Too good! This didn’t disappoint! Still can’t believe it’s low carb!

– 1 cup cottage cheese (full fat for richer flavor, or low-fat for fewer calories)
– 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/2 cup low-carb pizza sauce or marinara sauce
– 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional for a touch of heat)
– 1/2 cup diced bell peppers (any color you fancy)
– 1/4 cup sliced black olives
– 1/4 cup minced onion
– 1/2 cup cooked sausage or pepperoni slices (omit for a vegetarian option)
– Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional but delightful)
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F, like a warm Midwestern sunrise greets the day.
2. In a bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, half of the mozzarella, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder until well blended.
3. Spread this mixture into a small, ovenproof bowl or individual-sized casserole dish.
4. Pour the pizza sauce evenly over the cottage cheese mixture, like spreading the quilt over the bed.
5. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese across the top with a heart as generous as the Midwest sky.
6. Decorate your bowl with the bell pepper, olives, onion, and sausage or pepperoni, just as a patchwork quilt is adorned with varied patterns.
7. Slide the bowl into the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is beautifully melted and slightly golden, like an autumn harvest moon.
8. Once done, let it sit for a few moments – patience, dear, is a virtue. Then garnish with fresh basil leaves if you’ve got them.
Variations & Tips
– For a lighter touch, swap out the sausage for grilled chicken or keep it vegetarian.
– Each season’s bounty offers something new; feel free to add roasted vegetables from summer’s zucchini to autumn’s squash.
– The herbs in this recipe can be fresh from the garden in the summer or dried from the pantry in the winter; feel free to adjust to what you have on hand.
– Remember that the joy of cooking is putting your own spin on things, so if you’ve got a family favorite cheese or a secret ingredient, don’t hesitate to tuck it into this dish.
– And lastly, if your heart longs for more traditional pizza, you can replicate this recipe with a low-carb tortilla as a base—just bake it for a shorter time.

May your days be filled with the kind of warmth that only a belly full of good food can offer. This Low Carb Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl is much more than a recipe; it’s comfort and tradition, reimagined for your modern table. Enjoy, dear heart.

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