Enjoy all your favorite pizza flavors in a delicious keto meal with this crustless Pizza Bowl recipe! It's filled with flavorful Italian sausage, mushrooms, sauce and cheese. It's easy to make in 30 minutes, low carb and gluten free!
Picture this, it's Friday night and you are craving a piping hot, cheesy, loaded pizza! But alas, that pesky carb loaded pizza crust presents a problem.
Never fear, Keto Pizza Bowls are here! With layer upon layer of salty sausage, plump mushrooms, gooey cheese, and the best pizza sauce, you'll forget all about that base of the pizza. What's it called again?
Dig into the cheesy goodness of this low carb meal for a family pizza night at home, or meal prep it for easy and delicious lunches!
- Italian chicken sausage - I recommend True Story sausage because it contains zero carbs to keep this recipe keto. Feel free to use your favorite brand of sausage, but be sure to check the label to make sure they don't sneak a lot of pesky carbs in there!
- Baby bella mushrooms - you can also use white button mushrooms.
- Mozzarella cheese
- Marinara sauce - click the link for an easy homemade recipe!
- Italian seasoning - it's so easy to make your own at home in just 5 minutes, click the link for a the recipe, or purchase pre-made Italian seasoning on the spice aisle at the grocery store.
- Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
Step by step instructions
- Cook the mushrooms and sliced sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Spoon marinara sauce in the bottom of two oven-safe bowls.
- Note: For this recipe, I used 5 inch diameter, 10 ounce ramekins.
- Place some of the mushrooms and sausage on top of the sauce.
- Add more marinara sauce.
- Top with the remaining mushroom and sausage mixture and marinara sauce, then cover with mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes.
- Note: For a crispier cheese topping, you can also broil the pizza bowls, instead of baking them. To do this, preheat the oven to broil on high. Place the bowls on a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven. Broil on high for 2 minutes.
Get creative with your pizza bowl and try more flavor combinations to keep things interesting! Think of your favorite traditional pizza toppings and go crazy! Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Pepperoni - a great traditional zero carb option!
- Bacon - who doesn't love the salty crunch of bacon, especially when it adds zero carbs to your pizza bowls!
- Ground beef - another zero carb option for adding more protein to these bowls! You can cook it in the stove, just like you would the sausage, then drain off any grease before adding the mushrooms. I recommend adding 1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning to flavor the ground beef.
- Ham - with only 2 grams of carbs per cup, toss in some cubes for great flavor.
- Bell peppers - mix in a few for taste, ½ cup chopped peppers contains 2.5 total carbs and 2 net carbs.
- Black olives - sprinkle a few in each bowl for a salty tang, they contain .5 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon.
- Onions - at just under one gram of carbs per tablespoon, some diced onions would be a great addition to these bowls.
- Jalapeños - throw these in for some heat! A quarter cup will add 1.5 grams of carbs.
- Spinach - get your greens with some shredded spinach, one cup has only 1 gram of carbohydrates.
How to meal prep it
- To prep ahead: Cook the mushrooms and sausage, make the sauce, mix the seasonings, and shred the cheese. Assemble and bake when you're ready to serve.
- For storage: Completely prepare and bake the bowls. Allow them to cool a bit until they are safe to touch. You can seal the top of the baking dish with plastic wrap or foil. Or, transfer to a microwave-safe airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- To reheat and eat: Remove the lid, cover, and microwave for 2 minutes or until heated through.
Frequently asked questions
- How many carbs are in each bowl? Each pizza bowl contains 13 total carbs and 10 net carbs.
- Can you make it in advance? Yes, you can! You can either prep the individual components or completely make the recipe. See above for instructions on how to do this.
- Can you double the recipe? You certainly can. Double the ingredients and use four baking dishes instead of two.
- Can you make it dairy-free? This pizza bowl recipe can be made dairy free by swapping out the mozzarella and parmesan cheese for plant based alternatives. Also, be sure to check the label of the sausage, as some can contain dairy products.
More keto recipes to try
Fill your weekly menu with all of these delicious keto friendly recipes!
- Keto Pad Thai
- Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Zoodle Bowls
- Keto Fried Rice
- Low Carb Fish Taco Bowls
- Buffalo Tofu Salad
- Chicken Shawarma Salad
- Keto Air Fryer Zucchini
Keto Pizza Bowl
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 7-8 minutes.
- Add the sliced sausage and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.
- In two oven-safe bowls, add 2 tablespoons marinara sauce to the bottom of each bowl.
- Top with a layer of mushrooms and sausage, and 2 tablespoons marinara sauce.
- Top each bowl with the remaining mushroom and sausage mixture, then with the remaining marinara sauce, ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese.
- Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- The nutritional information provided above is for one bowl. Each bowl contains 10 net carbs.
- For this recipe, I used 5 inch diameter, 10 once ramekins to bake the pizza bowls.
- You can switch out the sausage and mushrooms for other traditional pizza toppings. See the blog post for topping ideas, plus the added carbs from switching out the toppings.
- To double the recipe, simple double all of the ingredients and divide them between four bowls, instead of two.