From start to finish, you could have Vegan Pesto and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza made in about 30 minutes! It’s the perfect option for a weeknight dinner or an informal gathering. This Pesto Pizza tastes amazing with it’s fusion of pesto, vegan mozzarella, sauce and roasted peppers. It’s easy to see why this pizza can become a family favorite or the pizza you crave!
About the Ingredients
To make vegan Pesto and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza, you’ll need these ingredients.
- Vegan Pesto: Made with fresh basil, nuts (such as pine nuts or walnuts), garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and lemon juice. It offers a vibrant and herby flavor. Mix up your flavor by trying other types of pesto sauces.
- Vegan Mozzarella: A dairy-free alternative to traditional mozzarella cheese, providing creaminess and a cheesy taste.
- Roasted Red Peppers: Sliced roasted red peppers, which are sweet and smoky, add a delightful contrast to the pizza.
- Pizza Dough: The base of the pizza, which can be store-bought or homemade.
- Pizza Sauce: Provides a rich and savory flavor base to the pizza. It adds moisture and helps binds the toppings. The acidity and brightness adds balance to this pizza.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add additional toppings?
Sure! One of the best parts of making your own pizzas is being able to customize it. Here are some tasty options:
- Sautéed Mushrooms: Sliced and sautéed mushrooms can add a savory, earthy flavor to your pizza.
- Black or Kalamata Olives: If you enjoy olives, consider adding sliced black or Kalamata olives for a briny and slightly salty kick.
- Artichoke Hearts: Artichoke hearts, either marinated or canned, can provide a delightful tangy and tender element to your pizza.
- Cherry Tomatoes: Halved cherry tomatoes can add a burst of freshness and juiciness to each bite.
- Fresh Spinach: Fresh spinach leaves can be added for a pop of vibrant green color and a mild, leafy taste.
- Caramelized Onions: Sliced and caramelized onions will add sweetness and depth of flavor to your pizza.
- Fresh Arugula: After baking, you can top your pizza with fresh arugula for a peppery and crisp finish.
- Vegan Sausage or Tempeh: For a heartier pizza, consider adding crumbled or sliced vegan sausage or tempeh.
- Fresh Herbs: Besides basil, you can experiment with other fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, or rosemary for added aroma and flavor.
Remember to balance your toppings to ensure they complement each other. Mix and match toppings! It’s fun to create your own signature vegan pizza masterpiece.
Favorite Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipes
Vegan Pesto and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza
- 1 16 oz store-bought or homemade pizza dough
- 1 cup pesto sauce (store bought or homemade)
- ⅓ cup vegan pizza sauce
- 1 jar or store-bought roasted red bell peppers (or 2 homemade roasted red bell peppers sliced or chopped into 1/2 inch pieces.)
- ½ cup vegan mozzarella cheese, shredded (optional)
- red pepper flakes (optional, for some heat)
- fresh basil leaves (optional)
- Preheat your oven to the temperature specified on your pizza dough package or to 450°F (232°C) if using homemade dough. Place a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet in the oven while it preheats.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to your desired thickness. If you're using a pizza stone, you can transfer the dough onto parchment paper to make transferring to the hot stone easier.
- Spread a layer of vegan pizza sauce evenly over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.
- Next, add your toppings: Spread a generous layer of dollops of vegan pesto over the pizza sauce. Then add the roasted red bell peppers and mozzarella cheese.
- If you like some heat, sprinkle red pepper flakes over the toppings.
- Carefully transfer the pizza (with parchment paper if using) onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven.Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, and the toppings are cooked and slightly caramelized.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a minute or two.Garnish with fresh basil leaves for a burst of flavor and freshness.Slice and serve your delicious Vegan Pesto and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pizza