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Healthy Crustless Pizza Bowl

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A healthy pizza bowl dish that only requires a few minutes of prep work? It’s true! Whip up this recipe for meal prep or to share with family/friends.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
£1.29
Makes: 5
mains, meal prep
Italian
crustless pizza, loaded veg, pizza, pizza bowl
Freezable

Table of Contents

  1. What is a pizza bowl? Here’s why you’ll love it
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to make pizza bowls
  4. Adaptations
  5. FAQ
  6. Tips and Tricks

What is a pizza bowl? Here’s why you’ll love it

A pizza bowl is similar to a burrito bowl, as you skip the tortilla (in this case, the crust) and add the typical toppings to a bowl. You’ll layer in sausage, veggies, sauce and cheese in each ramekin to create those familiar pizza flavours. Since you’re skipping the crust, you’re making a low-carb dish. It’s a win-win situation! Here are a few reasons you’ll love this keto pizza bowl recipe. 

  • Crustless pizza bowls are a healthier version of pizza that helps satisfy cravings. 
  • Pizza bowls are easy to customize, so you can add whichever toppings you’d like!
  • Each crustless pizza bowl features sausage for protein and multiple types of veg to boost the micronutrients. 
  • This recipe for pizza in a bowl is an easy way to prep meals for the week, as you’ll have five servings already portioned out (one per ramekin). 

Crustless Pizza Bowl with cheese pull

Ingredients

Pork Sausage Meat

Pork sausage meat in your no-crust pizza bowl helps create a familiar pizza flavour. Turkey pepperoni is another excellent option for boosting protein.

Courgette/ Zucchini 

Using courgette helps keep this pizza bowl keto, increasing how filling the dish is. This way, you can skip the crust, yet still feel full after enjoying a low-carb pizza bowl.

Aubergine 

Aubergine is another excellent way to make low-carb pizza bowls more filling. If you do not enjoy the flavour of aubergine, you can use double the amount of courgette.

Passata

Passata gives the best consistency and flavour for the pizza sauce. Canned tomatoes could result in a bit more of a watery sauce.

Mozzarella 

By adding mozzarella, you’re adding in more protein and helping the dish feel indulgent. You can also use shredded cheddar cheese or any cheese you enjoy.

Jalapeños 

This ingredient helps keep the pizza bowls keto by providing a flavour boost. If jalapeños are too spicy for you, you can skip them for this recipe.


Crustless Pizza Bowl ingredients shot

How to make pizza bowls

Preheat oven to 200°C

Start by chopping the courgettes and aubergines into small chunks and the mushrooms into thin slices and add to large bowl.

Crustless pizza photos process shots 1 of chopped veg
Then add the sausages (de-cased and roughly torn). Add olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. If you like spice, add chilli flakes. Toss to get everything incorporated.

Crustless pizza photos process shots 2 - sausage meat in bowl over veggies and then mixed
To five ramekins, add a serving of mixed veg and sausage. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes to brown/take on some colour.

Crustless pizza photos process shots 3 - sausage and veg in ramekins before and after baking
Stir halfway through and then add a serving of passata into each ramekin.

Crustless pizza photos process shots 4 - with passata added
Stir to combine the tomato sauce and then top with a layer of mozzarella and pop in the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and melted. Top with thinly sliced jalapeno & finely chopped chives.

Crustless pizza photos process shots 5 - tomato stirred in and cheese added

Adaptations

There are many ways you can make these keto bowls! Skip the sausage and double the aubergine for a filling vegetarian option. Make it vegan by swapping out the mozzarella with a dairy-free version. You can also skip the cheese altogether, and you’ll have a tasty vegan pizza bowl.

Close up shot of crustless pizza bowl

FAQ

What size ramekin should I use?

I prefer using a 12-ounce ramekin for each pizza bowl (6 inches in diameter). This size is ideal for creating individual main dishes. Smaller ramekins may not hold all the ingredients for each serving. A slightly larger ramekin will also work, though the ingredients will be more spread out. 

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Yes! You can easily make this recipe vegetarian. As noted above, you can add more veggies to help make the dish more filling. Or, you can use a vegetarian meat swap, like a meatless sausage.

 How do I use this recipe for meal prep?

Since the ramekins are already portioned out, turning this pizza bowl recipe into meal prep is quite simple. After the pizza bowls are cooked and out of the oven, allow them to cool completely. Then, put a Ziploc bag around each ramekin and seal, ensuring the seal is air-tight.

 When you’re ready to reheat a pizza bowl, remove the bag and reheat it in the oven for 5-6 minutes. If you’re at the office, you can also microwave the ramekin for a few minutes until the cheese is melty and everything is heated thoroughly.

 

Other bowl recipes you should try…

Viral Salmon Rice Bowl (Tiktok Recipe)

Healthy Noodle Bowls (10 Minute Meal Prep)!

Chicken Fajita Salad Bowl

Overhead shot of crustless pizza bowl

Tips and Tricks

  • Try to chop the veg into similarly sized pieces. Otherwise, some pieces will be undercooked while others are fully cooked. Your chopping skills don’t have to be perfect, but do your best to cut the pieces evenly.
  • Removing the casing of the sausage is vital. If you don’t remove the casing, you’ll be left with chewy bites that are not as appetising. 
  • Removing the seeds from the jalapeño will help decrease the heat in the dish. 
  • Always work with jalapeños with gloves, as it makes it easy to avoid eye contact with the juice from the pepper. After cleaning the knife and cutting board, wash your hands thoroughly. 
  • Use your favourite pizza toppings! Add fun toppings, like fresh basil or banana peppers, for an even more flavourful dish.

Crustless Pizza Bowl close up photo

 

Healthy Crustless Pizza Bowl

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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
£1.29
mains, meal prep
Italian
crustless pizza, loaded veg, pizza, pizza bowl
Freezable
Servings: 5
A healthy pizza bowl dish that only requires a few minutes of prep work? It’s true! Whip up this recipe for meal prep or to share with family/friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 courgettes, chopped into small cubes (£0.80)
  • 1 aubergine, chopped into small cubes (£0.75)
  • 200 g mushrooms, thinly sliced (£0.50)
  • 454 g (8 pork sausages), casing removed and roughly torn (£0.96)
  • 500 g passata (£0.45)
  • 250 g mozzarella, grated (£2.50)
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, thinly sliced (£0.50)
  • Optional ; Fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced (not pickled)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chilli flakes

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C

  • To a large bowl, add the prepped veggies and sausages (de-cased and roughly torn). Add olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. If you like spice, add chilli flakes. Toss to get everything incorporated.
  • To five ramekins, add a serving of mixed veg and sausage. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes to brown/take on some colour.
  • Next, add a serving of passata into each ramekin and stir to combine. Top with a layer of mozzarella and pop in the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and melted.
  • Top with thinly sliced jalapeno and fresh chives.

Nutrition

Servings: 5 servings
Fat: 27g
Calories: 451kcal
Carbohydrates: 25g
Protein: 26g

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