Yum Veggie Pizza Recipe And Topping Ideas

If you are trying to create a great veggie pizza recipe, you'll find plenty of inspiration here whether it's basic toppings or special combinations you are looking for.

#1 - Buffalo Mozzarella, Spinach And Sundried Tomatoes

veggie pizza recipe with mozzarella, spinach, sundried tomatoes

Press the pizza base onto a floured pizza paddle or peel. Spread over with your sauce.

(For dough and sauce recipes, look at the main pizza page.)

Use buffalo mozzarella if you can get it.  The closest alternative is fresh cow's milk mozzarella.  These cheeses are packed in water so drain well and pat dry with paper towels.  I use my hands to tear the mozzarella apart and scatter it on the pizza.

Next, take some cooked spinach, drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and spread it on to your pizza. Finally scatter over some sundried tomatoes. Bake as usual, preferably on a baking stone or pizza stone.

Using A Pizza Stone

Using a baking stone is the cheapest and best way to get that elusive light and crisp crust on your pizza. Read more on:

- How to cook your pizza on a stone.

- How to choose the right pizza stone.

- How to care for your stone.

#2 - Feta, Spinach and Pine Nut

A really tasty veggie pizza recipe. Assemble the dough and spread over your tomato sauce. Crumble the feta over the sauce. Scatter over some cooked and well drained (squeezed in fact) spinach which has been tossed in a little olive oil. Put it in the oven and sprinkle over a tablespoon of pine nuts for the last two minutes. Of course I'm assuming here that you are cooking your pizza in a conventional domestic oven at about 250C/500F. If you happen to be using a super hot pizza oven that cooks your pizza in a couple of minutes, you can probably get away with putting the pine nuts in from the start.

#3 - Broccoli, Cherry Tomato and Feta

Broccoli is one of my favourite pizza toppings and it combines perfectly with feta in this veggie pizza recipe. Prepare your base on a pizza peel and spread over the sauce. Crumble over some feta, add some halved cherry tomatoes and some lightly cooked broccoli florets which have been tossed in a little olive oil. Bake as usual.

#4 - Chargrilled Red Pepper and Goats Cheese

Assemble the dough on a pizza peel and spread over your tomato sauce.  Break over some soft goat cheese and sprinkle with chargrilled red peppers. You can roast these yourself which will taste great but a good jar of peppers is fine too.

#5 - Pizza Alla Norma

A great veggie pizza recipe, this idea is taken from a pizza I once ate at a small seaside pizza restaurant in Sicily.

The inspiration for that pizza was a Sicilian pasta dish called Pasta Alla Norma. Pasta Alla Norma is a simple spaghetti dish with eggplant (aubergine), tomatoes and a sharp cheese called ricotta salata.

Ricotta salata is an aged and salted ricotta cheese from the Catania region of Sicily and bares no resemblance whatsoever to the soft, fresh, creamy ricotta most of us are familiar with. You can buy Ricotta Salata in Italian delis or specialty cheese shops but failing that, here's what I do. (The flavour is different but wonderful all the same)

Roll out the pizza dough and spread over with sauce. Top with fresh diced tomatoes and chunks of eggplant that have been sauteed slowly in olive oil until nice and soft. Slice over some ricotta salata if you have it. If not, use fresh ricotta topped with plenty of grated parmesan or similar vegetarian cheese if you can't find vegetarian parmesan.

#6 - Red And Yellow Peppers, Zucchini, Red Onion and Rosemary

A distinctly colourful and Summery veggie pizza recipe. For one 12 inch pizza, I would use half a red pepper, half a yellow pepper, one small zucchini and a small red onion. Cut your vegetables into large squarish chunks. Toss in a little olive oil, season and stir in a teaspoon of chopped rosemary. Roast the vegetables in a hot oven (about 400F/200C/Gas 6) for about 20 minutes until soft.

#7 - Garlic Mushroom, Ricotta and Oregano

Press the pizza base onto a floured paddle or peel. Spread over with your sauce.

mushroomsHeat a little olive oil in a pan, add 2 crushed garlic cloves. Toss in a couple of handfuls of sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until just soft.
If you are left with a lot of excess liquid, turn up the heat at the end of the cooking for a minute.

Stir in a tablespoon of fresh oregano or a half teaspoon of dried. Remove from the heat. Now toss the mushrooms all over the pizza.
Next scatter some ricotta in chunks all over the pizza. Bake as usual.

#8 - Parmesan, Artichokes, Black Olives and Red Pepper

veggie pizza recipe

Parmesan shavings, some good artichokes in oil and strips of red pepper.

Vegetarian parmesan style cheeses do exist. Check before you buy. For more information, read this article on vegetarian cheese.

For this pizza, I used a long sweet red pepper which I pan-fried in a little olive oil for a few minutes until slightly charred.

#9 - Provolone, Green Olives and Sundried Tomatoes

A simple and delicious veggie pizza recipe.

I grated a really good Italian provolone piccante, topped with sundried tomatoes and some garlic marinated olives from an Italian deli. Great, intense flavours.

Related Pages...

Pizza Peels

Choosing and using a pizza paddle. This article gives you advice on what type of peel is best for domestic use and also some invaluable guidelines on how to best use your peel.

Using A Baking Stone

The home pizza chef's best friend, a baking stone is an inexpensive, yet invaluable tool for pizza making. Read how to choose the right stone, how to care for it and tips on using your stone.

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