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Sauceless Rustic Garden Pizza
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Sauceless Rustic Garden Pizza

Sauce?  Who needs sauce!?  Let the vegetables shine with this rustic take on pizza-pie.  This dish was a happy accident, I found myself craving pizza one wintery night but there wasn't a lick of sauce in the house.  I was forced to improvise and it worked out deliciously!

This one's so mouth-wateringly tasty even non-vegans go "Mmm" for it.  The combination of toppings is simple, savory and satisfying in a meaty kind of way.  The little tomatoes are succulent and sweet and burst in your mouth when you take a bite.  No sauce needed.  This rustic garden pie is easy to make, easy to love and oh-so animal friendly!


Sauceless Rustic Garden Pizza

1 Ready-Made (Vegan) Pizza Dough, or you can make your own

4 Baby Portobella Mushrooms, sliced into thin half moons

1/2 Green Bell Pepper, julienned

1 cup Shredded Vegan Mozarella

1/4 cup Vegan Mock Parmesan (store bought or homemade)

1/3 cup Sweet Baby Cherry Tomatoes

1/3 cup Sweet Onion, sliced into thin half moons

1/4 cup canned or marinated Artichoke Hearts (drained and chopped)

1-2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (high quality, for brushing crust)

1/4 cup Fresh Herbs (chopped Chives, Basil Leaves and a tiny bit of minced Rosemary)

1-2 tbsp Cornmeal or Flour


Vegan Mock Parmesan:

1/8 cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1/8 cup Raw Walnuts

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Pulse all ingredients in a blender or food processor until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Now you've got vegan parm!


Preheat oven according to pizza dough package directions.  Prep all ingredients while oven preheats.  If you have a pizza stone, definitely use it, if not, a cookie sheet works great.  Build your pizza on whatever surface it will cook on, so you don't have to move it.  I learned this one the hard way!

Dust surface of cookie sheet or pizza stone with cornmeal and/or flour.  I love the texture of the cornmeal, it just bakes right into the bottom of the crust and adds a bit of yum-crunch.  Roll dough out and brush surface and edges with olive oil.

Sprinkle a little of the mozzarella and then scatter some onions onto pizza.  Evently scatter the rest of the vegetables and onions.  Sprinkle the last of the mozzarella on top along with the half of the mock parm and herbs, except basil.  Set basil aside.

Bake about 15 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted.  Remove from oven and then scatter basil leaves over the top.  Cool for a few minutes, slice up and serve.  Shake some of the remaining vegan mock parm onto your slice if you desire.  Enjoy.


*I like to make this pizza in a rectangle shape, but you can do a circle if you like.  :)

*Optional additions: chopped fresh garlic and hot peppers for those who walk on the wild side!


Thank you for supporting Buddhas Delight!  Tonight, let the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie... ;)



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  1. Veganara
    Yum, sounds delicious! Maybe the lack of sauce just lets the vegetables, etc, shine through more. Out of votes for now, but I will definitely come back and vote for this tomorrow. Btw, talking of pizza, I recently cooked your Margerita Pizza Quinoa recipe, and it was awesome, and so easy! That is one of my favourite meals now. As you say, it satisfies the pizza craving in a much healthier way, doesn't it?
    1. BuddhasDelight
      that is so cool to hear! i am glad you are enjoying the quinoa and it is lovely to have it a bit healthier than the real deal. :) thank you for your comment!
  2. Carolyn
    Vote #3! I do not have a food processor, but would love to have one!
    1. BuddhasDelight
      they are great but you can definitely use just a blender for the mock parm, a bit more rustic but it does the job in a pinch! :) thanks for your vote and comment.
  3. SnakeWitch
    With all those veggies, your pizza is definitely packed with flavour! Voted! Check out my new article, How to Use Tofu as Dairy and Egg Replacement! You may like the home-made alternatives!
    1. BuddhasDelight
      did it! loved it! voted!
  4. Roopam
    Absolutely...I think there is too much sauce on pizzas in general...I would any day prefer them sauceless...voted!
  5. Kate Noel
    Kate Noel
    Voted! This sounds so good! I love homemade pizza and the tip on using cornmeal is awesome. I never thought of using that but I am now! If you have a chance, check out my recipe for Fresh Fig Cookies!
    1. BuddhasDelight
      fabulous! thanks you for your comment, i have already viewed your yummy cookie recipe but i will revisit to make sure i voted! :) nice to meet you on the flaming vegan! i love this site, it really has been such a wonderful playful adventure in veggie cuisine and making new friends!
  6. BuddhasDelight
    hey all, thanks for your votes and great comments! much appreciated! :)


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