Vegan sausage and peppers pizza can be made red or white, and both are fantastic! Sausage and peppers are a classic duo in Italian cuisine, so why not combine them on a flavorful and filling pizza, and more importantly, why not make it vegan?
Use your creativity to vary this pizza. Not a fan of peppers? Use broccoli instead. Would you like to add a little something special? Try artichoke hearts or strips of dried tomatoes to the topping.
Vegan sausage brands: Amy’s, Beyond, Field Roast, Gardein, Morningstar Farms, No Evil, Tofurky, and The Very Good Butchers all make excellent vegan sausage. You may find store brands as well. They’re all good! You won’t be afraid to find out “how the sausage gets made,” as the saying goes, as the main ingredients are usually vital wheat gluten and/or tofu (be alert, though, if you have gluten or soy sensitivity).
Double the recipe for a hungry crowd. Though it’s quite hearty, this vegan sausage and peppers pizza disappears quickly, so I highly recommend doubling the recipe.
Use your favorite crust. For this particular pizza adventure, I used Top This!® pre-grilled crusts. These thin crispy crusts with have eye-appealing grill marks that make the pizzas look as good as they taste. Feel free use your preferred crust, whether prepared or from scratch.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 link vegan sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into narrow strips
- 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, or a little of each, cut into narrow strips
- 12- to 14-inch pizza crust, preferably whole-grain
- 1/2 cup pizza or marinara sauce, or as needed (or see white pizza variation)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups vegan mozzarella or pepper jack shreds, or a combination
- Dried basil or oregano Dried hot red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 425º F.
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the sausage and bell peppers and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Place the crust on a pan. Distribute the sauce over the surface of the crust, followed by the cheese.
- Spread the sausage and peppers mixture evenly over the crust.
- Bake until the cheese nicely melted and the crust is golden on the bottom, about 8 to 10 minutes, or as recommended on the crust’s package directions.
- Sprinkle with any of the optional ingredients, cut into 6 wedges and serve hot.
For white pizza: Puree half of a 12.3-ounce container firm or extra-firm silken tofu and a pinch of salt in a food processor until completely smooth. Spread over the surface of the pizza crust. Don’t overdo it — if there’s too much (depending on the size of your crust), save the remainder of the pureed tofu for another use — it makes a nice base for salad dressing, or can be stirred into most any kind of soup.
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