Our Best Vegan Pizza

This best vegan pizza recipe is a total crowd pleaser! The veggie pizza toppings are so full of flavor no one notices it’s cheeseless.

Very Veggie Vegan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

What are your “I could never”s? We all say it, right? I could never…go to the gym. Eat healthy. Run a marathon. Speak in public. Learn the piano. My “I could never” for the longest time was “I could never learn to cook.” No, seriously. It was my scapegoat so I could get out caring about what I put into my body. Content with my microwave meals, I was good to go because cooking was not my thing

As life has rolled along it revealed hidden “I could nevers” that I have overcome, not realizing their existence until they had passed. I could never eat vegetarian. I could never overcome cancer. I could never weather a miscarriage. The more life has thrown at me, the more I realize the limiting power of our speech, those words. Because really, we can. I tell people all the time that writing about food and health is the last thing I thought I’d be doing. But somehow through a series of small “I can’s”, I’ve ended up here. Simple as it sounds, the impossible can become possible merely by opening our minds to the idea.

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Video: How to make vegan pizza

First things first: let’s start with a video! Because so much of making pizza dough is about watching and learning, we’ve made a video to show you exactly how to make this vegan pizza! Here’s the entire process, from kneading to shaping to baking.

Very Veggie Vegan Pizza | A Couple Cooks
Very Veggie Vegan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Pizza without cheese?

This vegetarian pizza recipe was born of another I could never, which Alex and I honestly both had before we tried it: I could never eat pizza without cheese. We’re huge (huge) pizza aficionados, and while we eat mainly vegetarian in our daily lives, there’s always a place for cheese at the table. So cheeseless pizza was a stretch for us. But we’re always up for trying new things.

And our first ever vegan pizza recipe, we can attest that — good news — it is still pizza! The umami of mushrooms and artichokes, our favorite tomatoes (Muir Glen Organic fire roasted), a little fresh basil made for a surprisingly satisfying explosion of flavor. The one caveat is that vegan pizza doesn’t hold together quite as easily as cheese-ladden pizza, so take care for sliding toppings. But it’s a small price to pay. Consider it another I could never, accomplished.

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Very Veggie Vegan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

How to make vegan pizza

Here are the secrets to our best vegan pizza recipe! First of all, use really good vegetarian pizza toppings. Pizza without cheese needs big flavors, especially in the umami department (umami is known as the “fifth flavor” and is savory or meaty). We brought in that meaty umami quality with mushrooms and artichoke hearts.

The other secret to our best vegan pizza is using very high quality tomato sauce. Since cheeseless pizza can’t make up for flavor with cheese, the tomatoes you use have to add mega flavor. Here we’ve used fire-roasted tomatoes, which bring a lovely sweet flavor. You could also substitute with a very high quality marinara sauce. Though it’s a no cheese pizza, our best vegan pizza recipe has been a hit with our friends and family! What do you think of pizza without cheese — would you try it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Best veggie pizza toppings

What are the best veggie pizza toppings for a homemade vegetarian pizza? Because it’s a dairy-free pizza, it needs loads of flavor in the toppings. But, you can use these ideas as vegetarian pizza toppings on a pizza with cheese as well! Here’s are some of our favorite veggie pizza toppings to add to vegan pizza:

  • Mushrooms sauteed with garlic
  • Lightly sauteed spinach
  • Red onion slivers (raw or lightly sauteed)
  • Chickpeas: this was a unique addition that made the vegan pizza more filling
  • Jarred roasted red peppers: slice them into strips for a beautiful vibrant topping
  • Kalamata or black olives
  • Shaved raw brussels sprouts
  • Canned artichoke hearts
  • Green onion
  • Roasted sweet potatoes or squash

We aren’t the only ones making homemade vegan pizza!

Here are a few more vegan pizza recipes from around the web:

Looking for more pizza recipes?

Confession: this is the only vegan pizza recipe on our website (so far)! We’re working on a few more. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites if your diet allows some cheese:

This recipe is…

This homemade vegan pizza recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar-free.

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Best Homemade Vegan Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large pizza 1x

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This best vegan pizza recipe is a total crowd pleaser! The veggie pizza toppings are so full of flavor no one notices it’s cheeseless.


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Instructions

  1. Prepare the dough using the Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe (follow this video instruction for more). Follow the preparation instructions in the dough recipe if prepared in advance.
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Prepare the toppings: Slice the jarred red pepper into thin strips and set aside. Mince 3 cloves garlic. Slice the mushrooms and red onion. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic, mushrooms, onion, chickpeas, and spinach and ½ teaspoon kosher salt; saute until the mushrooms are tender and the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.
  4. When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel. 
  5. Quickly assemble the pizza: Spread a thin layer of crushed tomatoes across the dough and sprinkle with a few pinches kosher salt. Add the sauteed vegetables, then top with red pepper strips and artichoke quarters. 
  6. Transfer the pizza to the oven on the pizza peel, and bake until the crust is browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. While the pizza bakes, cut the basil into thin strips (chiffonade). Allow to cool slightly, then top with basil and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Vegan Pizza, Vegan, Pizza without Cheese, Veggie Pizza, Vegetarian Pizza, Homemade Pizza, Pizza at Home, Artisan Pizza

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina
    February 29, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Veggie party!!! Love this pizza! So much colour and good stuff on there!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    February 29, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Sonja, seriously. This was a beautifully written piece. Brought tears to my eyes. Self-talk is huge in my book too. I’ve personally experienced how much better I can be or more I can achieve when I’m aware of my “I can nevers” and take the time to make small shifts in perspectives to turn the negative talk into something positive and proactive.

    And the pizza looks really hearty and delicious. Sliding toppings. Ha! No biggie. ;-)

  • Reply
    Puja Darshan
    February 29, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Homemade Pizza…Mmm simply awesome!!!
    So colorful and delicious recipe….

  • Reply
    Sarah | Well and Full
    February 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

    This looks like the vegan pizza of my dreams!! :D

  • Reply
    Amy - Parsley In My Teeth
    February 29, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I remember when I also thought I could never eat a pizza without cheese. And then I found out how awesome they can be. You’re looks so fab and delicious – can’t wait to try!

  • Reply
    Erica
    February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    These photos are insanely beautiful – the color on those veggies *swoon*
    And yes to overcoming the “I could never” statements – you literally read my mind sometimes!!!

  • Reply
    Libby
    March 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    This is what dreams are made of!

  • Reply
    Jen
    March 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    This pizza looks amazing, and you take such beautiful photos! I too need to be better about using “I can” instead of “I could never.” Thanks for the recipe and the reminder!

  • Reply
    Allison
    March 12, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    These photos are gorgeous, and that pizza looks super tempting! I also love what you wrote. It’s important to remember seemingly impossible obstacles that we’ve overcome. It’s so empowering, especially in the face of new challenges.

    Also, I had to laugh at your microwaved meals comment – I used to be a top ramen sort of girl myself, and now cooking from scratch is a passion :)

    -Allison

  • Reply
    Janely ramos
    January 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I have a few questions about the measurements how much jarred red peppers is needed?

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