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{Gluten-Free} Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust

A gluten-free, vegetarian, and healthy pizza crust alternative using spaghetti squash!  A creative and unique way to cook with spaghetti squash!

“Another spaghetti squash recipe?!” 

Yea, yea, I know.  Some of you might be sick of the whole spaghetti squash marathon that’s been going on lately.  Someone in the photography group I co-lead at church told me that she was indeed ready for us to move on past the whole spaghetti squash canon of recipes.

She did, however, also say that making a pizza crust out of spaghetti squash sounded pretty darn intriguing, and that she would entertain the idea of at least seeing this one last spaghetti squash post before I agreed to fast forward to something a bit… less squashy.

And since I’m still going strong on my “operation stop being a fatty” mission, I want to be able to eat pizza and not hate myself after.  A healthy vegetarian faux-pizza crust that actually tastes good is a huge win in my book.

Oh, and some good news.  I’m back in one-derland.  That’s right.  I’ve broke back through the 200 pound barrier and have lost 19 pounds so far.  And I ate this pizza several times.  Boom.

Now listen, I know this isn’t “authentic” and it definitely won’t taste that way.  You’d be crazy to think it would.  And I mean that in the nicest way possible.  But what it accomplishes is providing a sturdy, gluten-free, flavorful, healthy vehicle to top with all sorts of goodness.

The possibilities are quite endless.  Sure you could play it safe with some sauce and cheese.

::yawn::  

But you are way better than that.  I know you are all creative culinary geniuses.  Embrace it.  Empower it.  And get crazy with your toppings.

Don’t worry… if you need some inspiration I’ll give you my go-to option in the next post 🙂

You’ll want to get as much moisture out of the squash as possible.  I know it doesn’t look like it, but those little strands are holding a whole lot of water.  Watery squash makes for flimsy pizza.

And flimsy pizza is just plain sad.

So tell me, what are you going to top your pizza with?  

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{Gluten-Free} Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust

  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 approximate 10-inch pizza crust 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium/large spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Carefully cut your spaghetti squash in half with a large, sharp knife. Remove seeds and stringy guts, and brush the cut sides of the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on an aluminum-lined baking sheet and roast until tender, about 45-60 minutes.
  2. To test if your squash is done, scrap the flesh with a fork. If the strands come off easily, it’s done. Let the cooked spaghetti squash cool for about 5 minutes, then scrape all the flesh into a beautiful pile of spaghetti strands. Taste and season with some more Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper if needed.
  3. Measure out approximately 3 and 1/2 cups of spaghetti squash. Reserve rest for another use.
  4. Wrap measured-out squash in a cheesecloth, clean kitchen towel, or several layers of paper towels. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible. The drier the squash, the more crispy the crust can get.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the squash, egg, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Press squash in a thin, even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and form into an approximate 10-inch circle.
  6. Bake at 400°F for approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully flip, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Add desired toppings and bake until done.

 

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