Ree's Cauliflower Crust Pizza

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 95 min
  • serves 2
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

This delicious gluten-free pizza includes a spicy tomato sauce for a bit of extra tongue tingle.

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Directions for: Ree's Cauliflower Crust Pizza



1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets

¼ cup grated Parmesan

1 tsp Italian seasoning

¼ tsp kosher salt

1 large egg

2 cups freshly grated mozzarella

¼ cup Spicy Pizza Sauce, recipe follows

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


4 cups baby greens

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Parmesan shavings, for topping

Spicy Pizza Sauce (makes 1 1/2 cups)

1 - 2 Tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

½ cup chicken broth

3 (15-oz) cans crushed tomatoes

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor to a fine snowy powder (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave until soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a clean, dry kitchen towel and allow to cool.

3. When cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible, transferring to a second towel if necessary. In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, egg and 1 cup of the mozzarella until well combined. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Remove the crust from the oven and top with the Spicy Pizza Sauce and remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 10 minutes more. Garnish with fresh basil leaves just before serving.


1. Meanwhile, add the greens to a large bowl. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic and salt and pepper to taste in a measuring cup. Pour over the greens and toss. Top with Parmesan shavings.

Spicy Pizza Sauce (makes 1 1/2 cups)

1. Heat a pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil, throw in the garlic and chopped onions and give them a stir. Cook until the onions are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, whisking to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Cook until the liquid reduces by half. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the brown sugar, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste and stir. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool, then puree the sauce.

See more: Cheese, Comfort Food, Eggs/Dairy, Gluten-Free, Hot and Spicy, Tomatoes, Vegetables

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