Holy cow… have you tried meatza yet?
It’s the quintessential picture of comfort food…
…Food to cuddle up on the couch to. Food that pleases everyone in the room, wherever that room may be. Food to celebrate a special occasion with. Food to serve the houseguests from out of town that you have no idea how to cook for.
Because let’s face it: If you could only take one food with you to a deserted island, what would it be? For me, and I bet a lot of you, there’s one cheesy, gooey, delicious dish that stands out above the rest…
The ultimate classic. The answer is obvious. Of course, my friends, I can only be referring to Italy’s most treasured culinary gift to the world: pizza pie.
Everybody loves pizza, us low carb eating healthy butt-kickers included!
If you’re living life to the fullest while being conscious of your carb intake, it’s likely that the carb content of standard wheat flour crust pizza has bummed you out before…
We’re with you. It’s hard to indulge in even a single piece once you know what it’s composed of—and what kind of person can eat just one piece, anyway?
Don’t be fooled, I didn’t just stumble upon this meatza recipe by accident…
No way, my friend. I’ve been around the low carb pizza block once or twice, and I’ve tried more than a couple variations.
I’ve seen zucchini pizza, chicken crust pizza, crustless pizza, and gluten-free store bought options before. I always had high hopes, and was ultimately a little disappointed with the competition. Not to mention the little ones in our lives, who were certainly less-than enthusiastic about trading their favorite pizza for a zucchini-based alternative (I mean really, can you blame them? Pizza made of vegetables?!)
I knew there had to be a way to cohere to our low carb guidelines and satisfy our pizza cravings with a version that’s just as pleasing and widely desired as the original flour crust recipe!
After much trial and error, I couldn’t be more elated to bring you a low carb pizza that’s truly worth its salt. This meatza rises above the pack because of it’s comforting, delicious, and satiating meaty base, and it will leave you feeling full and completely fulfilled.
This low carb pizza crust is crafted from seasoned ground turkey or beef—whichever you prefer (or have handy in your fridge!).
I went with ground turkey, as I’ve been wanting to try more low carb ground turkey recipes and add variety to the protein we eat! You’ll notice most people automatically opt for low carb ground beef recipes… but what better meal to add in turkey?! I mean the sauce, cheese and toppings add enough fat and flavor themselves—amiright?!
You’ll form the “crust” from the meat like you would a low carb meatloaf, check out this tutorial to get a better idea on how I incorporate those ingredients thoroughly:
If you opted for beef as your meatza crust, you’ll want to drain some of the juices and fats released from the pan before adding the toppings—no one likes a soggy pizza.
It’s important to use a rimmed baking sheet for this recipe. No matter what meat you use, some juices will release, and the last thing you need is that spilling into the bottom of your oven…
If you’re looking for a low carb pizza sauce in a pinch, I’m happy to report that there are an almost endless amount of options stocked on the shelves in your favorite grocery store…
Low carb pizza sauce walmart selections, sugar free pizza sauce walmart selections, keto pizza sauce brands, brands similar to Mutti aromatizzata pizza sauce, or Hunts no sugar added pasta sauce flavors are just a few of the jarred low carb spaghetti sauces to choose from!
Be sure to check the nutrition facts diligently and you won’t be disappointed—your favorite jarred sauce is likely low carb.
However, if you’re looking for a scrumptious low carb pizza sauce recipe to make from scratch, this recipe has you covered! Guarantee you’ll like it WAY more than than mutti pizza sauce 🙂
If you don’t make our low carb pizza sauce and opt for a jar version—I wont be mad, I promise—you’ll want to add more herbs to the “crust” of the pizza, as store bought versions tend to be a little more simple in flavor.
My favorite part about this recipe is the creative component to the toppings selection. Unlike your fathead pizza, we already have meat in the crust. Which may not be a reason to skip the meat toppings for some of you—but if you’re like me, it’s cheese sauce and veggie time.
A few of my favorite combos are:
1. Low carb pizza sauce, olives, mushrooms, and onions (meatlovers, low carb meatballs would be a delicious addition to this)
2. Keep it simple by topping with fresh basil leaves and spongy mozzarella to mimic the Italian classic margherita pizza—try swapping pizza sauce with low carb pesto!
3. Cause a little drama at the potluck by bringing a Hawaiian version with sweet elements like pineapple (higher in carbs, but if you’re ok with it) and red onions. Only made more delicious with low carb bbq sauce instead of the plain ole red stuff and red onions.
4. Use low carb Alfredo as a sauce… tastes great with mushroom, spinach and mozzarella as toppings!
5. Keep it simple! Tomato sauce, a mix of shredded cheeses and whatever veggies you have in the fridge!
6. Make a casserole. We all love the traditional hand-mouth vibe you get from holding a slice of pizza—why not try something a little less expected by creating an irresistible low carb pizza casserole with a deeper dish and handful of low carb vegetables, fresh basil, garlic, and a swirl of low carb white pizza sauce.
7. Personalized meatzas. Let’s be real, not everyone has the same pizza topping taste… Try rolling out personal-size meatzas and allowing everyone to top their creations themselves.
It’s really hard to go wrong when you’re talking about pizza. However you dress it up, your family and friends are going to fall in love with this crowd-pleasing king of low carb meals!
Let’s face it: eating well-balanced, low carb foods can become tricky at times.
And especially if you toss an… umm… less-than-motivated family into the mix (guilty!) This is the perfect recipe to push boundaries and try new things on the dinner table!
No matter your age, meatza brings joy and comfort into your healthy low carb eating plan, and hey, we could all use a little joy and comfort in our hectic lives. From our kitchen to yours- Saluti! (That’s Italian for Cheers!)
- 2 Pound Turkey ground
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Cup Low Carb Pizza Sauce*
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
- Seasonings basil, oregano, garlic or rosemary, salt and pepper (see notes above)*
- Toppings of Choice I used onions, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and Basil
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Lay a piece of parchment paper onto, or grease a rimmed baking sheet (must have a lip).
- In medium bowl, mix the meat, eggs, parmesan and spices (if using) with your hands until everything is well combined.
- Press the meat into a circular shape on your baking sheet. I used a second piece of parchment paper on top and a rolling pin to flatten it out. Cook until the turkey has cooked all the way through and no red is left – this took me about 25 minutes, but it depends on how thick you made your crust.
- Once cooked through, remove from the oven and crank it up to broil.
- Spread pizza sauce over meat, the mozzarella, and any toppings you’d like.
- Return to the over and broil. Watch closely, you only want to melt/brown the cheese, but at this temp the pizza can burn easily!
- Allow the pizza to cook before cutting and enjoy!
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