vegan puttanesca pizza

Vegan Puttanesca Pizza

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Pizza


Spicy Vegan Puttanesca Pizza! Fresh dough layered with tomatoes, olives, capers and homemade vegetarian parmesan cheese.



  • Pizza Dough (I used a plain dough from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into very thin 1/2 moons
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. tomato sauce
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced very thin
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Vegetarian Cheese for sprinkling: Pulse all ingredients into a powder: 3/4 cup cashews, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp. garlic powder, pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add 1/2 tbsp. olive oil.
  3. Add the red onions, red pepper flakes and pinch salt and cook until translucent and soft, about 7-8 minutes.
  4. Remove the onions from the pan and add the additional 1/2 tbsp. olive oil.
  5. Add the sliced button mushrooms and saute until browned, about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
  7. Spread out the 3 tbsp. of tomato sauce onto the crust, leaving about 1″ around the edge for the crust. Depending on how big your crust is, you may need to add another tbsp. of sauce.
  8. Layer the sliced tomatoes, mushrooms, onions on the sauce. Sprinkle on the olives and capers.
  9. Place the pizza in the oven for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned and golden!
  10. Remove and sprinkle with parsley, more red pepper flakes and vegetarian parmesan cheese shake!