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There are any number of reasons you may be looking for a pizza crust alternative that is gluten free. You could be catering to Celiac sufferers, those looking for a “lighter” choice, or just interested in testing out something new and different.
Much like the Cauliflower Crust Pizza I talked about a few months back, the recipe here will show you how to make a pizza crust using spaghetti squash.
I actually just started experimenting with spaghetti squash about a month ago. I kept hearing people rave about how it was a great substitute for pasta, so I finally gave in and tried it. My favorite way to eat it so far has been with a heaping ladle of homemade chili on top (a la chili spaghetti). It’s surprisingly filling and doesn’t give me that overfull feeling that pasta has a tendency to do.
So when Jesse Parenti, the hospitality director at Stratton Agency, told me that he makes pizza crust using spaghetti squash, I was intrigued.
I haven’t tried this recipe out for myself yet, but I wanted to share it with you as quickly as possible so you can take full advantage. Please send me photos if you create one (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Recipe provided by Jesse Parenti
4 cups cooked spaghetti squash (2 small)
¼ cup part skim mozzarella, shredded
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
2 egg whites
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil
salt & pepper
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup green onion, diced
1 cup pizza sauce
½ cup part skim mozzarella, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line pizza pan with parchment paper (DO NOT skip the parchment paper!). Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine spaghetti squash, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, egg whites, garlic, and spices. Mix together until combined.
4. Let sit for a few minutes. Pour out any water on the bottom of the bowl.
5. Press the squash mixture evenly into the prepared pizza pan (a cookie pan works, too).
6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, until crust appears dry.
7. While the crust is baking, saute the mushrooms and onion in a fry pan until mushrooms are soft and onions are translucent. Remove from heat.
8. Remove pizza crust from oven.
9. Spread the pizza sauce over the crust. Spread your onion and mushrooms over the sauce.
11. Return to 400 degree oven and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or so or until cheese is bubbly and edges of crust are browned.
12. Let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting. You can use the parchment paper to slide it off the pan to make it easier to cut.