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For outstanding flavor and texture, make a Crunchy Parmesan Bowl. Spaghettiless is my favorite use for one.

Crunchy Parmesan Bowl

I love cheese. Pick a cheese, any cheese. If left to my own devices, I would become a cheesatarian. Especially, Parmesan is one of my favorites. Versatile and salty, it adds a punch to foods.

When I started eating keto, I gave up bread and pasta. I missed the crunch of croutons and garlic bread with salads and pasta. Since Parmesan adds so much to a recipe, I began experimenting with it to create a Crunchy Parmesan Bowl. It took me a couple of tries to perfect my gluten free, low carb recipe. Once I discovered that soup cups are the perfect size, I was set to enjoy salad and pasta again.

Chef Alexa says that freshly grated Parmesan melts better and is free of additives. It will make a crispier bowl.

Usually, I serve Caesar Salad and Spaghettiless in these. You can make them in advance and hold for a couple of weeks in a resealable plastic bag. What else are you going to serve in the Crunchy Parmesan Bowl? Let me know.

Use soup cups to form the bowls. To save counter space, I double them up.

Comment on Instagram what you want to serve in the bowl.

Less than 5 minutes

Less than 5 minutes

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  1. In a 9-inch skillet, sprinkle cheese into an 8-inch circle.
  2. Cook over medium heat until bubbly and golden brown.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand for 20 seconds.
  4. Very carefully, use a spatula to remove cheese from pan. 
  5. Immediately, drape over an inverted bowl. 
  6. Place another bowl of same size atop and let cool.
  7. When room temperature, remove bowls and fill with sauce or salad.

1 bowl

Because of the attention needed to pay to each bowl, don’t try to do more than one at a time.
Also, make sure to let skillet cool completely between sessions. I use multiple ones.
Want to add some flavor? Incorporate crushed red pepper flakes or dried herbs into the grated Parmesan.

Net carbs: 4 grams
Total carbs: 4 grams
Fiber: 0 grams
Fat: 29 grams
Protein: 40 grams
Calories: 443
Glycemic load: 1


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