July 30, 2012

Vegan Pesto Pizza Recipe


I have been so obsessed with pesto since making my linguine dish the other night. So, I decided to make a pesto pizza and it was amazing! Jerome and I ate one pizza each. I had so much basil in my teeth that it seriously looked like I has just eaten Shrek. Basically, I just threw on what fresh toppings would compliment the sauce. If you love pesto-y goodness, then try it for yourself!

makes: two 30cm pizzas


Sauce:
   3 garlic cloves
   2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (what is this?)
   1/3 cup pine nuts
   4 cups basil leaves
   1/2 small lemon, juiced
   1/3 cup olive oil

   salt and pepper

Toppings:
   1 tablespoon pine nuts
   handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in thirds
   1/4 purple onion, thinly sliced

   10 kalamata olives

Other:
   2 large pizza bases (30cm)
   fresh basil leaves to garnish
   drizzle of olive oil to garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius and oil or add baking paper to two pizza trays.
  2. In a food processor, add all sauce ingredients and process until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Distribute sauce over two pizza bases until covered evenly.
  4. Scatter purple onion over the pizza. Follow with cherry tomatoes, olives and pine nuts.
  5. Cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the pizzas are browning around the edges.
  6. Let cool for 2 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve with fresh basil leaves and olive oil if needed. Enjoy.

  • When writing your meal plan for the week, why not have two pesto dishes? You could make a double batch of the pesto sauce and use one batch for pizza and one batch for pasta! Ooooo, the possibilities. 

32 comments :

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    1. Thank you very much! It tastes wonderful too :)

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  2. Couldn't care less about bits of basil on my teeth...If it would mean I will be enjoying a delicious and flavorful pizza as this. Yummy! Still, I am keeping a little mirror in my pocket...for those basil pieces LOL!
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    1. Hi, thanks for the comment! Haha, I know... I have green teeth afterwards :D

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  3. MMMMMM,...your vegan pesto pizza's look amazing! I must try them! So easy to make too!

    Yum Yum Yum!!!

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  4. MMMMM,...Your vegan pizza's look amazing: so appetizing & fun to make too! :) I love the added nutritionel yeast!!! xxx

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    1. Hi Sophie! Thanks for your comment. They are really delicious :)

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  5. I have made these stunning pizza's & my meat eating husband even loved them so much! I used home grown cherry tomatoes which tasted even better on these pizza's!!!

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    1. Oh thanks! I am glad that you liked them. I am in the middle of planning my own little veggie patch and herb garden... however, I live in an apartment so I will need to organise it all out on the balcony :)

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  6. A whole pizza each? damn o.o

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  7. I have tried this one too over this past weekend and I can't stay off the pan for awhile. In fact, I ate one pan of pizza myself on that night. Awesomely good. Thanks again.
    Nimal

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    1. Hi Nimal! I do that too! I ate a whole pesto pizza to myself hehe... how embarrassing! It was very delicious. Thanks for your comment :)

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  8. My Wife and I are going to try this on Wednesday. Hope it is as good as it looks.

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    1. Hello! I hope you enjoy it too! thanks for your comment :)

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  9. You just solved my Pizza problem! this is the most delicious pizza i ever had including all those i had before going vegan

    Much love and good Karma from Sweden <3

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    1. Oh I am so so so glad. I love to hear feedback like that :) It is one of my most loved pizzas too!

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  10. Um, WOW! :P
    I can't wait till I can make that pizza ... probably won't last very long :P
    And I can't believe I've met another pesto-fanatic. I just can't get enough of the stuff - I usually only have it on pasta, and your suggestion of double pesto with pasta and pizza, from my perspective, sounds like one magnificent idea :D

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    1. Hi Veronica! Hahah I know... pesto is my favourite thing IN THE WORLD! Nom nom nom. I love it so much :)

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    2. Thanks so much for your reply! :)
      I am planning on making a pesto pizza this weekend ... muahahaha!

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    3. My pleasure. You should definitely make it. This pesto recipe is OUT OF THIS WORLD! It is crazily deliciously amazingly beautiful. Hehe.

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  11. Hi there...what is the "pizza base" made from or can I buy it already made? Thanks!

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    1. Hello! You can purchase already made frozen pizza bases from your local supermarket.

      Or you could make our white pizza base here: http://www.veggieful.com/2013/01/vegan-pizza-dough-recipe.html

      or our wholemeal pizza base here:
      http://www.veggieful.com/2013/05/vegan-wholemeal-pizza-dough-recipe.html

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  12. I was wondering what you used as the pizza base? Just dough? Or is it something I can buy at the store? I have all the other ingredients and would love to try and make this!

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    1. Hello! You can purchase already made frozen pizza bases from your local supermarket.

      Or you could make our white pizza base here: http://www.veggieful.com/2013/01/vegan-pizza-dough-recipe.html

      or our wholemeal pizza base here:
      http://www.veggieful.com/2013/05/vegan-wholemeal-pizza-dough-recipe.html

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  13. Hi, I was just wondering if there was any other way to make this pizza without the pine nuts. Can I just not have pine nuts? Or is there another way? This looks wonderful - can't wait to try it! :)

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    1. Hi Ilana! You could substitute with other nuts if you wish such as cashews :) Just blend until smooth. Hope you enjoy it!

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  14. The nutritional yeast/nut combo is such a good replacement for cheese! Yum, can't wait to try this with a gluten-free pizza crust!

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  15. I made this the other day at it was absolutely divine. The pesto sauce on its own is to die for. The results are bright green and beautiful!

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    1. Hi Shadee,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed it. We love the pesto too. You should make our pesto linguine too!

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