One of my favorite weekday dinners is hands down “Make Your Own Pizza Night”. Sometimes we’ll make the dough homemade, sometimes we buy it store bought. We always have so much fun rolling out our dough, adding on our pizza toppings, and of course, eating our personal pizzas! This Vegan Artichoke Pesto Pizza was one of those weeknight creations that I loved so much I knew I had to share it on the blog! A truly delicious pizza dough topped with homemade pesto, seasonal vegetables, and tender baby artichokes makes this pizza absolutely perfect!
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Homemade Pizza Can be Quick, Easy, & Delicious
The best thing about homemade pizza is just how easy it actually is to make. You can easily use store-bought pizza dough or you can use the dough recipe from my Vegan Pizza Buns if making a homemade dough is in the cards (though you have to make it 24 hours ahead of time for the best flavor!). Beyond that, all you need is some sauce (or pesto!), fresh vegetables, vegan mozzarella (Miyoko’s is my favorite), and a good pizza stone.
While this Vegan Artichoke Pesto Pizza uses shaved asparagus, canned baby artichokes, and mushrooms you can also substitute peppers, onion, snap peas, or really any vegetable you prefer. As a final touch, make sure to top with arugula or other fresh greens!
How to Make Vegan Pesto
Normally, pesto is made with Parmesan cheese. To make pesto vegan, this recipe calls for soaked cashews which, when blended, add the same creaminess you get from cheese. It also calls for nutritional yeast which adds the “cheesy” flavor to the pesto.
If you’ve never had nutritional yeast before, it’s a yeast specifically grown for consumption and the yeast cells are not “alive” in the final product. Most of the time, nutritional yeast is fortified with additional Vitamin B, but even if it is not it still is high in B vitamins, all 9 essential amino acids, and even 2 grams of proteins. I’m a huge fan of incorporating it into my diet as a plant-based eater! If you’re looking for a few other recipes to try out nutritional yeast, check out this Vegan Lemon Pasta or this Creamy Truffle Mushroom Pasta.
Besides the cashews and nutritional yeast, the rest of the ingredients stay pretty similar to a non-vegan pesto! Basil, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper are all included. Plus, I even added in some greens to make this pesto secretly healthy. The best part? All you need is a blender or food processor to make this delicious sauce tonight!
Summer is Meant for Vegan Pizza!
I hope you love this Vegan Artichoke Pesto Pizza! Side note- My boyfriend has requested I give him credit for this recipe as he is my expert pizza dough roller-outer. My dough always come out a little wonky, though just as tasty, and his are always so perfect (like what you see pictured)! One of these days, I’ll get to his level, but for now I’m going to just enjoy this perfect vegan pizza with all the toppings!