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Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  201
  • Protein  11 g
  • Carbohydrates  19 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  25 mg
  • Sodium  75 mg
  • Potassium  176 mg
  • Phosphorus  115 mg
  • Calcium  118 mg
  • Fiber  1.4 g

Homemade Pizza

There's nothing else like a pizza cooking in your own oven, so try this kidney-friendly recipe for Homemade Pizza.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Victoria from Illinois.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1 slice (1/12 of pizza)


  • 1-1/4 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 3 ounces low-sodium tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil, sugar and flour to make dough. Place in a greased bowl, cover and set aside.
  2. Combine tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, garlic powder, Italian seasonings and remaining oil in a small saucepan and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Chop onion and bell pepper.
  4. Brown meat with black and red peppers in a skillet. Drain off fat. Add onion and green pepper.
  5. Grease a 17” x 14” baking sheet or pizza pan. Press dough onto sheet. Spread sauce, meat mixture and cheese over dough. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until dough and cheese are golden brown.
  6. Cut into 12 servings.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1 vegetable, low potassium 
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • 1/2 package dry yeast equals 1-1/4 teaspoons.
  • Each pizza slice has only 1/2 ounce of cheese to keep phosphorus low.

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Homemade Pizza

ronc4172 says:


tried the recipe and it was excellent , glad I can have pizza !did have to substitute low fat cheese though.

Mar. 24, 2014, 8:13 AM - Inappropriate review?

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UMEONE says:


This is what was missing in my kidney care program,defined information on what I could eat, what were its properties and how to prepare it. Thank you!

Mar. 23, 2014, 6:48 PM - Inappropriate review?

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3kittys3 says:


Thanks for this recipe. It's a great thing to be able to include pizza in our diet again.

Mar. 19, 2014, 11:45 AM - Inappropriate review?

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shirl99 says:


Can i get these recipes in a book? Dietitian comment: Currently we do not have all the DaVita.com recipes in a book, but we do have downloadable recipe collections at www.davita.com/cookbooks. Check out the DaVita Diet Helper[INVALID]it has a feature that allows you to mark your favorite recipes and save in one place called My Favorites.

Mar. 18, 2014, 7:21 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Food4Gramps says:


Is the tablespoon of sugar vital to the dough? Or could I cut it to half a tablespoon? I just know my Grandpa needs to watch his sugar intake and want to make sure it is ok for him to eat. Dietitian comment: The sugar helps the yeast grow faster. You can omit it or decrease to 1 teaspoon, but allow longer for the dough to rise or use rapid rise yeast.

Dec. 18, 2013, 10:18 AM - Inappropriate review?

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1965bailey says:


can I use flat bread instead of the dough for a quicker meal? how would that affect the nutrients? Dietitian comment: Yes, flatbread is usually lower in sodium compared to pizza dough. Potassium and phosphorus are similar.

Aug. 10, 2013, 11:58 AM - Inappropriate review?

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samopie says:


how much can you eat? Dietitian comment: The serving size is 1 slice but many people can easily include 2 slices in a meal if protein is not restricted.

Mar. 09, 2013, 7:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

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mspiper says:


Each slice is only 1/2 oz of cheese...that's 75 mg of phosphorus, which is pretty low eat several pieces but remember TAKE YOUR BINDERS! :)

Jan. 17, 2013, 10:33 AM - Inappropriate review?

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1150 says:


This is very good..the crust melts in your mouth. loved it. Used a little less cheese.

Nov. 06, 2012, 8:31 AM - Inappropriate review?

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pmeyer4 says:


i can live with it

Oct. 20, 2012, 1:47 PM - Inappropriate review?

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mwaiau says:


Ok so as much as I love pizza, with the cheese, there is phosphorus in it, and I seen that each slice has only a 1/2 oz to keep it low but what else is there when or diet says no cheese or milk product, then what do we do then?

Sep. 06, 2012, 6:05 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Peggy says:


Made this for myself. Shared with a neighbor. I enjoyed it and plan on making again when my craving for pizza rears its head.

Jun. 14, 2012, 12:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

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kubaa434 says:


Very good recipe

Jun. 03, 2012, 8:20 AM - Inappropriate review?

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gogi says:


GREAT recipe!

May. 23, 2012, 2:00 PM - Inappropriate review?

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LindaMaeWetzel says:


WHAT is pomi sauce? and where do u get it? thx Moderator comment: Pomi is a brand name tomato sauce.

May. 21, 2012, 12:50 PM - Inappropriate review?

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rose2 says:


one piece would not be enough for my husband what could he eat with it, because it sounds very good

May. 17, 2012, 4:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Jlamb21 says:


We really love this recepie. Instead of meat we use Smart Deli Veggie Protein 'Pepperoni' slices which have no choloesterol and low in protein. Other times we use ground turkey intead of the red meat. We also use a pizza stone with a little white corn meal on the bottom to prevent sticking. it makes for a lighter, cripyer crust.

Feb. 01, 2012, 9:57 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Lillupie says:


I cant believe this! 6oz of cheese. Im begining to think of a dietition says its ok then its ok. If a patient made this up then it wouldnt be ok! How is this any different from any other pizza that is homemade?? Moderator comment: Each slice of this pizza has 1/2 ounce of cheese, so even 2 slices would be acceptable for most kidney diets.

Jan. 17, 2012, 9:40 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Pinkyz says:


This is my first time writing about one of the recipes I have tried. It was awesome! My husband is one of the fussiest eaters in the Universe & he loved the pizza!!

Dec. 31, 2011, 4:27 PM - Inappropriate review?

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reno says:


hi can I just go buy the pizza crust.I cant have tomatoes or sugar and I have to use White sauce. Moderator comment: Prepared pizza dough will add approximately 120 mg sodium to each slice of pizza.

Oct. 29, 2011, 6:44 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Bowtiebabe says:


Great recipe to play with! I used ground turkey, added mushrooms and used a vegan mozzarella cheese substitute for mine. Quick easy, edible and fun!

Oct. 21, 2011, 5:04 PM - Inappropriate review?

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silvergirl says:


Why can't you use Pomi tomato sauce there is nothing added to it, and I like the flavor better. Moderator note: Yes you can make the substitution as long as the Pomi sauce has no added salt. 3/4 cup tomato sauce is equivalent to 3 oz tomato paste.

Apr. 24, 2010, 9:54 AM - Inappropriate review?

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SmilingHoney says:


My husband (the non-dialysis one of us) enjoyed this so much that he had 4 pieces by himself! I added a little more herbs to the meat (Mrs. Dash Spicy mix) during the cooking. I try to add a little more flavor since my husband is also eating with me. But this recipe was definitely a winner and is now part of our weekly menu.

Aug. 16, 2009, 7:48 PM - Inappropriate review?

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