Are you craving a cheesy pizza but all the store-bought vegan cheeses aren’t any good? The simple solution: Make your own vegan cheese! It’s really easy! Add your favorite toppings to this Vegan Cheese Pizza!
Store-bought vegan cheese is hit or miss. Over the last years, there have been so many new vegan cheese products and while some of them are quite good, I’ve had my fair share of weird-tasting almost like plastic-tasting cheeses as well.
I still love to make my own vegan cheese, though! It’s easy. It’s quick. You can adjust the flavor and texture to your own liking. And for this recipe, you won’t need to soak nuts and you don’t need a blender. The cheesy flavor comes from the Nutritional Yeast.
I’ve made a rather simplistic vegan cheesy pizza with homemade crust, tomato sauce, vegan cheese sauce and topped it with arugula after baking. Of course, you can add your favorite toppings!
How to make Vegan Cheese Pizza
Step 1: First we’re making the pizza dough. For this pizza, I’ve used a pizza crust with yeast (this takes a while, so prepare ahead!) but if you’re short on time, you can also use this quick yeast-free pizza dough.
Step 2: Make the vegan cheese sauce.
Step 3: Roll out the pizza crust, add tomato sauce, then the vegan cheese sauce. And bake …
Step 4: …until the crust is golden and crispy. Add fresh arugula and enjoy!
Versatile Vegan Cheese Sauce
I love this vegan cheese sauce recipe so, so much! I make it all the time.
My favorite uses besides on pizza are
I’ve been making this cheese sauce (with some modifications) since I went vegan in 2012. There were no vegan cheese products in the stores, so making my own cheese was the only option. Now there are so many options, but I still make this vegan cheese sauce regularly. I have so much love for this one.
More Vegan Pizza Recipes for you to try
- Vegan Breakfast Pizza with tofu scramble and seitan sausages
- Mini Pretzel Pizzas with cider cheese sauce
- Grilled Veggie Pizza
- Vegan Chanterelle Pizza
- Pumpkin Pizza with zucchini and caramelized onions
- Whole Wheat Roasted Veggie & Tempeh Pizza
I hope you will enjoy this ‘cheesy’ pizza as much as I did! Let me know if you give it a try!
And don’t forget to rate the recipe if you like it, this helps other users figure out if it is worth a try!
Vegan Cheese Pizza
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more to dust the dough and surfaces
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil + more to coat the dough
- 3/4 cup water
Vegan Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegan butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup tomato passata
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups arugula
- Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and water. Mix and knead by hand until it's a soft, non-sticky dough or put all the ingredients in a kitchen machine and let the machine knead the dough for you. Finetune the dough: If it's too sticky, add more flour. If it's too crumbly, add more water.
- Coat the ball of dough in a drizzle of olive oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (2-3 hours depending on the room temperature).
Vegan Cheese Sauce
- Heat the coconut oil or butter in a small pot on low heat.
- Add the salt, paprika powder, and curry powder.
- Add in the flour and whisk.
- Add nutritional yeast, whisk again until clumpy.
- Add the water and whisk on low heat for a few minutes. If it gets too thick you can add a little bit more water and whisk again.
Combining it all together
- For the tomato sauce, mix the tomato passata with the tomato paste, and herbs.
- Preheat the oven to 480°F/250°C.
- Divide the dough into two equal parts. Carefully roll it out on a lightly floured parchment paper into two pizza crusts (don't use too much pressure). You can stretch it a bit with your hands until it has the right shape.
- Transfer the crust on the parchment paper onto a baking tray. Top the pizza dough with tomato sauce, vegan cheese sauce. At this point, you can also add additional toppings (such as olives, artichokes, mushrooms, whatever you like on your pizza!).
- Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden and slightly crispy. Top with arugula after baking and enjoy!