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Delicious Homemade Pizza With Spaghetti Squash Crust

My husband and I both enjoy cooking. We like sampling and discovering new and different foods from all areas of the world.

Two slices of homemade pizza with spaghetti squash crust

Two slices of homemade pizza with spaghetti squash crust

For Pizza Lovers

Is there anyone alive who does not enjoy pizza? There is a type of pizza to satisfy almost anyone's taste preferences. Personally, my husband and I like the thin-crust style. We have also tried various types of pizza crusts, including ones made with vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.

When we saw Katie Lee making a pizza crust with spaghetti squash on the television show, The Kitchen, we were interested enough to get the recipe. After reading it, I decided to make a few changes.

Her squash took more time since she baked it in the oven. Mine took less time since I used the microwave instead. While her toppings were vegetarian, I added some delicious uncured pepperoni to our pizza and tweaked the ingredients to suit our taste.

That is the beauty of recipes like this one. You can always add your favorite toppings. The crust turned out to be delicious. I fully expect to make it again and perhaps use different toppings if we are in the mood for other flavor combinations.

Gathering some of the ingredients together, in addition to the spaghetti squash.

Gathering some of the ingredients together, in addition to the spaghetti squash.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

40 min

1 hour 10 min

4 servings (2 slices per serving)

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cooked, shredded, and seeds removed
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon course ground black pepper

For the toppings:

  • 1/4 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 or 6 large cherry tomatoes, sliced in thirds or halved
  • 1 thin slice mild yellow onion, divided into segments
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan reggiano cheese, grated
  • Several leaves fresh basil, chiffonaded
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup jarred marinara sauce
  • Uncured pepperoni slices, as much or as little as you like

Instructions

  1. After washing and drying the spaghetti squash, carefully cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds. Place cut-side down in a microwave dish with about 1 inch of water.
  2. Microwave the squash in a covered dish for about 10 minutes until soft, and set aside to cool. Repeat with the other half of the squash.
  3. When cool enough to handle, wrap small amounts at a time of the squash in a clean dishtowel. Squeeze out all of the excess water. Do this until no more liquid comes from that effort. Set aside in a bowl, and continue the process until all of the squash is as dry as possible. (At this point, you can refrigerate the squash until ready to make the pizza crust, if desired. Or, continue to the next step.)
  4. Add the following to the squeezed dry spaghetti squash: the beaten eggs, 3/4 cup of the grated mozzarella cheese, the garlic salt, and ground pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper and spray it with a nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Put the squash mixture into the center of the pan and spread it out until it is approximately 1/4 to 1/8-inch thick, depending upon how thick you like your crust.
  7. Bake in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and spread the toppings onto the crust, starting with the marinara sauce, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni slices, chopped pepper, tomatoes, and onion segments. Top it with the Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the veggies are to your liking.
  10. Remove from the oven and top with the chiffonaded basil leaves and red pepper flakes. Slice and serve.
Sliced pizza out of the oven with the basil and red pepper flakes as a finishing touch.

Sliced pizza out of the oven with the basil and red pepper flakes as a finishing touch.

Extra Tip: How to Chiffonade

In case you are not familiar with the chiffonade technique, it is easy-peasy! In the case of my basil leaves, after washing and drying them, I simply stack them one on top of the other. Then starting at one end, roll them tightly. When rolled, slice across the roll with a sharp knife. You will have thin slivers of the basil as on display in the photo below.

Rolled and sliced chiffonaded basil leaves are ready to use.

Rolled and sliced chiffonaded basil leaves are ready to use.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

Hi Liz,

This type of pizza would definitely be a healthier version than the usual ones. Thanks for your comment. I look forward to the day when we can comment on all articles, niche site, or not. I appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

Hi Nell,

I am glad that you are going to give this recipe a try. Enjoy! Stay safe over there in the UK. Your cases of COVID are rising, as are ours.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

Hi Betty,

The spaghetti squash pizza crust is really not complicated. Once the squash is cooked and squeezed dry, it is as easy a crust to make as any other. The toppings can suit your individual taste. We just happened to have the ones I used on hand.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

Hi Linda,

It was a first for us using the spaghetti squash for the pizza crust, but it will not be our last time to do it. We truly liked it!

Liz Westwood from UK on November 06, 2020:

This is a great recipe suggestion for pizza with a twist. It sounds healthier than traditional pizza. I am pleased that this article has stayed on Hub Pages long enough for me to comment. I was concerned that it might move to Delishably before I had a chance.

Nell Rose from England on November 06, 2020:

Sounds amazing Peggy! Definitely one to try.

Betty on November 05, 2020:

Look and sounds complicated, but I will bet it is a delicious alternative to more traditional pizza. Will try it soon.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 05, 2020:

I've never heard of making pizza crust with a spaghetti squash before. It sounds like an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing it, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Doris,

My husband is not a fan of the cauliflower crust pizzas, but he liked this one. As to the cheese, you could probably try different types of cheese more to you liking if you do not like mozzarella cheese. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Chuck,

The cheese and garlic salt in the crust also add flavor to the spaghetti squash. Other herbs could be added for flavor as well. The eggs act as a binding agent. I hope you enjoy it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Niks,

I am pleased that you like the looks of this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

My husband and I purchased ones at Costco with a cauliflower crust and ones with a broccoli crust. I also made a homemade one at home with a cauliflower crust. There may be other vegetable crusts as well, but these are the ones we have tried so far. I would think that someone in Chicago would have some veggie crusts for you to try.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Kalpana,

Enjoy this recipe with my blessings! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Bill,

You could put as much sausage as you like on this pizza. As to the election, I will breathe easier when the vote-counting is done. Maybe we will learn the outcome today, or tomorrow. Crossing fingers!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

It is fun to try new recipes and especially rewarding when they turn out so well as this one did. Enjoy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi manatita,

If you have to stay away from eating wheat, this spaghetti squash pie should be right up your alley, so-to-speak. It is great for all those who shy away from eating gluten products.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 05, 2020:

I'm not really sure whether I want to try this one or not, Peggy. Since I'm gluten-free (not by choice) this should be right up my alley, but I don't like cauliflower crusts although I like cauliflower. After a couple of bites, my body rebels and I just can't eat anymore. Maybe it was the cheese used in the cauliflower crust that I didn't care for. Anyway, thanks for the recipe. I'm reconsidering making one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Devika,

If you can purchase spaghetti squash in your part of the world, then this recipe should enable you to be able to make it. We can easily buy spaghetti squash over here almost all year long.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

That is the fun of making pizza at home. One can choose from an almost endless amount of toppings to customize it for personal tastes. It sounds like you have fun doing so.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

It is so easy to make a homemade pizza. I hope you give this one a try. You can alter the toppings to make it your own.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Liza,

As you wrote, the nice part about making homemade pizza is that you can put as much or as little as you want when it comes to the toppings. I hope you enjoy this recipe for the pizza crust.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Brenda,

The hardest part of preparing the squash is cutting it in half. After that it is simple to prepare. I'll admit that it takes a bit more time than baking a ready-made pizza, but it is so worth it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Nyesha,

I am pleased that you liked my photos. I wanted to show the process of making this from start to finish. It is an easy way to ramp up the number of vegetables we consume by eating a pizza crust made with spaghetti squash.

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on November 05, 2020:

This sounds good and I am tempted to try it. the Spaghetti squash crust sounds intriguing. My wife likes spaghetti squash and makes it sometimes but I have always found it bland and tasteless but using it as a pizza crust could be a good use for it with the pizza adding the taste. Now that I have finished my job with the Census I'll have more time to start cooking again and this looks like a good thing to try.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

My husband had a "thumbs down" on the cauliflower pizza, but a big "thumbs up" on this one. I'll definitely be making more of these spaghetti squash crust pizzas!

Niks from India on November 05, 2020:

My mouth started watering after reading your article. I'm not a good cook but being a pizza lover I'm excited to make pizza as per the above recipe. Thanks, Peggy for sharing such a delicious homemade recipe.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 05, 2020:

I'm in Chicago. So pizza has its own food group here. But I have never tried one with a veggie type crust like this. I'm a horrible cook, but I will look for something like it when I'm pizza-ing. Thanks for sharing. It looks awesome!

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 05, 2020:

The homemade pizza with spaghetti squash crust looks divine! I am drooling (sorry!). I prefer thin crust too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Bookmarking it to try it out later this weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 05, 2020:

I love pizza, but you lost me with most of these ingredients. Now, if this had been sausage pizza, I would be trying it this weekend. :)

On to other news, I think the national nightmare might be over. Hooray for us all!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 05, 2020:

Haven't heard about this combination in a pizza. It sounds nice and delicious. Your pictures are explanatory and nice. I would love to try it.

Thank you for sharing the extra tips and suggestions.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2020:

I enjoy pizza, all right, like most of my disciple brothers-sisters. Wheat still remains a problem for me, so I have to be careful. Your pizza looks delicioso!

No, I don't make them. Not a great ... in fact, not a good cook. Just put things together. I'm sad, no? Stay blessed.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 05, 2020:

Hi Peggy I love the idea of this pizza ingredients. You make me want to make this pizza and sounds delicious.

Lorna Lamon on November 05, 2020:

I love making pizza which is a real family affair with everyone getting involved. We add a variety of toppings to suit different tastes, and I think this base would be perfect and very tasty. I also like the idea of a cauliflower base. A great twist on the usual base which I find can be a little bland. Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe Peggy.

Rosina S Khan on November 04, 2020:

I sure like to eat pizzas from time to time but never made one at home. Your recipe of "Homemade Pizza With a Spaghetti Squash Crust" sure looks tempting, and I would like to try at home! Thanks for the share, Peggy!

Liza from USA on November 04, 2020:

This is something I would like to try, pizza crust that was made from squash! I love homemade pizza in fact, I have made pizza crust countless times. My husband and I love thin crust pizza as well. Homemade pizza is cheaper, and the best part is we can put as much as toppings we want. Thanks for sharing the unique pizza's crust recipe, Peggy. Voted up!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 04, 2020:

Peggy,

You definitely have more patience than I do in the kitchen.

It does sound a lot healthier for us to eat, but preparing the squash???

Your microwave method does sound easy though.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on November 04, 2020:

Hi Ms. Peggy,

I hope that you've been doing well! I've never eaten pizza with a squash crust before but this looks like a great recipe and the food photos look appealing. Thanks for sharing. Take good care!

- Nyesha

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 04, 2020:

This recipe looks and sounds delicisous. I think this is an easy recipe, and it is much appreciate, Peggy. I will try it as we really like pizza. Thnk you.

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