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Simple vegan pizza that taste like Puttanesca pasta! Layers of fresh tomato slices, briny olives and capers and roasted vegetables. Topped with homemade dairy-free parmesan cheese.
Puttanesca pizza! I first made this recipe for you back in 2014, but decided it needed a refresh. Have you noticed that I’ve done that to quite a few recipes as of late? Things that I posted back in 2010-2014 that needed to be reworked/rephotographed/redone.
I always get asked how I come up with so many recipes and the truth is that sometimes I have so many ideas I could fill a notebook and sometimes I get into ruts of creating new things that I’m really psyched about. I’m almost finished working on two big projects where I’ve had to create almost 200 different recipes and that means my recipe brain gets fried faster than usual.
So I’ve been recreating some of the items that I know you would love, but were a little hard to find on this space.
We watched the movie Chef this weekend (PS- so good! Make sure you’ve eaten beforehand because you are going to drool over every scene), and I felt drawn to the struggles he faced everywhere in his life…besides the kitchen.
The kitchen is my safe space. It’s where I can lose myself in rolling out a pizza dough, creating a new sauce, or taste testing multiple batches of granola at once. While I am working on being more present in my day-to-day life, being in the kitchen helps to ground me. So, thank you for continuing to show up day after day and allowing me to share my love with you.
Yummy, healthy, whole-food recipes from me to you. It’s what Delish Knowledge is all about.
Um, what’s this gotta do with pizza? Nothing. But, you should totally make this one!
Puttanesca ranks as one of my favorite spaghetti dishes of all time so it was inevitable that I would one day recreate those flavors as a pizza.
A smidge of tomato sauce and layers of fresh, thinly sliced tomatoes create the perfect base for briny olives, capers, caramelized onions and mushrooms. We then kick it up a notch with crushed red pepper.
For pizza dough, I’m a loyalist to the Trader Joe’s pizza crust in a bag. For less than $2 you get a freshly prepared dough that takes very little effort to roll out and top.
To recreate the cheesiness of traditional pizza, generously sprinkle on our homemade Parmesan cheese shake: blended cashews, nutritional yeast and garlic salt tastes eearily similar to regular parm. I keep a batch of this in the freezer for adding onto just about any dish where I need a cheesy hit of flavor.
Roll. Top. Bake. Shake. Vegan Puttanesca pizza is served.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Spicy Vegan Puttanesca Pizza! Fresh dough layered with tomatoes, olives, capers and homemade vegetarian parmesan cheese.