Introduction: Low Carb, High Protein Pizza With Homemade Sauce
Ever been craving pizza, but you're on a high protein or low carb diet? This is the answer to your craving - a pizza crust without wheat or yeast, but delicious and you don't need a fork to eat it.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
For the pizza crust, you will need:
1 8oz package cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, brought to room temperature
1 cup parmesan cheese - shredded or grated
9x13" baking pan
cooking spray to coat pan
For the sauce, you will need:
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup sangria
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Toppings of your choice, we used 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and sliced pepperoni.
Step 2: Prepare and Bake the Crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, cream cheese and parmesan and mix well with a fork or spatula. Don't panic if the mix looks very wet and runny, it will firm up as it bakes.
Coat the 9x13" baking pan with the cooking spray, then spread the mixture to cover the bottom of the pan.
Place pan on a rack in the middle of oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until crust is firm and lightly browned.
Step 3: Make Your Sauce
In a medium bowl, mix tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt and garlic, then add sangria to thin the mixture to a spreadable, but not too thick consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Remove baking pan from oven when crust is lightly browned on top. Stand to cool for a few minutes. It is normal for the crust to shrink as it bakes.
Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
Spread the sauce over the crust, then add toppings of your choice. A nice thick bed of mozzarella helps everything stick together. We covered our pizza with a lot of pepperoni.
Place pan back in oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and it looks delicious. Remove from oven and let stand a while; it will be too hot to eat for about 10 minutes.
Remove from pan, slice and enjoy.