Cauliflower pizza crust, how do we love thee? You’re low-carb, low-cal, gluten-free and really darn delicious. But not all cauliflower pizza crusts are created equal.
Until recently, our favorite was Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust. For about $4, you get a marinara- and mozzarella-slathered crust that clocks in at just 80 calories and 17g carbs. The crust is held together with cornstarch, potato starch, olive oil and sea salt.
This month, though, Aldi released its own line of cauliflower pizza crust: Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Take-and-Bake Cauliflower Crust Deli Pizza, available in cheese or pepperoni for $7 on March 6 for a limited time. Aldi’s comes with a larger price tag because it’s nearly double in size—one whole pound versus 10.6 ounces.
We taste tested Aldi’s version and noticed one major difference: The entire crust gets magically crispy in the oven. While the Trader Joe’s crust gets crispy around the edges, the middle remains—how do we put this nicely?—somewhat soggy. That’s easy to overlook when there’s a boatload of toppings, but Aldi’s evenly crisp crust made us see the light.
Curious, we took a look at the ingredients. Aldi's crust contains one addition the TJ's crust doesn't have: cheese. Clearly, it crisps up when it bakes in the oven and adds lots of savory umami flavor to plain old cauliflower. And while it ups the calories for a comparable serving to 112, it reduces the carbs to a measly nine. That's it: We'll take Aldi's cauliflower pizza any day.