I’m a big fan of pizzas with unconventional vegetable toppings.  Long ago when I worked at Sir Pizza, a local hole-in-the-wall pizza place in Tennessee, we used to serve a veggie pizza that featured broccoli florets.  They would get perfectly roasted in the pizza oven and added a nice texture along side the other veggie and non-veggie toppings.  You may think this sounds strange, but it was actually very good, that is, unless you don’t like broccoli!

Next time you don’t feel like making a big production out of dinner, try this.

Cauliflower Concoction

I had some cauliflower lying around that needed to be cooked, so I used cauliflower, veggie sausage, onions, and garlic.  But what took this pizza from good to great was the pesto pizza sauce mixture.

This was my second attempt at making vegan pizza.  In my opinion, this pizza turned out ten times better than the first one.  Instead of everything turning hard and crusty, this pizza was soft and full of flavor.  I did two things differently:  use bulkier toppings and wait until the end to add the cheese.

This is a pizza that I will definitely make again.

Ingredients for Vegan Sausage Cauliflower Pesto Pizza:

  • Pizza crust, pre-prepared (make sure the crust does not contain egg.  I found the pre-baked crusts usually do not contain egg, while the pizza crust dough you must bake contains egg.)
  • 4 oz. pizza sauce
  • 4 oz. pesto sauce (again, you must look for pesto sauce that does not contain animal byproducts.)
  • 1 tablespoons Minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup veggie sausage, crumbled
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Veggie pepperoni (halved)
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 cups shredded veggie cheese (mozzarella or parmesan flavored)

Directions for how to make Vegan Sausage Cauliflower Pesto Pizza:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Follow the directions to prepare the pizza crust.
  3. In a pan, brown veggie sausage on med-hi heat.  Mix in olive oil and onions, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.
  4. In a bowl, mix pizza sauce, pesto sauce and garlic.  Spread sauce onto pizza crust in an even layer.
  5. When sausage and onion mixture is ready, sprinkle onto pizza in an even layer.
  6. Place cauliflower onto pizza, evenly distributing the florets among the other toppings.
  7. Add pepperoni slices to taste.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and add cheese.
  10. Bake for another 2-3 minutes.  Do not overcook the cheese!

Enjoy!

By India Stone