3 Vegan Pizza Recipes

Pizza is one of my kids’ favourite meals.  They’re pretty easy to make  They make a quick meal and pretty nutritious.  Sometimes I make my own dough or sometimes use store-bought pizza bases depending on how much time and energy I have.  Some store-bought pizza bases are accidentally vegan so it’s always worth checking.  I used gluten-free and vegan ones from Schär in these photos.  But you can use any vegan bases or make home made dough if you like.

I usually make my own pizza sauce, which is pretty quick and easy.  But if you want to make this even easier, then feel free to use store-bought pizza sauce or pasta sauce.  Or even just spread on some passata or tomato purée with dried herbs.

I love Violife vegan cheese for pizza.  Though you can use any brand of vegan cheese, homemade cheese or even leave the cheese out.  I often don’t even add cheese to pizzas and they are just as good!

Once you have the bases and sauce, pizzas are really quick and easy to prepare and the variations are limitless.  Add whatever toppings you like.  I included three of our recent favourite recipe ideas in this blog post, but you can vary them based on what you have and what you like.

 

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

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This is a veganised version of a BBQ chicken pizza.  I’ve actually never had one and didn’t think I’d like BBQ sauce on a pizza but it’s really good.  Cauliflower works nicely as a replacement for chicken as it has a fairly neutral flavour.  It won’t really be much like chicken but is a good replacement when you don’t want to use more processed and expensive faux-meat.  It soaks up flavours well and works really nicely on pizza.  I think it would also be really good if you used tempeh instead of cauliflower or as well as cauliflower.  I might try that another day.  Or feel free to use vegan chicken-style faux meat if you want.  Most BBQ sauces that I’ve seen are suitable for vegans.  You can use whatever one you like or even make a homemade one if you feel like it.  The red onion and fresh coriander goes really well with this and gives it a more fresh taste.

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Ingredients

Makes 1 pizza

1 vegan pizza base (homemade or store bought)

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce (plus more for drizzling on top if you want)

1 small cauliflower or half a large cauliflower

A few handfuls of grated vegan cheese (I used half a block of Violife for Pizza)

1/2 a small red onion

Fresh coriander leaf (cilantro) as garnish

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How it’s made:

Chop the cauliflower into small florets.

Blanch the cauliflower for about two minutes, then drain completely.

Toss the blanched cauliflower with 2 tbsp. of the BBQ sauce to coat it.

 Spread 1/3 of a cup of BBQ sauce on the pizza base, or more if you have a bigger pizza base or like more (I used quite a small one).

Put the cauliflower florets on the pizza.

Sprinkle the grated cheese over the cauliflower.

Peel and thinly slice 1/2 the red onion.  Put this on top (use as much as you like, I only added a little).

Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the cauliflower is starting to go brown in places.

Sprinkle with chopped coriander (cilantro) before serving.

Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce if you like.

Vegan Hawaiian Pizza 

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This is based on a “Hawaiian” style ham and pineapple pizza.  I used to like these before I was vegan and wanted to recreate it.  Interesting fact when I was reading about pizza varieties, I learned that Hawaiian pizzas were actually invented in Canada.  Even so, it makes a delicious vegan pizza!  The pineapple is really good.  I veganised it by using marinated tempeh, thinly sliced and chopped up, but you could use vegan ham-style faux meat slices.  If you can’t get either of these or would prefer not to use them, I think thinly sliced mushroom would be really good on it too!

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Ingredients:

Makes 1 pizza

1 pizza base (store bought or home made)

For the sauce:

Olive oil

1 small onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp. tomato purée

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 heaped tsp. dried oregano

Sea salt and black pepper

Toppings:

Fresh pineapple (about two handfuls of diced pineapple or pineapple rings if you like)

A few handfuls of grated vegan cheese (I used half a block of Violife for Pizza)

For the tempeh (if using):

1 package of tempeh (you don’t need much of it for 1 pizza)

1 tbsp. olive oil

Smoked paprika

Sea salt

Alternatively use vegan ham-style slices or mushrooms instead of tempeh

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How it’s made:

Thinly slice and chop some tempeh, as much as you want for your pizza.

Finely slice the tempeh, if using.  Put it in a bowl and add 1 tbsp. olive oil, plenty of sea salt and a few sprinkles of smoked paprika.  Mix it up and leave to sit while you make the sauce and assemble the pizza.

Or if you’re using vegan ham slices, then chop them up small.  If you’re using mushrooms, then thinly slice them.

For the sauce, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil over a medium heat in a small saucepan.  Peel and finely chop the onion.  Add to the saucepan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Peel and mince or crush the garlic.  Add to the pan and cook for another minutes or two, stirring occasionally.  Add the tomato purée and stir and cook for another minutes.  Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, oregano, sea salt and black pepper to taste.  Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.  This should be enough sauce for about two pizzas, so if you’re only making one you can save the sauce for another dish like pasta.

Spread some sauce on the pizza base.  Sprinkle with the vegan cheese.  Then put the pineapple and tempeh (or vegan ham or mushrooms) on top of the pizza.

Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.

Vegan Margherita Pizza

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Margherita pizza is really simple but nice, with tomato, basil and mozzarella.  I use vegan mozzarella of course.  I love Violife mozzarella but homemade cashew mozzarella is also really nice.  I add slices of tomatoes and use a homemade sauce to add more goodness.  My three year old really likes it!

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Ingredients:

Makes 1 pizza

1 pizza base (home made or store-bought)

For the sauce:

Olive oil

1 small onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp. tomato purée

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 heaped tsp. dried oregano

Sea salt and black pepper

Toppings:

1 tomato, thinly sliced

A few handles of vegan mozzarella, grated or sliced

A few fresh basil leaves

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How it’s made:

For the sauce, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil over a medium heat in a small saucepan.  Peel and finely chop the onion.  Add to the saucepan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Peel and mince or crush the garlic.  Add to the pan and cook for another minutes or two, stirring occasionally.  Add the tomato purée and stir and cook for another minutes.  Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, oregano, sea salt and black pepper to taste.  Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.  This should be enough sauce for about two pizzas, so if you’re only making one you can save the sauce for another dish like pasta.

Put a layer of sauce on the pizza base.  Sprinkle the cheese on the top.  Add the tomato slices on top of this.

Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.

Scatter fresh basil leaves on top and serve.

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