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Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowls

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These Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowls also called cottage cheese pizza dip, are cheesy bowls with a delicious pizza taste and packed with 20 grams of protein. They are low-carb, gluten-free, and perfect as a quick pizza night to fix your pizza cravings.

A red ramekin with baked cottage cheese, grated grilled mozzarella and pepperoni slices.

I have shared with you so many low-carb pizza recipes, you love my almond flour pizza crust, but somedays, I crave pizza and I don’t feel like baking for too log. That’s why I had to try the TikTok cottage cheese pizza bowl trend, and also because I go crazy over cottage cheese recipes for years now.

They look very similar to my pizza bowl recipe, except that these are using cottage cheese instead of ground beef as a base. The mixture look a bit like my keto pizza dip after baking, but I do prefer the nutrition profile of cottage cheese pizza bowls. They are higher in protein, lower in calories and have a light sour flavor that is amazing.

Why You Will Love These Pizza Bowls

  • Low-calorie pizza
  • High-protein meal
  • Easy to make in 10 minutes
  • Taste like pizza but easier and healthier for you
  • Kid-friendly

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Cottage Cheese – You can use full-fat or low-fat cottage cheese to cut down the calories. Both are great. Another option is to use flavored cottage cheese, like chives cottage cheese, to boost flavors.
  • Marinara Sauce or any tomato sauce you love. You can also use my keto pizza sauce if preferred.
  • Italian Seasoning is a must for the best pizza flavors.
  • Garlic Powder – This adds a delicious boost of flavor. You can try onion powder as a swap.
  • Bell Pepper – Green, red or yellow any kind you love on your pizza.
  • Black Olive Slices or mushrooms
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese is the best, as it melts very well and gets stringy. This said, I also love Parmesan cheese or feta cheese on top of my pizza.
  • Pepperoni Slices or any of your favorite pizza toppings. It can be salami, turkey pepperoni, Italian sausage for fewer calories, or shredded rotisserie chicken. My tip is to use any topping that brings delicious pizza flavors to you! Some people like pineapple, ham, or bacon on their pizza. Add the toppings that will remain on your pizza.

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There’s nothing complicated about this recipe!

  1. Pour the cottage cheese, marinara sauce, vegetables of choice, and spices into a mixing bowl. If you don’t like the curd texture of cottage cheese, or you are after a runner texture closer to a pizza dip, blend the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  1. Stir until evenly combined, then stir in half of the remaining mozzarella.
  1. Divide the cottage cheese mixture evenly into two oven-safe bowls, or you can also pour everything in a large baking dish. Spread extra marinara sauce on top if you like.
  1. Then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and lay a few slices of pepperoni on top. For flavor, add a pinch of salt, chili flakes, black pepper, or extra Italian seasoning.

There are three ways to cook pizza bowls.

  • Microwave. Make sure you are using a microwave-safe bowl or ramekin. Microwave the ramekins at 1000W for 1 minute. Repeat for 30 seconds until the mixture is cheesy and the cheese on top is melted.
  • Oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake in the center rack for 15 minutes or until warm and the cheese is grilled and melted.
  • Air Fryer. This is my favorite option for cooking the pizza bowls, it’s fast and it really broiled the cheese. Air-fry for 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C) or until the cheese is grilled and mixture is bubbly.
    Or simply microwave the bowls until the cheese melts.


Serve the bowl with fresh basil or a pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicy addition.

Then, eat by the fork or the perfect pizza recipe to dip some of the following:

A red ramekin filled with cottage cheese, grated melted cheese, pepperoni slices and a golden fork digging in the bowl showing the cheesy texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any vegetables?

Yes, you can stir in any vegetables you like on a regular pizza in the pizza bowl. Chop them into small pieces, including mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, red onion, artichokes, or spinach. I don’t recommend watery vegetables like cherry tomatoes that make the filling watery.

How can I store leftovers?

Place the remaining pizza bowl in an airtight container and store for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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a red ramekin with baked cottage cheese, grated grilled mozzarella and pepperoni slices

Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowls

These Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowls are crustless pizza bowls packed with 20 grams of protein and low-carb, perfect as a quick keto pizza night to fix your pizza cravings.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 bowls
Serving Size: 1 serving
4.86 from 7 votes



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  • Prepare two ramekins. I used Le Creuset small casseroles, which are air fryer and microwave safe.
  • In a large bowl, stir cottage cheese, marinara sauce, pieces of olives, red bell pepper, and spices. If you are not a fan of cottage cheese curd, first blend cottage cheese and marinara sauce in a blender or food processor. Then, stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Stir in half the grated cheese.
  • Divide the mixture evenly into both ramekins and top up with 1 tablespoon of marina sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices.
  • Air fry at 400°F (200°C) for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the mixture is bubbly. Or microwave for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. You can also preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake for 15-16 minutes or until the cheese is melted and grilled.
  • Dip in low-carb chips or almond flour crackers for a low-carb pizza dinner.
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Nutrition1 serving
Yield: 2 bowls


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 164.1 kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 8.3 g (3%)Fiber: 1.5 g (6%)Net Carbs: 6.8 gProtein: 19.2 g (38%)Fat: 6.2 g (10%)Saturated Fat: 3.3 g (21%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3 gMonounsaturated Fat: 2 gCholesterol: 19.3 mg (6%)Sodium: 929.5 mg (40%)Potassium: 329.8 mg (9%)Sugar: 5.9 g (7%)Vitamin A: 753.1 IU (15%)Vitamin B12: 1.1 µg (18%)Vitamin C: 16.2 mg (20%)Vitamin D: 0.1 µg (1%)Calcium: 183.1 mg (18%)Iron: 1.1 mg (6%)Magnesium: 22.1 mg (6%)Zinc: 1.2 mg (8%)
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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    9 Thoughts On Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowls
  1. 5 stars
    I have been craving pizza and this hit the spot. Will be my new go to. I modified with green olives and bolognese sauce. Perfect! I will be making this to bring to work this week. Thank you so much for a low carb option that doesn’t include cauliflower.

  2. 5 stars
    I made a version of this and it was delivered! Instead of marinara sauce (I didn’t have any on hand) I used tomato paste and put it all inside of a half of a sweet pepper and air fried. ♥️

  3. 4 stars
    The pizza flavor in this was really good! The only thing I would do differently next time would be to chop the pepperoni into pieces. I’m a meat in every bite type of person and once cooked (I did the microwave method this time, will do air fryer the next) the pepperoni was really hard to cut with the edge of my spoon. Otherwise, spice and marinara ratio to cottage cheese was spot on. I also tried using it as a dip, but prefer just eating it with a spoon.

  4. 5 stars
    To me it tasted just like a supreme pizza. Had it for brunch. Will make it again for myself when my husband wants pizza night. Thank you


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