Simple Plant-Based Pizza
Pizza night! We all love it and as soon as it's over, we look forward to the next one.One of my biggest struggles with eating plant-based, has been to find a pizza that I actually like. Often times at a restaurant, the vegan cheese that's used isn't good, if offered at all. Finding a pizza that I actually like has left me feeling disappointed one too many times.So, I decided it was time to make my own. This recipe can easily be altered to include your favorite pizza topping. Have fun, play around with it, and make pizza night a happening thing at your house.
- 1/2 of one Trader Joe’s garlic-herb pizza crust **see note below for alternative crust options**
- 1/2 cup Bell pepper chopped
- 1/3 cup Red onion chopped
- 1 cup Button mushrooms chopped
- 1/3 cup Pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup Pickled hot pepper (jalapeno or banana peppers) sliced
- 1/3 cup Black Olives sliced
- 1 15oz Can tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt (to taste)
- 1/4 cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and position a rack in the middle of the oven.
- Prepare sauce by adding tomato sauce to a mixing bowl and adding seasonings and salt to taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
- Roll out dough onto a floured surface and transfer to a parchment-lined round baking sheet. The pizza will go in the oven the parchment. The pizza and parchment will be directly to the oven rack, without a pan, to properly crisp the crust.
- Top with desired amount of tomato sauce, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and the veggies.
- Use the baking sheet to gently slide the pizza and parchment directly onto the oven rack. The parchment will help prevent it from falling through.
- Bake for 17-20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
You do not have to use a Trader Joe's crust for this recipe. If you live near a Whole Foods, Engine 2 makes a great pizza crust that is easy to use. There are many groceries stores that now have frozen cauliflower crust and there are a wide variety of recipes on the internet for other plant-based crust options.