Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook Time: 10 mins.
This is a great vegan version of an Italian classic. Incredibly easy and incredibly delicious! The only downside to this pizza is that you are going to crave it every day, forever!
A little history behind it:
Pizza Margherita, which is known world wide, was named after Queen Margherita; who during her travels around Italy saw many of her people eating this large, flat bread. She loved it and would eat it every time she would visit.
In her honor, Chef Rafaelle Esposito decided to make a very special pizza which was topped with tomatoes, mozarella cheese, and fresh basil; which are symbolic of the colors of the Italian flag (red, white, and green).
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 6 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1- 12 inch thin pizza crust (store-bought or homemade )
- 8 ounces shredded vegan Mozzarella cheese
- 8 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried and cut into very thin strips
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Stir together olive oil, garlic, and salt; toss with tomatoes, and allow to stand for 30 minutes
3. Brush each pizza crust with olive oil, making sure to get the crust.
4. Sprinkle the crust evenly with Mozzarella cheese.
5. Place the thinly sliced tomatoes across the entire pizza.
6. Spread the fresh basil leaves on top.
7. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
8. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes (optional) and enjoy!
I know there are a few commercial vegan pizza options which you can just throw in the oven and a couple of restaurants now have vegan pizzas, but making pizza at home is actually more fun, faster and healthier. It’s also budget friendly.
You can also have it just the way you like it. You can add your favorite veggies: olives, artichokes, mushroom, red onions, eggplant, zucchini, bellpeppers, artichokes, spinach, etc.
Trust me, your pizza will taste way better than most of your local pizzerias.
Like I always say “Being a Vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on anything” .