Recipe Box: Doughless Pizza

Whenever I get an insatiable pizza craving (and I’m trying to be good), I come up with alternative ways I can enjoy that cheesy, saucy taste sans carbs…

A few weeks ago, I attempted a carb-less version (see Exhibit A) that I kind of made up. Basically, I threw together all the veggies I could find (zucchini, broccoli, tomato, onion, mushrooms) and steamed them. Once they were tender, I mixed them with chunky tomato sauce and poured the hodgepodge of vegetables it into a baking dish. Finally, I layered sliced mozzarella cheese over the top and baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes (until the cheese melted). To be honest, it was pretty darn good. And it totally hit the spot! After the success of this experiment I did as any good blogger would do and took to the Internet in search of a truly carb-less pizza recipe to share with all of you. And let me tell you, I found a goldmine!

Exhibit A:


It may sound so wrong, but it’s just so right: Cauliflower Crust Pizza. I found the recipe on Eat, Drink, Smile and am really excited to try it. The entire crust is only 434 calories, which is just insane. Usually a single slice of pizza will cost you 400 calories alone. With this cauliflower version, one serving is just 109 calories. Crazy… Anyway, I have posted the recipe for you below. I’d love to hear what you think about it after giving it a try…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Recipe courtesy of Eat, Drink, Smile.



Serves 2


  • 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Β½ teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Β½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • olive oil (optional)
  • pizza sauce, shredded cheese and choice of your toppings*


To “rice” the Cauliflower: Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself. One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To Make the Pizza Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
  3. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven.
  5. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

*Note: Toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.

For more tips on making this recipe, check out Eat, Drink, Smile.

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think in the comments below!

Do you have a healthy pizza recipe? How do you satisfy your pizza cravings?

XO Lauren

Source: Eat, Drink, Smile
Categories: Dine, Recipe Box
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  • Amanda Lehrke

    This actually sounds really good!!! I love pizza so much, I can never give it up for that long, nothings really satisfies my cravings. I definitely need to try this recipe out πŸ˜€

  • Keri Smith

    I’m very excited to try this out. I can’t eat wheat/gluten at all and have been DYING to eat pizza!

  • Sprinkling Sugar

    Love it, pizza is soooooo good i just wish it was lower cal! Here is my recipe for NO-FRY fried chicken strips. The trick to reducing calories (besides baking the chicken) is to not coat the pieces in buttermilk or egg…but to use mustard or some other delicious sauce!

  • lilybee

    ooh looks good! check out this quinoa pizza, it’s a similar idea–also gluten-free!

  • Lore Montes

    wow! i gotta try this soon!!!

  • Amanda McCarty

    I love eating pizza, an i’ve always wonder if there was a healthy way to make one.. An this recipe sounds so delish!! I can’t wait to make it. πŸ˜€ thnxs for this recipe

  • mckalli

    mmmmmmm…yeammy…cant wait to make it..thx lauren!!!

  • Lauren Conrad

    Upload your recipes and I’ll post them in the Gallery!

    Here’s how:

  • Adam Wescott

    cauliflower crust is genius!

  • Kimmy S

    YUM! I’m so making this! My boyfriend is going to laugh at my though when we finds me ricing cauliflower for pizza crust haha… I like to make mini saltine pizzas when I have a pizza craving. I take a saltine, put a little sauce and some mozzarella and heart it for a few seconds. It’s so good and totally hits the spot!

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  • Yasmine Gonzalez

    I came across this amazing site last year, and I have followed her dishes to the tick. The food tastes great and it is a great way to watch your weight! I highly recommend when craving pizza! Its sooooo yummy and healthy! What more can a girl ask for?

  • Lauren Sorrentino

    I’m not a fan of cauliflower but I wonder if this receipe would work with broccoli.

  • Sarah Ostlund

    Interesting, what is the texture of the crust like? Has anyone tried it?

  • Carolyn Drover

    I cannot wait to try this! :)

  • Melissa Panici

    Oh wow Lauren this looks amazing!! I am definately going to try this! As soon as I do, I will let you know what I think!:) I was eating regular old pizza from Arnis so I’m sure mine wasn’t the healthiest! Can’t wait to try your recipe! Thank you Lauren:)

  • Ashlee

    This is perfect. I tried to make a pizza the other night, it looked great but tasted horrible. So excited to try these recipes.

  • Aubrey Wright

    Does ayone know if this can be put into a casserole dish to make it a thicker crust pizza rather than a thin chrispy crust, will it fluff up and get thick? My husband doesn’t really care for thin chrispy crust so I am wondering how this would turn out in a different pan!

  • Fanni Szuromi

    Lauren this is awesome! Thank you! I’m lactosintolarence and I hardly eat flour too. So me this recepie is so helpful! Thank you! :) Fanni from Hungary

  • Jerri Fitz

    Hey Lauren! Check out this recipe for a Tortilla Pizza that I submitted to the Gallery:

    I wasn’t able to attach a picture, but there’s a photo of it in my album here:

    The Tortilla Pizza is super thin and crispy – and you can find whole grain, low-carb tortillas in any supermarket. It’s a great way to cheat when you really have a craving!

    I’m definitely looking forward to giving your pizza tips a try!

  • Ashley Stelmack

    This is PERFECT for those are are gluten-intollerant or have celiac disease!!!! Thank you so much!

  • Kirby

    Hey! I love making low-carb/carbless pizza with potabella mushrooms! Take a mushroom and place it cap up (all the ruffles showing). Then put sauce, toppings and cheeses that you like inside the cap. Heat for about 10-15 minutes at 250 and check on pizza. The cheese dhould be melty and the mushroom darkened but not wilty. Enjoy! I love this! ps with heating directions I’m assuming all your veggies are thawed. : )

  • Kirby

    pps in the summer grilling you pizza on the BBQ is so delish.

  • Shellz

    id like to try it..looks yummy!lol

  • natalie iredale

    Sounds amazing I will have to try! Great for those on slimmingworld too!x

  • Maria Abbruscato

    Great recipe!!! Xoxoxo

  • Lindsay Advincula

    that sounds so good! i have a weakness for pizza!

  • tasha gaddis

    That looks really yummy! :)

  • Sophie Hollands

    Omg looks and sounds devine! I am gluten free so perfect for me :)

  • LilZilla

    i’m going to make this and not tell my fiance its not “”real”” pizza… gotta try to sneak in ways to make him eat and be healthy!!

  • Gianina Schettini

    I will try it sounds interesting!! πŸ˜€


  • Beth Sachan

    Hi Lauren- thanks for sharing my recipe with all of your readers! It really is quite yummy, and honestly, most people probaby wouldn’t even detect that it’s cauliflower being used.

    Of course, as I said, you won’t be fooled into thinking it’s a flour crust, but it’s still fantastic!

  • Jennifer Haring

    I made the cauliflower pizza when I was doing the 17 day diet and couldn’t have any carbs. It was tasted good, but had to be eaten with a fork. But it is definitely a great recipe to work with and find what works best for you.

  • sam sam

    Spaghetti Squash Pizza!!

  • Glorietta88

    I am Italian and I can’t kill Pizza!!!but it sounds good.. :)

  • Sarah Dam

    ermmmm.. I love bread too much!

  • Michela Garau

    I love pizza and I’ll try your recipe. And, because I’m Italian, I’ll give you the recipe of the real Italian pizza πŸ˜‰

  • Megan Babin

    omgosh..this sounds delicious!!! I will definitly have to try this

  • Julie Madsen

    I tried this last night and it was amazing! I think I like it better than regular pizza. My husband thought so too!

  • LowCarbHottie

    This awesome recipe was adapted from the original created by my low carb hottie friend over at

    Great to see the news about cauliflower crust pizza spreading! Soooooo good.

  • Catrina

    The hotness that is Cleochatra from “”Your Lighter Side””
    is the creator of the original “”Cauliflower Crust Pizza”” and she’s amazing in the kitchen!! Love her!

  • Maureen Feltz

    Love this recipe, Lauren! My husband and I love to make our own homemade pizzas with our pizza stone :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Naomychelsea Meyer

    interesting, it makes you hungry I will immediately make the recipe .. This recipe c’es you who invented it?

  • Jackie Zore

    I would suggest staying away from any type of cheese. Cheese is both high in fat and calories. So one could save even more by leaving it off of all foods. For some people, dairy products can be bad for the complexion. So be wary!

  • Sarah Carrington

    my boyfriend and I made the cauliflower crust pizza…holy wow SO delicious! thank you so much for posting this! <3

  • Heidi Dufresne

    Hey Lauren, Thanks for posting this recipe! I read it on your site today and was intrigued so I asked my husband to go get us some cauliflower (which we never eat). Then he asked what I was making. I said “”pizza.”” He was so skeptical but God love him, not only did he go get the head of caulifower at the store but he also helped me make the pizza. Depite the odd odor of cauliflower after you cook it (seriouly -a little ew), we follwed the recipe and when we took a bite – we just about fell off our seats – it was SO DANG DELICIOUS!!! We are total big fans of this recipe and will be making lots more of these pizza in the future. We are so excited to have a new healthly pizza recipe and lordy, did we need it! Thank you again. You rock!

  • Jody

    I wasn’t sure how you were doingthis doughless pizza but the cauliflower “”dough”” is genius! I make cauliflower rice all the time. Its so yummy so I’m really excited to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Sarah Gargagliano

    Made this tonight and it turned out absolutely amazing! So yummy and totally satisfied my pizza craving! Thanks Lauren!

  • Aja Doe

    I wanna try this so badly! Veggie pizza is one of my favorite foods but the calories, carbs, and sodium is very high.

  • Alice Parker

    Wow this looks great, i cant wait to try it! I was just wondering what does your daily diet look like?

  • Kayla Rowe


    made it last night…. SOOoo good, i loved it, i want to eat it all day long!

  • Brunimer Salmeron

    Oh my Goooood! i must say i thik i like it more than real pizza. I am currently living in Montevideo, Uruguay, and I stopped eating pizza because they are not very good. But now i think i will have the awsome taste of it again and the best part of ever It is a much more healthier one. Thanks God for this Recipe hahaha

  • Amanda Steeves

    Skeptical at first, but it was ah-maz-ing! Thanks for sharing this with us! Always looking for different ways to eat healthy and fun :)

  • Lola

    This recipe sounds so good. I use wheat and gluten free pizza bases but the caulifower crust sounds like it would be really tasty,.

  • Jenna DeWaters

    Does anyone know if you can use egg whites instead of a whole egg? Will it effect the consistency?

  • Stephanie Ball

    I just tried this and it was amazing! My mom makes a vegtable pie using cauliflower, so the pizza crust reminded me a lot of that. Delish!

  • DeAnna Ramirez

    this was so delish. i made 2 big pies and they are already gone!

  • Ib N

    It sounds good ill try it sometime :)

  • emily ward

    just found this… BF and I are doing no-carb dinners… AMAZING he loved it and didn’t even know it was doughless. Def making this again

  • Nancy Austin

    has anyone been able to make the crust not… flimsy? I made this last night and couldn’t get the pizza off the pan because the crust was not sturdy

  • Michelle Martinez

    Ahh! I’m Catholic and for lent I decided to give up bread, pasta, tortilas and potatos. Since Fridays (no meat) make this a little more difficult than this already is for me, I decided to look up recipes and instantly was reminded of this. I’m so excited to try this! Thanks!!!

  • Brianna Padilla

    FINALLY making it. It smells sooo delicious!

  • Blair Bigsley

    Nancy (#61), it isn’t really meant to be had without a fork and knife because it is a somewhat “”flimsy”” crust. Its just the better alternative to a pizza, of course. However, I’ve always let the baking time without the toppings run a few minutes longer. Regardless, you’ll always have a somewhat soggy center but everything else proves to be a bit crispier. I, also, add flax seed, which may help.

  • Michelle D

    I love cauliflower crist pizza! This is a good recipe too, it is for cauliflower pizza bites:

    I also found a recipe for pizza with a ground turkey crust that I want to try:

    All of her other recipes that I have made are good so I bet this one would be too!

  • Martin M

    Perfect recipe! Gonna try it out today. Sounds really good :)

    Always looking for new blogger friends :) xoxo

  • Katja Remes

    omg, we’ll surely try this out. I love pizza, but I’m eager to find “”healthier”” version… thanks for the tip :)

  • First nameSusan Last namevacca

    Just made this for supper. I’m trying to stay low carb. It was delicious. I probably have enough riced cauliflower to mske 3 more crusts

  • Britney Sinclair

    Will be trying this for dinner tonight . . . part of my 7 days to skinny jeans plan!!!!

  • Emily Broughton

    Wow this looks amazing and i cant wait to try it but with the calories is it 109kcl for a serving of the pizza or the serving of the crust? Thanks :)

  • Lillian M

    In the oven and smells delicious! The crust is kinda flimsy though, so I’m leaving it in for a while. What can I do to make it crispier? Pizza isnt meant to be eaten with a knife and fork

  • Amy Palin

    Yea, you have to eat it with a fork and knife and it isn’t quite pizza dough but it is delicious! I put sauteed peppers, mushrooms and pepperoni on it and cooked my crust a tad longer than 15 minutes, trying to crisp it up. It still got a little soggy in the middle but all in all, I would definitely make this again as a healthy pizza substitute!

  • Danielle Solomon

    the cauliflower pizza was gross.

  • Lea Johnson

    I haven’t made this, but from the comments, it seems that it didn’t go over as well as many had hoped. I stopped making homemade pizza on regular dough about 4 years ago! My trick? Mission Whole Wheat Carb Balance LARGE/Burrito size tortillas! I just spread sauce, toppings, and cheese topped with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper and bake in the oven at 400 degrees. Seriously! This stuff is delicious!! Not to mention – since you have them on hand, you can have pizza almost whenever you want with NO prep! 210 cal 5g fat NET 6g Carbs! They make a smaller size too which is nice to pair with a salad.

  • rosalynde.

    i found a way to solve the mushy crust! it is better to cook this pizza as a meal prep. i cooked mine and it was so mushy i couldn’t even take it out of the pan!! so what i did was refrigerate over night. when i tried again in the morning the pizza came out well. I used olive oil to grease my pan, but i would recommend using some parchment paper while baking. this will make it easier to move the pizza around.
    to reheat i just broiled for about 5 minutes (or until cheese got super bubbly)
    the crust was still soft but definitely had more of a body.
    hope that helps! happy eating :)

  • Caitlin

    I LOVED it! It was seriously so good and believe me I HATE cauliflower. So with that said I was super shocked that I liked it, I thought it was better than some real pizza. The crust was a little mushy, but it didn’t bother me, I just used a fork and knife vs. picking it up with my hands. I have shared this recipe with all my healthy eating friends. Thanks!

  • Madeline Monaco

    Made this the other day and though it DEFINITELY didn’t look like the second picture, the first picture posted here accurately showed what your pizza will turn out like. Don’t expect a fluffy pizza-doughy crust. BUT the crust was a perfect layer to hold up all of my veggies and pesto, even if it was hard to get out of the pan. Read other comments below because some people have found a solution to the mushiness! Pictures on my blog post of my final result here:

  • Laura Holtz

    I just made this and it was soooo good! My mom loved it too. Thanks for this fabulous recipe:))

  • Shilps

    I understand trying to be low carb, but this has SOOO much cheese in it! Equal parts cheese and cauliflower? Cheese is high in fat and not really that healthy. I mean I love cheese and this is great, but I can think of better “”bikini body”” foods.

  • Lana Liss

    I made this tonight and it was delicious. I ate the whole thing its basically the size of a small pizza. I used goat cheese instead of mozerella in the crust and topping because I cant eat mozzerlla. My crust was not mushy at all – actually quite firm. I also let the crust cool before putting the toppings on and sticking it under the broiler. Try using a less ‘watery’ like consistency for the sauce. I made half of the pizza with pesto and the other half with a tomato sauce (just used classico – it was easy and the jar was already open). It was lovely and light and great dinner. I topped it with peppers, mushrooms and spinach and a little parmasean. Very impressed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenny

    Just made the cauliflower pizza, and it was better than i could have imagined! I put it in a 9″” cake pan, and it barely covered the bottom, so it was a very thin crust! Perfect! I tried that crust by itself before i added toppings and it was so good by itself! But i put half the pizza back in with toppings, and it was yummy!!! Thank u!

  • levis

    Your pizza looks amazing! Thanks for hosting! pakistan pizza hut deals

  • Megan Elliott

    I just made this last night! It actually ended up tasting great! This will definitely be my go-to from now on!

    xo Megan,

  • E

    Each time I make the cauliflour Pizza ……it keeps getting better!
    This time i did not cook the cauliflour before ricing, i just blitzed it raw in the food processor into rice and added parmesan cheese instead of Mozzarella and the base is much firmer and holds together better. Super tasty and healthy.

  • hals1234

    To make the crust more sturdy: Once cooked you can flip the crust over and cook for a little longer, then leave to cool completely before moving onto a flat baking sheet, then re-bake instead of broil with toppings on top, this also works really well for this version:

    which is just as yummy!

    And for all you ‘dietary fat’ haters out there this recipe wasn’t designed to be a healthy balanced meal it exists for those of us who properly restrict our carb intake, if you want a ‘low fat’ version just switch your cheese and oils to low fat, chose your toppings wisely, and remember all the ‘fat’ that’s in real Pizza!

    :) enjoy!

  • Lena Ameri

    This is an awesome idea! I’m going to try this very very soon!

    Come check out some of my ideas at my magazine:

  • Kiersten alex

    I love cauliflower crust pizza! The Green Kitchen Cookbook also offers and an amazing recipe for it – one that’s lactose intolerant friendly too :)

  • Amber Nicole

    This was amazing!!! I topped mine with artichokes!! Thanks for sharing!

  • teresa emm

    I just attempted the cauliflower crust pizza and it is absolutely wonderful! I topped mine with pesto sauce, a little mozzarella, goat cheese, and spinach, and it was divine!

  • Kaylmac

    Just made this for supper and it was delicious! Even with the cheese on this pizza, it’s healthier than a regular dough crust pizza AND the cheese.

  • Stephanie

    I don’t have a microwave, how long should I put the riced cauliflower in the oven and what temp?

    • Jessy

      Hahaha! Great question, as we don’t have a microwave either! Thought perhaps we were the only ones. I’m going to take a guess and say 350 for 5-10 minutes would be sufficient.

  • Bree

    can we use a cheese substitute like daiya for the crust?

  • Sheena

    Anyone have an ideas on what I can replace the egg with in the crust?

    • Whitney Beasley

      Hi Sheena! I haven’t made this yet, but I, too, have been thinking of options to replace the egg. Chia seed gel (soaked chia seeds) are used to replace eggs often in vegan cooking. I’m going to try that.

      • Viana

        you can also make a “flax egg” by mixing 2 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with a 1 tablespoon with water letting it sit for a couple of minutes then adding to the crust. hope it helps!

  • Hannah Kane

    This looks amazing!!

    I’ve written a blog post on my version of a cauliflower pizza, it’s no where near to this standard of the incredible Lauren Conrad, but I’m still learning, it’d be great if anybody wanted to check it out :)



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