I had a wicked craving for pizza the other night.  The kind of craving that tempts you to drive to the local pizza shop in the rain and hope to heaven they can pull off a vegan pizza.

Then I remembered…  I write a food blog!  I could make a pizza myself!  *light globe*

I was in the mood for a special pizza, though.  A pizza so amazing, it would completely cure me of all junk food cravings for the week and possibly for life.

I set off for my local shop with a big bag and a big craving, but no inspiration.  I dawdled up and down the fresh food aisle long enough to be a nuisance and for a guy to suspect me of stalking (I wasn’t this time, promise), but still couldn’t settle on anything.  It had to be special.  Really special.

Suddenly it hit me… the deli section!  Antipasto!  I skipped over there pronto and discovered that they were all on sale!  It was destiny!  This pizza and I were made for each other!

With a giddy grin, I gathered up my gourmet ingredients, danced back to the kitchen, and made the best vegan pizza I have ever had.  Success!  Give it a try and see if it doesn’t make you come over all warm and fuzzy:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  • Spread a pizza base with crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and basil pesto (see below).  Use as much sauce as you like.  I believe the secret to a great vegan pizza is lots of sauce, so I add a lot, but you might prefer less.
  • Top with your choice of antipasto from the deli section or bought in jars, eg: sun-dried tomatoes, pitted black olives, marinated mushrooms, marinated artichoke, char-grilled capsicum strips.
  • Bake on the middle shelf in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy your pizza piping hot, with a glass of Shiraz, your favourite person/people in the world, and a great DVD.
  • Basil Pesto – blend all ingredients until smooth:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • That’s amore.  ♥

    22 Comments on Antipasto Pizza

    1. Alexiasana
      May 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm (12 years ago)

      great idea to make an antipasti pizza! looks delicious! i love antipasti, on or off the pizza 😉

      • vegansparkles
        May 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm (12 years ago)

        Me too! 🙂

    2. Christabel
      May 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm (12 years ago)

      This looks amazing! I’ll have to try this, and soon!

      • vegansparkles
        May 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm (12 years ago)

        You will, it’s soooo good!! Let me know what you think! 🙂

    3. Tammie
      May 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm (12 years ago)

      What is your dough made of?

      • vegansparkles
        May 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm (12 years ago)

        oooooh, I totally cheated and bought a ready-made one! 🙂 (I just checked the ingredients to make sure it was vegan)

    4. keepinitkind
      May 4, 2012 at 1:19 am (12 years ago)

      This pizza looks UH-MAZING! Your cheerful and “sparkly” personality really shines through on all of your posts. I just wanted to let you know that I have honored you with the Kreativ Blogger and Sunshine Blogger Awards (http://keepinitkind.com/potlucks-pals-pats-on-the-back/). Keep up the good work! 🙂

      • vegansparkles
        May 4, 2012 at 10:08 am (12 years ago)

        Oh, thank you SO much, Kristy! You just made my day! Happy Friday! 🙂

    5. Pixie
      May 4, 2012 at 1:44 am (12 years ago)

      Sounds marvelous!!

      • vegansparkles
        May 4, 2012 at 10:10 am (12 years ago)

        Super yummy – you’ve gotta try it! 🙂

    6. emmycooks
      May 4, 2012 at 2:07 am (12 years ago)

      That looks delish! And I think you’re right to go with a pre-baked crust here, or all that delicious sauce would leave the dough a soggy mess. 🙂

      • vegansparkles
        May 4, 2012 at 10:11 am (12 years ago)

        haha, exactly! I also heated the tray up in the oven while it was pre-heating, so the crust stayed nice and crispy despite the heavy load on top! 😉

    7. An Unrefined Vegan
      May 4, 2012 at 2:18 am (12 years ago)

      That is smokin’ hot good-looking!

      • vegansparkles
        May 4, 2012 at 10:12 am (12 years ago)

        It smells amazing too and is even yummy when cold, as lunch the next day! 🙂

    8. My Plant Based Family
      May 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm (12 years ago)

      You had me at Antipasto Pizza but then I saw the picture, and then I read the recipe and I have to say this looks amazing and sure to fulfill any junk food cravings for a long time. The only possible problem is that no other pizza is likely to stand up to this one. If you served this too a friend they may stalk you until you make another one.
      I’m totally sharing this on my facebook!

      • vegansparkles
        May 7, 2012 at 11:15 am (12 years ago)

        haha, you are soooo right! I sincerely doubt I will ever want a different type of pizza now that I’ve tasted this, and one of my friends DID totally stalk me until I made it for him!! 🙂

    9. Kerry Churchill
      May 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm (12 years ago)

      Love the pizza recipe.. add pine nuts and roasted pumpkin or even for the last few minutes baby spinach ( it dries out otherwise) Yummy.. my dinner tomorrow night… thanks Bec

      • vegansparkles
        May 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm (12 years ago)

        Ohhhh I LOVE pine nuts and pumpkin on pizza, too! *drool*

    10. Amanda Robertson
      May 8, 2012 at 9:53 am (12 years ago)

      That looks like an awesome pizza! U will have to make this for me sis! xx

      • vegansparkles
        May 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm (12 years ago)

        Sure will!!! om nom nom xxx

    11. Rachel Randolph
      May 11, 2012 at 12:01 am (12 years ago)

      We love pizza night! This looks amazing!

      • vegansparkles
        May 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm (12 years ago)

        It’s sooooo good! Get some in your belly! 🙂