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How to Make Vegan Pizza

How to Make Vegan Pizza

Choosing a vegan diet doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the good stuff, like pizza. It actually really makes you think about what you’re putting in your body and the flavour combinations you’re constructing in your feel-good food. Contrary to popular belief, a vegan diet doesn’t make it more difficult to source delicious meals. In fact, you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients needed for this vegan pizza in your fridge and store cupboards – why not give it a go?

Pizza Ingredients:

  • Bought Vegan Pizza Crust or our Pizza Dough Recipe
  • Red Onion
  • Bell Peppers (green, orange and red, or whatever you have)
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Vegan Cheese (parmesan or mozzarella-style)
    • If you choose to make your own, you’ll need cashew nuts, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp of Salt
  • ½ tsp of Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp of Basil
  • ½ tsp of Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes or Chilli (optional)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Can of Tomato Paste or Sauce
  • ¼ tsp of Salt
  • ½ tsp of Granulated Sugar
  • ½ tsp of Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp of Basil
  • ½ tsp of Oregano

Equipment:

Baking

METHOD: Simple (But Scrumptious!) Vegan Pizza

  1. Preheat your oven to 220°C (200°C fan or gas mark 7) and move an oven rack to the middle.
  2. Chop up your red onion, peppers and mushrooms. Add a dash of olive oil to a large frying pan and bring to the heat on the hob. Add the onion and pepper to the pan and season with your herbs and salt. Leave to cook for about 10 minutes, until soft, and then add the mushrooms to cook for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. To make the pizza sauce, empty a can of tomato paste or sauce into a mixing bowl, season with your herbs, sugar and salt, and then mix it all up. You may need add a little water if the sauce seems very thick.
  4. If you’ve bought in vegan parmesan or mozzarella-style cheese, ignore the step. Alternatively, it’s really simple to make your own parmesan-style cheese using cashew nuts. Simply add raw cashews, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt to a blender or food processor, give it a whiz, and it’ll create a fine consistency like parmesan cheese.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your bought pizza crust on top. If you’ve made your own pizza dough, simply sprinkle flour over your work surface, roll the dough out, and then place it on the parchment paper.
  6. Spread your homemade pizza sauce across the pizza and then add the onion, pepper and mushrooms that you cooked earlier. You could also add red pepper flakes or chilli for a little heat. Finally, sprinkle on your homemade or bought vegan parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
  7. When it comes to putting the pizza in the oven, you want to gently slide it off the pizza tray directly onto the oven rack. Note: Make sure you keep the parchment paper underneath the pizza in the oven – the dough could drop through the rack if not!
  8. Leave the pizza in the oven to bake for between 15 and 20 minutes, or until it’s crisped up and the crust is a lovely golden brown colour. Keep checking on it if you’re unsure!
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