This Vegan Artichoke Pesto Pizza was a recent weeknight creation I loved so much I knew I had to share it with you! A truly delicious pizza dough topped with homemade pesto, seasonal vegetables, and tender baby artichokes is waiting to be made by you!
How to Make A Vegan Artichoke Pesto Pizza
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 pre-made. Whichever dough we choose, we always have so much fun shaping our pizza dough, adding on our pizza toppings, and of course, eating our personal pizzas!
This Pizza Can be Made with Homemade Or Store-Bought Dough
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 an Easy 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.
What is Nutritional Yeast?
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.
A Blender/Food Processor is Necessary for Homemade Pesto!
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 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 comes out a little wonky, though just as tasty, and his come out perfect. 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!
If you’re looking for other vegan dinner ideas, check out these recipes on the blog!Print
A perfect homemade vegan pizza topped with delicious pesto, asparagus, mushrooms, vegan mozzarella, arugula, & tender baby artichokes.
- 16 oz pizza dough
- 1 can Edward & Sons baby artichokes
- 3 button mushrooms (thinly sliced)
- 4–5 asparagus (shaved thinly)
- 3–4 Tbsp vegan pesto (*recipe below)
- 1/2–3/4 cup vegan mozzarella (shredded)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper chili flakes (*optional)
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup raw cashews (*soaked for 4–6 hours)
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 Tbsp pinte nuts
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil
- 1 cup loosely packed greens (*arugula or spinach work well)
- salt & pepper to taste
First, Make the Pesto
- *Before making your pesto make sure to soak your cashews in warm water for 4-6 hours to soften*
- Once your cashews have soaked, add them to a blender along with the garlic and pine nuts. Blend for about 30 seconds until minced. Then, add in the nutritional yeast, water, oil, and lemon juice. Blend for another 30 seconds until smooth, scraping down the sides as need be.
- Next, add in the basil and greens and blend until thoroughly mixed- about 1 more minute. As a final step season with salt & pepper to your liking.
Making the Pizza
- Preheat your oven to 450F. Then, roll out the pizza dough and place it onto a pizza stone or baking sheet. Top the dough with the vegan pesto and spread into a thin layer.
- Once the pesto is on the pizza, sprinkle on 1/2 cup of the vegan mozzarella cheese. Layer on the sliced mushrooms, shaved asparagus, and baby artichokes. As a final step, top the vegetables with the additional 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, chili flakes, and salt and pepper.
- Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes until the crust is browned and vegetables are cooked. Remove from the oven and let cool. Use a pizza wheel to cut into 8 slices and serve. Enjoy!
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