Simple Veggie Pizza

Dear, pizza. Thank you for existing. We love you. Sincerely, everyone. 

As a kiddo, pizza night was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. It was always on a Friday and it usually meant the whole family was together (which entailed LOTS of laughing, picking fun, and bonding - we're a wild bunch). I would be in charge of handing the delivery man the check, which made me super nervous. (I was a shy one back then). But once the business was handled, it was back to the good times. 

Okay, enough about my childhood reminiscing. Let's get to the goods… 

This simple veggie pizza is my favorite homemade pizza recipe. It's so easy that it doesn't seem fair for it to be so delicious. 

I know what you're thinking right now - "uh, where's the cheese!?" Don't freakout. I promise you won't even miss it. I could have added a vegan cheese but to be completely honest, you don't need it. It's delicious without it! And no cheese, vegan or not, keeps this recipe on the healthier side. 

I've always enjoyed making pizza. It's a recipe that you can be creative with, because the chances of messing it up are slim. And this is a great dish to make with the kiddos. Let them help you roll the dough, throw on the toppings, and be "in charge" of keeping an eye on the rising veggie pizza. 

Enjoy!

Serving Size: 2-3

What You'll Need:

For the Pizza:

  • Trader Joe's wheat pizza dough (only $1)
  • spinach leaves 
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • purple onion, chopped or sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  •  chili flakes, pinch of (for garnishing)

For the Tomato Sauce:

  • 1, 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. To prepare the tomato sauce, combine all the sauce ingredients into a bowl. Mix well. Add more seasonings if desired. Set aside. 
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough. I actually did mine by hand, which is why its more of a rectangle than a circle. Transfer dough onto parchment paper. (You will be putting the parchment paper directly onto the cooking rack in the oven. This is to help the crust get cripsy).
  4. Spoon the tomato sauce onto the dough. Add as much or as little as you'd like. Any extra can be stored in a jar in the fridge for future use. Add your veggies: spinach, mushroom, tomato, and onion. 
  5. Place the pizza with the parchment paper underneath directly onto the baking rack. Do NOT put the pizza on the rack without the parchment paper or it will fall through. 
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until crust is golden and crisp. Top with dried oregano and chili flakes. Serve immediately. 

*Notes: 

  • This pizza makes for great leftovers. Eat it cold or pop it in the oven to broil for approximately 3-5 minutes.