Cauliflower-Crust Margherita Pizza

IMG_8764.JPGI’ve been wanting to attempt to make a cauliflower crust for my next pizza quest, but chickened out when I found these pre-made crusts at Whole Foods.IMG_8739.JPGThey are gluten and grain free and are made with egg whites.  IMG_8740.JPGAnd 1/4 of the crust is only 110 calories.  IMG_8743.JPGI made this pizza in about 20 minutes, AND I made my own sauce!!IMG_8744.JPGPreheat your oven to 425 degrees.IMG_8748.JPGRoughly chop 3 large heirloom tomatoes or tomatoes of your choice.IMG_8747.JPGIn a pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add 1 clove of garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.  Stir and cover pot.  Cook for 10 minutes.  IMG_8754.JPGPlace your crust on a non-stick pan and bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven.IMG_8752.JPGScoop your tomato mixture into a blender and puree. Place back in pot and bring back to a boil, stirring occasionally for five minutes.  This will thicken your sauce.IMG_8755.JPGIMG_8756Spoon sauce over crust.IMG_8753.JPGUsing fresh mozzarella, parmesan, and basil, top pizza.IMG_8757.JPGIMG_8758IMG_8759.JPGSprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes.IMG_8749.JPGIMG_8760Bake 5-7 more minutes until cheese melts.IMG_8763.JPGRecipe:

Serves 4-6

Frozen cauliflower crust

3 large tomatoes

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon of olive oil

fresh mozzarella slices

parmesan

fresh basil

red pepper flakes

salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Roughly chop tomatoes.  Over medium-high heat, add 1 clove of garlic to olive oil.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add tomatoes and salt and bring to a boil, stirring.  Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.  Add mixture to a blender and puree.  Return mixture back to the pot and bring to a boil.  Cook for five more minutes, stirring occasionally.

While your tomatoes are cooking, bake crust for five minutes.  Remove from oven.

When sauce is ready, spoon sauce over crust. (Helpful hint:  Put on a thin layer of sauce are so your pizza doesn’t get soggy.  I served extra sauce on the side for dipping.)

Place cheese slices around pizza.  Add basi leaves and crumbles of parmesan. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes.  Bake for 5-7 more minutes until cheese is melted.IMG_8765.JPG (Maybe I will finally get up the nerve to make my own crust next time, but for now, this is way too easy!)

Bon appetit!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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