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Delicious NO CARB pizza recipe

09/24/2009 - 196 comments

A few weeks ago I started following the Atkins Program.   I was doing well with it and felt fantastic but I had 1 problem – carb and fruit cravings.  While I felt that the Atkins program works for some people, I also felt that obviously my body was telling me something because the carb cravings were so strong I could have eaten a piece of cardboard.

Then I remembered something.

Suzanne Somers.

Over 10 years ago I followed the Suzanne Somer’s Somercize Plan and was very successful with it.  In fact, my mom, my sister and my karate instructor began following it as well after I did and experienced similar success.  We lost weight, felt great and it really didn’t feel like a “diet” because it’s not.  It’s a way of life!

The Somercize plan is basically this:

  • Eliminate (added) sugar and other “funky foods” (caffeine, white flour, potatoes, nuts, and a few others)
  • Eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach
  • Eat carbs (fat/protein free) and veggies together
  • Eat fats/proteins and veggies together
  • Wait three hours to switch between carbs & fats

On “level 2″ once you reach your goal you can add some of the funky foods back in and experiment with mixing carbs & fats to see what works for you to maintain your weight.

Somercize gives me the freedom to still enjoy all the food groups, but still encourages me to eat healthier, and promotes weight loss.  She has all the scientific diet information in her books, so if you are interested in WHY this works, I’m sure your local library has her books.  In the last 10+ years Suzanne has put out 5 books about Somercizing, each one with new recipes and refining the plan and adding more up-to-date information.

One of the hardest things for me eating this way is pizza…or lack-there-of.  I love pizza.  It is probably my biggest weakness.  Thanks to Suzanne, and her book, Suzanne Somers’ Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!, I can now enjoy pizza and still stay on the program!

The original recipe called for a cookie cutter and wasting some of the “crust” to make 4″ individual pizzas. I have modified it so there is no waste and you get a whole pan full of pizza. Also, the original recipe called for some salt in the crust but I didn’t like it so I took it out. You can obviously use whatever toppings you want.

nocarbpizza

No Carb Pizza

Ingredients:

For the crust:For the pizza:
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of full fat cream cheese (room temp.)
  • 2 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup jarred marinara sauce*
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Sauteed pepperoni
  • Garlic powder


*Finding a sauce that doesn’t contain added sugar is not easy, but I did find a “no sugar added” by Ragu that with a few added seasonings tastes fantastic on the pizza. You could always make your own too but I’m not THAT brave yet.

Directions:

For the crust:For the pizza:
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Butter a 9×13 baking dish
  • Blend cream cheese and eggs and season with pepper & garlic powder
  • Add parmesan cheese and stir until combined
  • Pour into buttered baking dish
  • Bake for 17 minutes or until golden brown
  • Let crust cool for 10 minutes before adding toppings
  • After crust is cooked, raise oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix together marinara sauce, garlic powder, cayenne pepper & oregano
  • Top crust with marinara and spread evenly
  • Top with mozzarella cheese
  • Add toppings
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

This pizza really surprised me.  It is so good we had it for dinner one day and then I made it again for lunch the very next day.  You know what, I want it again today too!

The crust is not crisp like traditional pizza.  Make sure you cook it til the top is golden brown and let it cool the full 10 minutes before adding the toppings and that will help.  You still may end up with a fork, but good, soft pizza is better than no pizza!

If you like this recipe, check out my updated (still no/low carb) version here: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Pizza Recipe

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  • Reply Martcia 08/07/2014 at 10:53 am

    I made this last night and my husband loves pizza and he loved this one. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply RobinJeanne 07/29/2014 at 8:24 pm

    Also I cooked the crust about twice as long as they sugest so it would be crisp and it almost was. I was able to pick it up with my hands though still a little droopy, I cook it longer maybe 30 minutes next time.

  • Reply RobinJeanne 07/29/2014 at 8:22 pm

    There is about 4 carbs per slice (out of 8)… but still 4 in comparison to 18….. I just made it tonight and it was good. I’m think of doing something sweet with it…. like cinnimon danish with nutra sweet……

  • Reply Carrie 06/26/2014 at 4:13 pm

    Ummm just went through the entire grocery store only to find out that there’s no such thing as no carb cream cheese. Full fat cream cheese that you suggest to use has 16grams of carbs for 8oz which is what your recipe calls for. SO DISAPPOINTED. Did anyone whose made this read the nutrition facts on the cream cheese??

  • Reply Cheryl 06/17/2014 at 7:45 pm

    I have been using this recipe for years. My favorite topping is pesto, spinach, tomatoes, fresh garlic, spinach, fresh mozzarella, and sausage.

  • Reply Lakisha 05/17/2014 at 7:27 pm

    My six year old gave the pizza a thumbs up. I was concerned I made the crust wrong because it was very loose. I poured it on a silpat and it still got stuck. The good news is I can have my pizza cravings fed. Do you have the nutritional info?

  • Reply Kelly 05/14/2014 at 2:08 am

    Personally, in my studies, there is no scientific evidence that only eating certain kinds of foods together is necessary. Actually, certain ingredients aid in the absorption of other ingredients, so eating a mixed amount of carbs, fat, and protein is ideal.
    If you want to cut simple carbs such as refined sugar, go for it. Where I would worry is the lack of whole grain which has fiber and b-vitamins.
    Although the pizza looks delicious, it wouldn’t be something that would be a “healthy” option. You could probably create a really yummy buckwheat pizza crust, or a pizza crush using alternative flours like quinoa and so on. Then using less cheese and focusing more on fresh veggies and a homemade marinara.
    However, another thing to consider, if you don’t eat pizza very often at all, regular pizza won’t kill you. But, if looking specifically for a healthy option pizza, you should try the suggestions above.

  • Reply patty 05/04/2014 at 10:03 am

    This pizza turned out so darn good, I cant wait until next weekend to have it again!! I used shredded parmesan cheese instead of grated by accident and it’s the only way I will make it from now on!! I used about 3/4 cup. I found the sugar free Ragu with no problem. So yummy!! THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!!

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 05/04/2014 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it! And that’s an interesting tip to use shredded parmesan, maybe I will try that!

  • Reply Mandy 05/02/2014 at 12:08 pm

    Do you have the nutrition info for this pizza?

  • Reply Kathy 04/06/2014 at 7:24 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised with how good this turned out. I divided the recipe in half and used a glass pie plate. Having to give up pizza is the toughest of all. This recipe is better than most gluten free recipes!

    As for the sauce…I’ve been making my own for years and just as easy as opening a store jar sauce. Get a 28oz can of Tomato Purée (get the good kind). It is very low in sodium and sugars and is nice and thick. You can add dried Italian seasoning blend, garlic and sea salt to taste and simmer while you cook the rest. Use fresh herbs if you want to make it better but dried is very good. I add some EVOO when I’m making this for pasta sauce but no oil needed for pizza since the cheese adds enough fat. Enjoy!

  • Reply Nancy 04/01/2014 at 8:23 am

    I would love to know what kind of cheese has no carbs and stop has flavor, not to mention the pepperoni, sauce, eggs, etc. While this may be low in calories, I doubt it has zero carbs!

    • Reply Randi 04/02/2014 at 5:49 pm

      Cheese usually has less then 1g carbs per serving. Eggs have .5g carbs per whole egg and pepperoni has 0g carbs per serving. It is not CARB FREE, it is LOW in carbs.

    • Reply Andrew 04/06/2014 at 1:41 am

      Most cheeses do. What planet are you from?

    • Reply MC 04/06/2014 at 10:51 am

      All cheese has none or very little carbs.

    • Reply Denise 05/03/2014 at 7:30 am

      Getting carbs from unprocessed things like cheese and fruits is 100% better for you than getting carbs from process foods like bread ect. And yes you CAN get unprocessed cheese.

  • Reply Kristin 04/01/2014 at 12:59 am

    I made this last night and my husband and we loved it. He has been trying for years to loose weight and he now has more options. Thank you for posting this and your other ideas too.

  • Reply Sally 03/12/2014 at 1:44 pm

    I made this it was delicious.

  • Reply Shari 02/24/2014 at 8:24 pm

    Cheese and eggs, pepperoni and sausage have 0 carbs. C’mon people…I’m making this now and cant wait to try it…I am currently on Atkins. I will let you know what I think…and
    thanks for the recipe!

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