Pesto Pizza

Bord Bia estimates that now 8% of the Irish population are vegetarian, 2% are vegan and a whole lot more are flexitarian. We’ve been thinking about vegan pizza ideas for a while now and I came across this very delicious one by Sarah @wellandfull who shares plant based recipes. What drew me to this pizza was the homemade pesto. I’m a sucker for it. Love the fresh taste it gives but I find basil can be expensive.

This recipe replaces basil with mixed salad leaves and it’s basically the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. Sarah’s pizza uses homemade cashew cheese, (which I will attempt to make one day!), but for my take on the recipe I have used Violife Vegan cheese that I picked up in my local Tesco. If anyone out there has suggestions for vegan cheese for pizza please please get in touch!!!

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Ingredients -

Pesto -

  • 1 small shallot

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 3 cups mixed leaves

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until you get a slightly chunky pesto. Place in a bowl.

Pizza -

Pizza da Piero pizza base

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pack of Violife grated vegan cheese (or any vegan cheese suitable for pizzas)

Handful of mixed leaves

Method -

1 - Heat oven to highest temperature

2 - Spread about a tablespoon of Oil on your pizza base

3- Layer the base with the pesto

4 - Top with cheese

5 - Bake in oven for 3-5 minutes.

6 - Top with mixed leaves to serve

Slice and enjoy.

There you go, the most simple and tasty vegan pizza there is!

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Vegan Halloween Inspired Pizza 🎃

The leaves are falling off the trees and we’’ve been inspired by the wonderful colours everywhere. 🎃🍁🍂🍃🍕


Vegetables are simply delicious when roasted & this vegan pesto pizza with roasted vegetables is going to be the perfect dish for us to serve to friends this bank holiday weekend.

The crispy crusts and soft texture of the roasted veg make a perfect match.

You can pretty much use whatever vegetables you have lying around. Chop all the veg into small pieces so they will roast quickly. Finely chop a clove of garlic and mix into the chopped veg with olive oil. Place in roasting tray and roast for around 15 mins at 180.

Spread your pizza base with vegan pesto (we bought ours in Tesco) and top with the roast veg. Turn the oven up to it’s highest temperature and when it’s hot enough cook your pizza for 3-5 minutes.

For our pizza we used butternut squash, yellow pepper, courgette, red onion, tomatoes and black olives. But like we said, any combination of vegetables will make this pizza a winner.