For us, pizza is fast convenience food. Something we used to order in a takeaway on Monday night (Game of Thrones pizza and beer night!). Just because we are vegan now doesn’t mean I don’t want Monday night pizza… It also doesn’t mean I want to slave away in the kitchen making pizza dough, letting it rest, keeping it warm and rolling it out.
This concept keeps the pizza quick, easy and convenient, whilst also allowing us to choose our own toppings, most importantly, vegan cheese.
And on the topic of vegan cheese, if you want an honest review of vegan cheeses available in the UK, that’s a post Pete and I are currently working on 😉
The concept is simple; I buy premade pizza bases, often available in the fridge section of a supermarket. I know the Sainsbury’s bases are definitely vegan. I then buy a pre-made tomato sauce (usually whichever one is on special offer that week), some tasty toppings and cheese. The pizzas take about 5 minutes to assemble and then about 10 minutes to cook. That’s faster than any delivery!
Here’s everything you need to make this particular pizza:
- Sainsbury’s pizza bases
- Tomato sauce (jar is usually the best flavoured, just make sure the recipe is definitely vegan and has no sneaky dairy in it)
- Mixed antipasto (artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, olives)
- Vegan pesto
- Sainsbury’s free from coconut based alternative to cheese, cheddar style
- Olive oil
I’m hoping the steps are self explanatory… But let’s go over them briefly anyway 🙂
Spread some olive oil over the crust of the pizza. We like the crispiness and extra flavour it gives.
Spread out tomato sauce as a base.
Arrange the antipasto on the pizza (Pete’s not a fan of olives or sun-dried tomatoes, so I get all those, I trade them in so he gets most of the artichokes and peppers). Add some dollops of pesto as well as sliced chilli.
Grate over lots of cheese, the cheesier the better, especially since vegan cheese doesn’t stand up to heat quite as well. We also add a few turns of freshly ground black pepper.
Cover with spinach and Bake for 10 minutes or until done.
Serve and eat (with hummus :D).