Has the Low FODMAP Diet left you with some hard-core pizza cravings? With a few easy swaps, delicious, cheesy pizza can be part of your life again in no time. Need some FODMAP friendly topping ideas? Try this low FODMAP Margherita pizza.
Margherita pizzas are one of my favourites. I love the light, simple flavour of the mozzarella and basil on a plain tomato base. Just so you know, gluten-free pizza crusts can be a little dense. I normally roll it into a thin crust to make the texture a little less noticeable. It will still puff up a little around the edges, though.
Just so you know, this recipe makes two pizzas. If you want to save a portion of the dough for later, you can put it in the freezer after it rises. Make sure to defrost it for your next low FODMAP pizza adventure.
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Keep It FODMAP Friendly
This low FODMAP Margherita pizza is a delicious way to get pizza back on the menu. Check out the notes below for tips on keeping this recipe FODMAP friendly.
First, if you're in the elimination phase, you'll need to use gluten-free flour for your crust. For my Canadian peeps, I use PC's gluten-free flour. If you want to use something else, make sure it doesn't have gums, since we're adding our own.
Remember, unless you have celiac disease, you're avoiding the FODMAP fructan, not gluten itself.
This recipe also uses xanthan gum. Even though xanthan gum doesn't have any FODMAPs, it still bothers some people. If you know you're sensitive to gums, you might want to sit this recipe out. If you're not sure how you handle gums, start with one or two pieces of pizza and see how you react before increasing your portion size.
Next, you need to choose a FODMAP friendly tomato base. I like to use plain tomato puree. According to the Monash app, 1/2 a cup of canned tomatoes is low FODMAP. We use 4 tbsp per pizza, so you'll be ok even if you eat an entire pizza on your own.
Last but not least is cheese. Hard cheeses are low FODMAP in small servings because bacteria break down the lactose during the fermentation process.
This recipe uses 3/4 a cup of grated mozzarella. According to the Monash app mozzarella is safe in servings of 1/2 a cup. So, if you're planning on having a pizza for one, reduce your cheese to 1/2 a cup of mozzarella, instead.
If you want more information on eating dairy products on the Low FODMAP Diet, check out this article by Monash.
Whose Side Are You On?
If you're planning on sharing your Margherita pizza, you might need to add some side dishes. I normally pair my pizzas with a fresh salad. I like the pop of colour and it keeps my portion size in check. If you need some lettuce inspiration, check out these low FODMAP salad ideas.
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Looking for a FODMAP friendly way to get pizza back on the menu? Curb your cravings with this low FODMAP Margherita pizza!
- 1 pkg instant yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1.5 cups lukewarm water
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 cups gluten-free flour
- 3 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Rosemary (crushed)
- 4 tbsp tomato puree
- pinch oregano
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 6 lg fresh basil leaves (torn)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Place yeast, sugar, and warm water in a heat-proof bowl and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. The water should become frothy as the yeast ferment.
After 10 minutes, add eggs and olive oil and mix thoroughly. Then add the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, salt, and rosemary. Mix until the ingredients cling together in a sticky ball. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and allow the dough to rise on the counter for at least 20 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Split the dough into two parts. Place one-half of the dough on a piece of parchment paper and press it into the desired shape/thickness using your hand. The dough will be very sticky, so you may need to put a piece of plastic wrap over it while you work it into position.
Once the oven is ready, place the pizza on a cookie sheet or directly onto a pizza stone. Cook on the lower rack for 15-20 minutes (until the top of the pizza is lightly browned). Then remove the pizza from the oven and cover it lightly with tomato puree. Sprinkle oregano, salt, and pepper, on the pizza sauce, then sprinkle with mozzarella. Place the pizza back into the oven for another 5 minutes (or until the cheese has melted).
Once the cheese is melted, remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle it with fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve warm.
Want to know how to take your Margherita pizza to the next level? Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on your pizza right before you serve it! I recommend putting it in a small container and drizzling it with a spoon so you don't drown your pizza by accident.
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