My ultimate favorite pizza of all time is the classic pepperoni pizza. Ever since I’ve moved to NYC, it has always been my go-to to judge a pizza place based on one of two slices – the cheese slice (also known as the “plain” slice, if you’re local), and the pepperoni slice. Typically, a slice can range between a whopping 300-400 calories, depending on the heft and the amount of cheese and pepperoni is on the crust. I could never turn down a greasy, fat-laden slice when I wasn’t on macros.
Mind you, my version could never replace the deliciousness of a NYC slice, as NYC slices are world-renown for its depth of flavor and all-around deliciousness. However, since I crave pizza often (as you can see with my frequent recipe posts on the subject), I knew I had to find an alternative so I wouldn’t crave it as much.
So I decided to use my go-to Panini Slims from Trader Joe’s as the crust vehicle to see if I could find some way to fit into my macros – and I’ve been successful. Yay! 🙂
The secret to increasing the protein is by mixing a little non-fat ricotta cheese with the mozzarella. Luckily, it doesn’t mess with the overall flavor since I only used a 1/2 cup for the whole batch, and it combines very well with the mozzarella when melted. Also, rather than using the typical pork/beef mix pepperoni, I replaced it with a turkey pepperoni, that has less fat, but still has the flavor I was looking for.
So there you have it! You can have about 2-3 slices of these pretty babies and not feel guilty! Enjoy!
(makes 16 slices)
2 packages Trader Joe’s Panini Slims
16 oz. light shredded mozzarella cheese
2 packages (8 oz. total) turkey pepperoni slices
1/2 cup non-fat ricotta cheese
For the sauce:
1 cup no-salt tomato sauce
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. italian herb seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, spray saucepan with cooking spray and saute garlic for 30 seconds until garlic releases its fragrance.
- Add tomato sauce, herbs, salt and pepper and stir for 2-3 minutes until mixture starts to simmer. Set aside
- In a large bowl, mix mozzarella and ricotta cheese until well-combined. Set aside.
- Take two baking sheets and line each one with 8 Panini Slim halves.
- To assemble each pizza: 1) Pour 1 tbsp. of sauce and use a spatula to spread the sauce evenly on each Panini Slim. 2) Spoon 1/8 heaping cup of cheese and spread evenly on top of the sauce. 3) Arrange 7-8 pepperoni slices on top of the cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese has melted and turned slightly golden brown.