Cauliflower is popular right now in several variations, as a substitute for white rice or for mashed potatoes, or even incorporated into pizza crusts. Some people are trying to eat a low-carb diet, or a gluten-free diet, or others are just trying to get a few more veggies into their meals. Aldi has keyed into this trend by offering a Mama Cozzi’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza as an ALDI Find (Special Buy).
This 11.64-oz. frozen pizza sold for $5.99 at the time of publication, and it comes in two varieties: three cheese or margherita. I opted for the margherita pizza, which features a “cauliflower crust pizza with tomato sauce, oregano & garlic.”
One serving is one third of the pizza, which nets you 230 calories, 5 grams of saturated fat, 680 mg of sodium, and 4 grams of total sugars. One serving includes 20% of your daily value of calcium. The pizza is gluten free, and the box claims it has “0 grams of added sugar per serving” (although sugar is listed as an ingredient in the crust, so I’m guessing it must be a small amount of sugar). It’s also made in Italy, so it’s traveled a long way to get to your kitchen.
Total carbs for one third of the pizza are 24 grams, or 9% of your daily value. Whether you consider this to be low-carb depends on your diet. If you’re on a keto diet, for example, this could be half or even all of your daily carb allowance. But we are talking about pizza, which is probably always going to have some carbs no matter how we try to health-ify it. To put matters in perspective, though, regular pizza has a significantly higher number of carbs (starting at 43 grams for just one slice from Pizza Hut) compared to this cauliflower crust pizza.
Ingredients for the crust are: water, cauliflower powder, starch (corn, potato), rice flour, grated medium fat hard cheese (milk, salt, rennet, culture), sunflower oil, tapioca starch, vegetable fibers, baking powder (sodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch), buckwheat flour, sugar, pea flour, natural flavoring, hydroxy-propyl methycellulose, millet flour, whole flaxseed flour, salt, and xanthan gum.
Ingredients for the toppings are: tomato pulp (tomato, citric acid [acidity regulator]), mozzarella cheese (milk, rennet, lactic starter, salt, citric acid [acidifier]), cheddar cheese (milk, salt, culture, rennet), tomato, tomato puree (tomato, citric acid [acidity regulator]), grated medium fat hard cheese (milk, salt rennet, culture), basil, salt, modified corn starch, oregano, and garlic.
To prepare the pizza, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Unwrap the pizza and place directly on the rack in the center of the oven. (I used a pizza pan.) Heat for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the pizza is heated through. Remove carefully from oven and serve.
I found this pizza to be similar to other frozen pizzas in terms of taste. The toppings were good, with plenty of cheese and a sprinkling of tomatoes and basil.
The crust seems softer and less crisp than other frozen pizzas I’ve eaten, or perhaps I needed to bake this one longer (but the crust was brown and the cheese was thoroughly melted after 8 minutes in my oven). There is no real taste of cauliflower, although I thought the crusts on the edges — with no pizza toppings — tasted a bit different or off. Overall, though, this pizza mostly just tastes like a garden variety frozen pizza crust to me. I’ve admittedly never had a cauliflower crust pizza before, so I can’t speak to how it compares to others.
If there is any downside, it is that this is a small pizza, and I still felt a little hungry after eating one serving (one third of the pizza). Most people would probably consider half of this pizza to be one serving. Also, it’s a more expensive pizza, considering its petite size, because you are paying for the cauliflower crust.
The ALDI Find (Special Buy) Mama Cozzi’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza is a lower-carb option for pizza fans. It tastes a lot like other traditional frozen pizzas on the market and does not have a cauliflower taste. It’s kind of pricey (you’re paying for the fancy, health-conscious crust), and it’s not that big, but it’s an option for people looking to eat fewer carbs.