This homemade vegan pizza has a doughy crust and creamy melted vegan cheese! Make restaurant-style pizza at home with this quick and easy recipe. Feel free to use homemade pizza dough or store-bought. It is crispy, chewy, cheesy, and so flavorful!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- This vegan pizza is made with a crispy crust, a flavorful sauce, and your favorite vegan toppings.
- It is easy to make, especially using a store-bought crust.
- If desired, use a homemade vegan pizza dough crust.
- This pizza is versatile. You can customize this pizza with your favorite toppings, such as vegan cheese, vegetables, and vegan meats.
- It tastes like your favorite takeout pizza! Forget Domino's, Papa John's, and Pizza Hut.
- This recipe can be easily made gluten-free. It is naturally vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free.
- Great for kids and adults. Everyone loves this recipe!
- Check out these Air Fryer Pizza Rolls for another fun idea!
Ingredients & Substitutes
These are the ingredients and substitutions for vegan pizza. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe.
Use either a store-bought vegan crust or make one from scratch. I love the Simple Mills dough mix.
Any type of pizza sauce can be used. If desired, replace with olive oil, pesto, BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, or another sauce.
Use vegan shredded cheese. I love the Chao brand and Vevan brand. Or, feel free to add on more toppings and omit the cheese completely.
Top with basil leaves for a pop of freshness.
Add some red pepper flakes on top for a kick of heat!
Lastly, feel free to add your favorite toppings. Add some onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, vegan meat, or pineapple.
Taste & Texture
The crust is crispy and chewy, the sauce is flavorful and tangy, and the toppings are fresh and delicious.
The vegan cheese adds a creamy and cheesy texture to the pizza.
Overall, this vegan pizza tastes like classic pizza!
How to Make
First, preheat your oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
Divide the pizza dough into the desired number of portions. Shape them into round balls. On a floured surface, flatten and stretch each dough portion into your desired pizza shape.
Place the shaped dough onto a pizza stone, baking sheet, or pizza peel lined with parchment paper.
Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
Sprinkle the vegan cheese evenly over the sauce.
Add any desired vegetable toppings, distributing evenly over the pizza.
Transfer the pizza to the preheated oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove the pizza from the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes.
Garnish the pizza with basil leaves and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if desired.
Lastly, slice and serve this vegan pizza!
Expert Tips for Success
Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best vegan pizza:
Use a good quality vegan cheese. There are many different vegan cheeses available, so it's important to choose one that you like the taste of.
Don't overcrowd the pizza. Too many toppings can make the pizza soggy.
Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Choosing the best vegan cheese for pizza can depend on your personal preferences and dietary requirements. Here are some popular options to consider, each with its own unique taste and texture.
- Miyoko's Creamery: This brand offers a variety of artisanal vegan cheeses, including mozzarella and smoked mozzarella, which melt well and have a creamy texture.
- Violife: Violife has a range of vegan cheese products. These include mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan. They are known for their ability to melt. This is one of my favorite brands for pizza cheese.
- Daiya: Daiya is a well-known brand for vegan cheese. Its cutting board collection includes mozzarella and cheddar shreds that work well on pizza. They melt nicely and have a mild flavor.
- Follow Your Heart: This brand offers vegan mozzarella cheese that melts well and has a mild, creamy taste.
- Homemade Cashew Cheese: You can make your own vegan cheese using cashews as a base.
- Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast, often referred to as "nooch," does not mimic traditional cheese, but it adds a cheesy flavor when sprinkled on top of your pizza.
Flavor Variations & Pizza Toppings
Here are some popular vegan pizza toppings to consider:
- Vegan Cheese: Start with a base of your favorite vegan cheese, like vegan mozzarella, cheddar, or a homemade cashew cheese sauce.
- Sauce: Traditional tomato sauce is vegan, but you can also try alternatives like pesto, barbecue sauce, or a garlic and olive oil base.
- Bell Peppers: Sliced bell peppers in various colors add sweetness and crunch.
- Onions: Red, white, or caramelized onions can add depth of flavor.
- Mushrooms: Sliced mushrooms, such as cremini or shiitake, offer a meaty texture.
- Olives: Black or green olives provide a briny, salty element.
- Tomatoes: Sliced Roma or cherry tomatoes add freshness.
- Spinach or Kale: Leafy greens like spinach or kale wilt nicely on a hot pizza.
- Artichoke Hearts: These add a unique, slightly tangy taste.
- Zucchini: Thinly sliced zucchini can be delicious when roasted.
- Aubergine (Eggplant): Sliced and roasted eggplant offers a hearty texture.
- Broccoli or Cauliflower: These can add a nice crunch when roasted.
- Sundried Tomatoes: These pack an intense tomato flavor.
- Tofu or Tempeh: Marinated and sautéed tofu or tempeh can be used for a meaty texture.
- Plant-Based Sausage: There are many brands of vegan sausage available.
- Chickpeas or Black Beans: These can be used for added protein.
- Herbs and Seasonings:
- Basil: Fresh basil leaves add a burst of aroma and flavor.
- Oregano: Dried oregano is a classic pizza seasoning.
- Red Pepper Flakes: For a touch of heat.
- Garlic: Roasted or minced garlic can enhance the flavor.
- Fresh Parsley or Cilantro: Sprinkle these on top for a fresh finish.
- Nutritional Yeast: This adds a cheesy, nutty flavor and a bit of extra nutrition.
- Vegan Parmesan: A sprinkle of vegan parmesan can add a finishing touch of cheesy flavor.
How to Serve & Store
This vegan pizza is best served hot and fresh. Pair it with vegan Ranch, vegan blue cheese, or additional pizza sauce.
Serve it with a side salad for a delicious dinner. Or, serve with your favorite soup.
It can be served as an appetizer on game days or holidays.
However, you can also store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze the pizza for up to 1 month.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, you can make this pizza with store-bought dough. However, if you have time, homemade dough is delicious!
Yes, you can make vegan gluten-free pizza. Use gluten-free pizza crust.
This pizza can be served with a side salad or soup. You can also cut it into small pieces and serve it as finger food.
It is made of vegan crust, sauce, vegan cheese, and toppings.
Vegans can eat any type of pizza with vegan cheese and no meat.
Domino's has a vegan crust, but not vegan cheese or vegan meats. So, most of the options are somewhat bland.
To order vegan at Pizza Hut, order a pizza without cheese. They have several plant-based potions, but they do not have vegan cheese.
Pizza dough is sometimes vegan.
Pizza Peel: This pizza peel is great for baking homemade pizza.
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- First, preheat your oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Divide the pizza dough into the desired number of portions. Shape them into round balls. On a floured surface, flatten and stretch each dough portion into your desired pizza shape.
- Place the shaped dough onto a pizza stone, baking sheet, or pizza peel lined with parchment paper.
- Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Sprinkle the vegan cheese evenly over the sauce.
- Add any desired vegetable toppings, distributing evenly over the pizza.
- Transfer the pizza to the preheated oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove the pizza from the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes.
- Garnish the pizza with basil leaves and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if desired.
- Lastly, slice and serve!
(Please refer to the post above for instructional photographs and other helpful information for this recipe)
- For homemade dough, I love this vegan pizza dough!
- If needed, use gluten-free pizza crust.
- Feel free to add your favorite toppings! This recipe is a blank canvas.
- Bake the pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To reheat, bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Freeze the pizza for up to 1 month if needed.
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