplant. I find that the squeezing part is really really time consuming, but the pizza makes the hubby happy, and he said he would help next time! Was your crust firm? It took me three tries to get mine firm enough to actually pick up without it crumbling. I’ll gives your a try soon πŸ™‚

  • What a fantastic idea! Looks as good as the usual carb load slices. Now to rush off and stock up on cauliflowers!

    FoodNerd x


  • I love this recipe, Rosie and can’t wait to try it out! My mom is pre-diabetic as well and I bet she will love it. Also, The Mister and I just like to keep an eye on our carbs/refined sugars (with the occasional treat)…so this will be a winner! Meghan xo http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com

  • Amy

    First Comment! WhooHoo πŸ˜€

  • This sounds amazing, but I do wonder how healthy this is overall with all that cheese? Which side of the anti-diet do you think this would fall under? πŸ™‚

  • lauz88

    This couldn’t have come at a better time, I was planning on making my first cauliflower pizza this evening! I’ve got some chicken and mushroom to put on mine. I was a bit dubious at first but I made cauliflower rice last night and it was incredible so I’m excited now!

  • The slow pace

    Wow! It looks so yummy! A cheese overload, isn’t it? Oh well, I love cheese so, fine by me.

  • Resa Chip

    There’s a tradition at my uni where every Friday night we make tons of pizza for everyone. We’ve never really made a successful gluten-free pizza, but this looks wonderful–definitely going to give it a shot! Thank you!

  • Sophia

    I keep meaning to try this out! Looks delicious, yum

  • Lottie Greenwood

    massive huge pizza cravings now!
    might have to make this one soon… i would top with extra cheese (maybe a bit of goats cheese) and pineapple!
    lottie πŸ™‚

  • Lucy

    Rosie, this looks gorgeous! I bet your Mum was thrilled πŸ™‚

    Lucy x

  • Sarah Quinn

    Hi Rosie, I would love to try this but I don’t have a microwave. Any suggestions? P.s made your soda bread on Monday…it was gorgeous.

    • Charlotte Hearn

      I also don’t have a microwave, so would like to hear people’s suggestions. Would steaming the cauliflower work?

    • I, too, don’t have a microwave. So any suggestions would be much appreciated!

    • I just boiled mine on the hob πŸ™‚

    • Kati Palin

      Yes, same boat, any suggestions would be fab! Also keen to try the egg fried “rice”

    • I put mine in a tray in the oven for 5 mins πŸ™‚

  • Definitely need to try out this recipe!

  • Caitlin Elizabeth

    This looks delicious.
    I can’t wait to give it a go!


  • Oh wow this actually looks like a legit pizza. I am salivating! I always like to try new healthy recipes so I’m definitely going to give this one a go.
    Also, side note I follow you on Bloglovin but the past week I haven’t been able to use any of the links popping up. It redirects me to a page saying that the connection doesn’t work. Luckily I love your posts so much I have resorted to manually typing in your web address whenever I see a new post pop up. Maybe worth having a look at?

  • I’m really so impressed by how creative people have gotten with food! Such a healthier alternative to an old favorite, and it looks just as scrumptious! πŸ™‚

  • Jestikian Ethiks

    nailed it πŸ™‚ ate it πŸ™‚ another idea tried this night is making a mini pizza on a large Portobello mushroom, if you can stand that much fungi in one sitting πŸ™‚


  • This looks amazing! Just thought I would let you know Rosie, when I click on your posts through bloglovin, it always directs me to a ‘Can’t connect to server page’, so I have to click your actual website address and that works fine. I’m not sure if it just me, but its happened a couple of times + I just thought I would tell you! xx

  • amanciolovers

    good suggestion!!!nam!

  • Shweta Chatterjee

    are you even real!! this is bloody amazing

  • Shweta Chatterjee

    why dont you have an iphone app!!

  • This looks delicious, I need to make this!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • This looks even nicer than actual pizza!


    Water Painted Dreams


  • Lucy Birchall

    Rosie you are a wonderful woman, thank you so much for sharing this recipe, just what I’ve been after! Looks divine, can’t wait to try this out at the weekend
    Lucy xxx

  • shammers

    thank you berry berry much for making your homepage show thumbnails for each post instead of each post!

    also BIGGGG thank you for the low-carb pizza! my 10 year old brother was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, so this will ease the transition a bit!

  • AVP Accessories

    this recipe seems so easy, even I could make it!


  • This looks great- I had a go at making your cauliflower stir fry the other day and it was fantastic! So i’ll be sure to give this a go ASAP =D


  • I tried the courgette version of this and it didn’t go very well – I’m going to try the cauliflower one. Really hoping as I’m desperate for something to replace pizza bases that isn’t quite so calorific!

    I meant to add my link: – http://www.kneadwhine.co.uk/2013/08/courgette-pizza-base.html

  • This looks delicious, I have to say I have never heard of a cauliflower base, but I have tried meatza, have you? I went for the bacon lattice base and it was the most unhealthy but delicious thing I think I have ever eaten, definitely worth the faff!


  • Jennifer Michelle

    Excellent suggestion, Rosie! Does anyone happen to know the calorie count?

  • marikiyota

    When are you going to write a book Rosie? πŸ™‚

  • Harry Bowley

    ahh this looks so good… am really tempted to have a try…!


  • Frances B

    I’m so impressed with the uses of cauliflower right now!

  • Yummmmmmmmy, pretty girl! Thanks for sharing xx


  • saradujour

    I never would have thought to use cauliflower as a replacement for carbs. First with your fried “rice” and now pizza. Great idea, Rose! http://www.saradujour.me

  • Helena

    YUM. You should try making chickpea blondies, it sounds crazy but they’re actually so delicious and there’s no flour at all. http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/04/flourless-chocolate-chip-chickpea-blondies-with-sea-salt-vegan-gluten-free-healthy/

  • Phoebs

    isnt it still pretty unhealthy with all that cheese? looks good though

  • Dickiegirl

    I cannot wait to try this!!!

  • This looks a bit of a faff to make, but the end result looks sooooo good I’m gonna have to try it!!

    Have a fab Thursday Rosie xoxo


  • Alix

    So excited to try this later!


  • Ali Zacharakis

    This is the answer to my prayers! I have been carb-free for 6-months now, pre-diabetic, and all I have been craving is pizza! Thank you so much for this helpful recipe πŸ™‚ Oh and by the way, I have converted my friends to your fried “rice”, they were skeptical at first, but now they see the wisdom of your ways. Please keep up the amazing blog! X

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

    This looks amazing, can’t wait to try this new spin on pizza crust!

  • Sepideh

    I’ve been meaning to try this as well!!! Looks delicious I’ll have to get to it soon!


  • Mayra Nunez

    I JUST MADE THIS! But my crust didn’t come out as sturdy as yours- I will re-do it with your recipe instead. The taste was amazing though. Going carb-free hasn’t been as hard as I thought, and I’ve already lost 17 lbs! Keep the carb-free recipes going! My next experiment is an eggplant lasagna πŸ˜›

  • Shweta Chatterjee

    I’m on a mission to try each and every recipe you have ever posted… Very Julie vs Julia I know… I think ur low fat recipes are Da Bomb… Tonight is guilt free chocolate peanut butter gelato night btw …

  • Aleksa Costa

    This is a great recipe, I was looking for a “healthy” pizza to make at home! I will try it out to see if mine can look as good as yours! Thanks for the tips =)

  • Caren

    This looks really yummy i am definitely going to make this sometime this weekend.

  • camilla

    I just made this pizza following your recipe and i have to say it was beautiful! lovely and light, no stodgy feeling after eating it, only down side, i had no grease proof paper and had to use foil.. BIG NO NO! it still tasted and smelt amazing!

  • Katie Brigstock

    This is a BRILLIANT idea. I have tried and failed to make many a gluten free pizza base but this looks like it could solve all the problems! I’m definitely going to give it a go, katie x


  • I made this but didnt have greese proof paper so I oiled a paper bag and unfortunately my delicious pizza stuck to the paper, so we had to scrape it off, but because I made such an amazing sauce base (green pesto/tomato paste/wholegrain mustard/horseradish) it was AMAZING! But def. not big enough, I could eat nine of these!

  • Kirsty

    Made this pizza today! Loved it!! I haven’t got a microwave so I boiled the “cauliflower rice” for a few minutes but it is very important to get rid off much liquid as possible! Will cook it again!
    Love your recipes Rosie! Keep them posting! Xx

  • No Sacrifice Bags

    I have never heard of this, so thank you for the recipe. I’m going to try this tonight!

  • SO intrigued by this… This is the next on the to try list after the ‘flower egg fried rice!

    Eve & Faye x

  • wow this looks amazing

  • elizabeth norris

    I made this last night and juiced the cauliflower–and used the pulp for the pizza. It actually worked really well.

  • jane turner

    This was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Gorgeous!!!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Dannielle

    Definitely trying this!

  • Dannielle

    Definitely trying this! Looks delish!

  • michela ampolo

    I MUST try this awsomeness. πŸ™‚


  • Isabelle Gill

    How do you make this without the crust sticking? We have tried two types of recipe and they both stuck to the baking paper! We had to scrape it off and basically ate melted cheese for dinner…

    • Sarah Margaret

      Make sure you cook your crust on a sheet of parchment paper generously brushed with olive oil. That worked for me!

  • Tabby P-g

    Rosie I made this last night and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe x

  • Sarah Margaret

    Hi Rosie,
    I am so inspired by your blog! I tried out this recipe last night and my pizza was DIVINE. http://districtvines.com/2014/01/22/guilt-free-pizza-with-cauliflower-crust/

  • Beckie Palmer

    This is so yum, my alternative when housemates are getting a takeaway!


  • Sim

    Absolutely delish! Altough my pizza stuck to the parchment paper which was terrible

  • Sim

    This was delicious, although I got a good serving of parchment paper since the entire base was stuck! euwwww- making the second one on tin well buttered tin foil

  • MM I NEED to make this πŸ™‚ x

  • Paul Bear

    Looks scrumptious. Also doubles as gluten-free, yes? The tomato sauce is probably the highest-carb ingredient on there, and the lycopene might make it a net gain.

    Paul | pizzainn.com.au

  • Lauren

    Is the purpose of putting the cauliflower in the microwave just to cook it? I don’t have a microwave and was wondering if I could just boil it instead? Thanks, and sorry for the comment on such an old post!

  • Lee Casteris

    We made it with spinach, artichoke hearts and sautΓ©ed sweet peppers. Wonderful recipe.

  • iBearo

    I made this for lunch and it was seriously delicious. I added some rocket leaves, quarter avo and some extra chilly flakes at the end.

  • charlotte

    im trying this with broccoli tonight… will let u kn ow how it goes :p

  • charlotte

    It was amazing with broccoli!!!!!

  • ebcangel

    I just made this…AMAZING! I tweaked it just a little since, what I thought was a small head of cauliflower came out to 4 1/2 cups, I basically doubled it. So I may have had less cauliflower that when you double a recipe but it held up. We were able to eat it with our hands! πŸ™‚ My little preschooler even said she liked it better than Pizza Hut! On my pizza stone it actually took about 15-17 minutes to get golden but it was worth the extra time. It made (2) 10-12 inch pizza’s and after 4 pieced I was stuffed and satisfied. I swear even if I went back to carbs tomorrow I would still make your crust! Thanks!!!

  • Elena Collins

    I made this tonight. Truly gorgeous. On my faves list. Thanks for sharing recipe xx

  • Sa Poplick

    The fun part about pizza is eating it without need of utensils. Does this hold?

  • Tried something similar with butternut squash and it was delicious. Will
    definitely have a go with cauliflour soon though! Learned my lesson
    about ‘wringing out excess moisture’ from some grated courguette burgers
    that just fell apart when I didn’t drain them properly.


  • willem

    Here’s a simple recipe with less effort than the cauli-base that still delivers a very nice pizza:

    Base ingredients:

    3 tbsp psyllium husks
    4 eggs
    200g grated cheese (whatever you prefer. I like the fairly pungent stuff.)

    Tomato paste
    Basil pesto
    Cherry tomato’s
    Camembert cheese
    Grated mozerella
    Whatever floats your boat πŸ™‚

    Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Mix the base ingredients and leave it to stand for about 10 minutes. Brush some coconut oil / olive oil on your oven trays. Divide your mix in two (if you want to, I usually just make a single large base) and spread on your trays. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until crispy).

    Smear your tomato paste and pesto on each base, throw on your toppings and put it back into the oven for 10 minutes.