Aldi is not one to ignore food trends. With an increasing number of people eating gluten free diets, Aldi has paid attention. The discount grocer sells a decent selection of gluten free foods, including gluten free cornbread mix, gluten free knockoff Red Lobster biscuit mix, gluten free pancake and baking mix, gluten free macaroni and cheese, and Aldi’s own take on gluten free Hot Pockets. Aldi also rotates limited-time gluten free specials into the mix throughout the year, including gluten free stuffing, gluten free French fried onions, and gluten free donuts during the holidays.
In addition, if you’re familiar with Aldi, you may know that the grocer’s take and bake deli pizzas are among its more popular items. While most traditional flour-crust pizzas are off limits for strict gluten-free dieters, Aldi sells a gluten free cauliflower crust take and bake pizza with either pepperoni or veggie toppings as a year-round Regular Buy.
If you want a gluten free pizza but a cauliflower crust isn’t quite your thing, the most recent limited-time special gluten free take and bake pizza Aldi sold featured a crust made with ingredients that include rice flour.
Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Take & Bake Gluten Free Pizza cost $6.29 at the time of publication for a 12-inch pizza in a 17.5-17.78-ounce package. It was available in cheese (17.5 ounces) or uncured pepperoni (17.78 ounces) varieties. I bought the uncured pepperoni pizza, which features sliced, uncured pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on a gluten free crust.
The crust ingredients include rice flour, modified rice starch, potato starch, tapioca starch, potato flour, and cultured brown rice.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains milk and soy.
One pizza serves four, and a single serving (125 grams) has 320 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 4 grams of saturated fat (20% DV), 25 mg of cholesterol (8% DV), 590 mg of sodium (26% DV), 45 grams of total carbohydrates (16% DV), 2 grams of dietary fiber (7% DV), 6 grams of total sugars, 4 grams of added sugars (8% DV), and 10 grams of protein.
To bake this pizza, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pizza on the center rack (I placed my pizza on a pizza pan with holes). Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. If a crispier crust is preferred, allow an additional 4 minutes of baking time.
This took about 11 minutes in my oven, and it was surprisingly good. The bottom of the crust was slightly crispy (it took a few extra passes with the pizza slicer to thoroughly cut it), and the crust had a faint sweet flavor. The sauce was flavorful, the cheese was nicely browned, and there was a decent amount of pepperoni on top. The sauce and toppings don’t go as far to the edge of the crust as they do on most other pizzas, but that wasn’t a deal breaker for my family. I didn’t tell my kids this was a gluten free pizza, and they couldn’t tell the difference between it and a traditional pizza. This is definitely a winner if you want a gluten free pizza.
Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Take & Bake Gluten Free Pizza comes in cheese or uncured pepperoni varieties. The thin crust is made primarily with rice flour. We tried the pepperoni version, and it was excellent with a crispy crust, zesty sauce, plenty of cheese, and a good amount of pepperoni. If you eat a gluten free diet and are craving pizza, this is worth trying.