Homemade Veggie Pizza (V, GF) is made with an herby spelt-flour crust, simple tomato sauce, LOADS of sautéed veggies and topped with a "secret" ingredient. The result... ??? !!!
Yes. I'm fully serious. Pizza without cheese.
I have never loved lunch as much as I do in this moment - a gluten-free, vegan, plant-based pizza whose entire texture and form mimics the real deal. WHHAAA??
Can I just tell you something? As of late I have been eating LOADS of whole-food/plant-based recipes and I'm kinda loving it. My skin is clearer, my weight consistent and my energy level is at an all time high. It stands to follow that you may have noticed that more vegan/gluten-free recipes have been popping up around here. I write about recipes I love, and of course I would never share recipes with you that I didn't love or actually make or actually eat in my real life sooo, homemade veggie pizza. Ohhh my goodness, you are going to love it!
Occasionally you just need to get out of your "dietary rutt" (<-- it's a thing) and change things up (eat all the veggies) in order to feel your best? Just me?
This pizza provides the opportunity to just that. It starts with a homemade spelt crust covered in a simple tomato sauce and ends with loads of sautéed veggies topped with tons of herbs and spices.
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: One of my favorite things about this recipe is the sautéed veggies. Sautéing gives the vegetables a head start on cooking and ensure that the end result isn't crunchy and undercooked toppings. You can do this 1-3 days ahead of time. Just follow recipe directions but instead of assembling the pizza, place the cooked veggies in an airtight container and refrigerate.
The Pizza sauce can also be prepped ahead of time. Just follow recipe directions and store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the pizza.
Make Ahead: I ALWAYS assemble pizzas while my kids are napping. Wait, let me rephrase.. I do not create pizza every time that my children close their eyes. That would be weird. If I am making pizza, I do the cooking during nap. Instead of baking the pizza, I just put it on the pizza stone and cover it with plastic wrap. When it's dinner time I just pop it in the oven.
Freezer: Since this recipe contains sautéed veggie it really isn't ideal for the freezer. If you REALLY want to make pizzas and freeze them I would recommend skipping the part where you pre-cook the veggies a bit in the skillet and just place them onto the pizza raw instead. Sautéed veggies that have been frozen get a bit of a funky texture when reheated.Print
- Homemade Spelt Pizza Crust (recipe link in helpful hints section below) OR Store-bought
- ¾ cup of tomato sauce
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 TBS olive oil
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced (I used a mandolin)
- ½ red pepper, thinly sliced (I used a mandolin)
- 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced (you can sub a regular tomato if desired)
- ½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped
- 1 TBS nutritional yeast
- Heat oven and prepare pizza dough according to recipe or package directions.
- In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder and honey/maple syrup. Stir to combine. Set Aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute. Add the onions, peppers and mushrooms to the pan and sauté until they are tender-crisp. Do not over cook. Remove veggies from heat, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- ASSEMBLY: Cover pizza crust with the tomato sauce mixture. Make sure to leave about ½ inch of the perimeter of the crust uncovered. Top tomato sauce with the sautéed veggies. Top veggies with sliced tomatoes and artichokes. Sprinkle nutritional yeast over the top of the pizza. Cook pizza according to the crust recipe or package instructions.
- Remove pizza from oven and allow to cool prior to servings.
- There are lots of little short cuts that you can do to reduce prep time. You can swap homemade crust for store-bought or use store-bought marinara sauce in place of homemade pizza sauce (I Love RAO's brand). Just make sure to check the ingredient lists and make sure that there isn't anything funky!
- I made this 4-Ingredient Spelt Pizza Dough from mynewroots.org and it was delicious and super simple It also made waaaayyy more dough than we needed so I was able to freeze some to use the next time we have pizza night.
- I know, I know.. you are probably wondering what in the world nutritional yeast is and where to find it. For starters, it's a seasoning and the flavor is kinda cheese like so it goes perfectly with pizza! It used to be a bit tough to find but it has become more widely available. I have seen it at Wal-Mart, Kroger and Whole-Foods. You can also order it online HERE.
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