This low carb pizza is perfect because it’s packed with lean protein and flavourful cheeses, so you can still enjoy pizza without worrying about the calories!
It’s January, which means a lot of you out there are likely trying to figure out the best way to cut calories and carbs to balance out the excess of the holidays. And if you’re plan is a painful (and useless) detox or cleanse, you’re going to LOVE what I have to say about that (spoiler alert: do-not-bother). Guys, getting back on track in the new year doesn’t have to mean missing out on your favourite comfort foods. Case in point, my crazy tasty low carb pizza .
Yep. I know. Carbs are kind of part of what makes pizza great, but you won’t miss out on this low carb pizza.
How Can Low Carb Pizza Be Good?
Easy, this healthy pizza recipe skips the high carb dough and uses Light Flatout flatbreads instead. With 50% fewer calories than traditional flatbreads (90 calories each!), and a whopping 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre, these babies have always been my go-to wraps. But they’re not just for holding cold cuts and greens at lunch. Flatouts also make awesome low carb pizza crusts, giving you some extra wiggle room for full fat cheese and spicy turkey sausage. I always find Flatout in the deli section of your local grocery store, or check FlatoutFinder.com to find the retailer nearest to you that carries them.
My go-to order when I visit my favourite pizza restaurant is always a spicy sausage pie. I love the meaty Italian sausage with a little pickled hot pepper and lots of melty gooey cheese. Top it off with a simple arugula salad, and you literally have a gourmet meal in mere minutes! I use a low fat Italian turkey sausage, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. And ta-da, a low carb pizza that tastes like mama used to make!
And speaking of freedom, why not get creative with your low carb pizza toppings! Love pepperoni? Go for it! Wanna go vegetarian with sweet figs and chevre? Yes, please! Keep it simple with a margherita? Do it! When the crust is so low carb with an extra boast of satisfying protein and fibre, you’ve got a lot of flexibility for your favourite additions with this low carb pizza base.
What’s your go-to pizza? Have you tried Flatout Light flatbreads yet? Want to try making a low carb pizza? Leave me a message below with your favourites!
Spicy Sausage & Pepper Low Carb Pizza
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 low fat Italian turkey sausage casing removed
- 1 clove garlic finely minced
- 1/3 cup bell pepper very thinly sliced
- 2 Light Flatout Italian Flatbreads
- 1/4 cup low sodium pizza sauce
- 1 large piece roasted red pepper thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp pickled hot peppers chopped
- 2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese torn
- 1/2 cup arugula
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Parmigiano reggiano finely grated
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Place a large baking sheet into the oven as it warms up.
- Meanwhile, heat the teaspoon of oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add in the sausage and crumble with a wooden spoon. Cook until browned and cooked through then add in the garlic and bell pepper and sauté until fragrant and softened slightly, about 1-2 more minutes.
- Once the oven is at temperature, place the Flatout flatbreads onto the pre-heated baking sheet and top with the pizza sauce, leaving a small 1/2 inch border around the edges. Add the sausage and bell pepper mixture, the roasted red peppers, the hot peppers, and the mozzarella cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and the edges are crispy, about 5-7 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the arugula in a bowl with the oil, lemon and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
- Once the pizza is ready, top with the arugula mixture and a grating of parmigiano reggiano, to taste. Cut using kitchen scissors and enjoy!
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.