Vegetarian Pizza: A Guide to Making Your Own at Home

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Embark on a culinary journey with the mouthwatering taste of vegetarian pizza, a masterpiece that brings the essence of fresh garden produce to your plate.

From the renowned kitchen of Piccolino Woodfired Pizza & Homemade Pasta, we present a range of vegetarian pizza recipes that promise to delight your taste buds.

Each recipe celebrates rich vegetables and cheeses with the perfect blend of herbs and spices. All laid out on a golden wood-fired crust.

Whether you've been a vegetarian for a long time or are simply looking for a meat-free meal option, these pizzas offer a delicious and healthy alternative that doesn't sacrifice flavour or satisfaction.

Vegetarian Pizza Recipes

You can see the various recipes for Piccolino's Vegetarian Pizza below. Which one is your favourite? 

Vegetarian Margherita Pizza

Here's a delicious Vegetarian Margherita Pizza recipe for you:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough (you can make your own or use store-bought)
  • Salsa Semplice (Simple Tomato Sauce):some text
    • 1 can of San Marzano tomatoes (or the best organic Italian tomatoes you can find)
    • A pinch of sea salt
  • Toppings:some text
    • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
    • Fresh basil leaves
    • Extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill or oven as hot as possible. If using a pizza stone, place it in the grill or oven during preheating.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured wooden surface. Aim for a thin crust, but don't worry if it's not ultra-thin.
  3. Spread the simple tomato sauce (salsa semplice) evenly over the rolled-out dough.
  4. Arrange the sliced mozzarella on top of the sauce.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the mozzarella.
  6. Place the pizza on the stone (if used) and bake in the oven or grill. The crust should turn golden and crisp in about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove the pizza from the oven or grill.
  8. Scatter fresh basil leaves over the hot pizza.
  9. Slice and serve immediately!

Enjoy your homemade Vegetarian Margherita Pizza! 

Vegetarian Margherita Pizza

Vegetarian French Fries Baby Pizza 

Creating a Vegetarian French Fries Baby Pizza with Napoli sauce, mozzarella, and seasoned french fries on top can be a delightful treat. Here's a simple way to make it:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Napoli sauce (tomato sauce seasoned with herbs)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Seasoned french fries (homemade or frozen)
  • Optional toppings: sliced olives, bell peppers, onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to the highest setting, typically between 475°F (245°C) and 500°F (260°C).
  2. Roll out your pizza dough to the desired size and thickness.
  3. Spread a thin layer of Napoli sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  4. Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce.
  5. Prepare the seasoned French fries according to the recipe or package instructions. If making them from scratch, cut the potatoes into sticks, soak them in ice water, dry them thoroughly, and then bake or fry them until crispy.
  6. Once the fries are crispy, place them on top of the pizza.
  7. Add any additional toppings if desired.
  8. Bake the pizza in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
  9. Remove from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes, slice, and serve hot.

Enjoy your homemade Vegetarian French Fries Baby Pizza!

Vegetarian Potato Head Pizza 

Here's a simple recipe for a Vegetarian Potato Head Pizza:

Ingredients:

  1. Pizza dough
  2. 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  3. 1 medium potato, thinly sliced
  4. 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped
  6. Balsamic glaze for drizzling

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven while it preheats.
  2. Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness.
  3. Carefully transfer the rolled dough onto parchment paper if you're using a pizza stone. If not, place the dough on a greased or lined baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese evenly over the dough.
  5. Arrange the potato and red onion slices on top of the cheese.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top, followed by the chopped rosemary.
  7. Carefully transfer the pizza (and parchment paper if using a stone) to the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  8. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Drizzle with balsamic glaze before slicing and serving.
Vegetarian Potato Head Pizza 

Vegetarian 4 Formaggi Pizza 

Here's a recipe for a delicious Vegetarian Quattro Formaggi Pizza featuring a delightful blend of cheeses. 

Ingredients:

  • For the Dough:some text
    • 300g (10.6 oz) all-purpose flour (or Manitoba flour)
    • 7g (0.25 oz) active dry yeast
    • 200ml (6.76 fl oz) warm water
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • For the Topping:some text
    • 150g (5.3 oz) mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 100g (3.5 oz) Fontina cheese, grated
    • 50g (1.8 oz) Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
    • 50g (1.8 oz) Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
    • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
    • Olive oil for brushing

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until frothy.
  • Add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix well until a soft dough forms.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise for 3-4 hours or until doubled in size.

2. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F).

3. Shape the Pizza:

  • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into two portions (for two pizzas).
  • Roll out one portion into a 28-30cm (11-12 inch) round pizza base.
  • Place the pizza base on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

4. Add the Cheese Topping:

  • Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella evenly over the pizza base.
  • Follow with the grated Fontina, crumbled Gorgonzola, and grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano.

5. Bake:

  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

6. Serve:

  • Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
  • Slice and serve your delicious Vegetarian Quattro Formaggi Pizza!

Enjoy your cheesy masterpiece! 

Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza

Creating a Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza is a delightful way to enjoy the flavours of Italy in a meatless dish. Here's a simplified recipe to guide you through the process:

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced and fried
  • Your favourite Napoli sauce
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Whole milk mozzarella, shredded
  • Olive oil (for drizzling)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Eggplant: Slice the eggplant into rounds, salt them and let them sit for about 20 minutes to draw out the bitterness. Rinse and pat dry, then fry until golden brown.
  2. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to the highest setting, typically between 450°F (232°C) and 500°F (260°C).
  3. Assemble the Pizza: Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness. Spread a generous layer of Napoli sauce over the base. Arrange the fried eggplant slices on top.
  4. Add Cheese and Basil: Sprinkle-grated Parmesan and shredded mozzarella over the eggplants. Add fresh basil leaves.
  5. Bake: Drizzle olive oil over the top and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Serve: Let the pizza cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve hot.

Enjoy your homemade Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza with the rich flavours of Napoli sauce, the creaminess of melted cheeses, and the fresh aroma of basil! 

Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza

Vegetarian Melanzana Pizza

Let's create a delicious Vegetarian Melanzana Pizza with all those delightful ingredients. 

  • Ingredients:2 eggplants
  • 125 g (4 oz) of fresh mozzarella
  • 200 g (¾ cup) of tomato passata
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Refined salt, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for decoration

Instructions:

1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 180°C (350°F).

2. Prepare the Eggplant Slices:

  • Wash the eggplants and remove the green stems.
  • Cut the eggplants into slices about 1 ½ cm (approximately ⅔ inch) thick.
  • Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Using a knife, make light slashes into the flesh of the eggplant. Be careful not to pierce through the slice.
  • This step will shorten the cooking time and allow the eggplant's juices to escape, making it more flavorful.

3. Season the Eggplant:

  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the eggplant slices.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of acceptable salt.

4. Bake the Eggplant:

  • Bake the seasoned eggplant slices in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

5. Assemble the Pizza:

  • Remove the eggplant slices from the oven.
  • Top each slice with a spoonful of tomato passata.
  • Add a slice of fresh mozzarella on top.

6. Back to the Oven:

  • Return the eggplant pizzas to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Once out of the oven, decorate with fresh basil leaves.
  • Drizzle a little more olive oil if desired.
  • Serve hot, and enjoy your guilt-free, low-carb eggplant pizza!

Vegetarian Pumpkin Pizza 

Here's a simple recipe to make a Vegetarian Pumpkin Pizza:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Walnuts
  • Rocket (Arugula)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to its highest temperature, usually around 250°C (480°F).
  2. Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness.
  3. Spread a layer of pumpkin puree over the dough, leaving a small border for the crust.
  4. Sprinkle a generous amount of mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese over the pumpkin puree.
  5. Scatter some walnuts on top of the cheese.
  6. Bake the pizza in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  7. After removing the pizza from the oven, top it with fresh rocket.
  8. Slice and serve immediately.
Vegetarian Pumpkin Pizza 

Vegetarian Lollo Pizza 

Here's a delightful recipe for a Vegetarian Lollo Pizza featuring mozzarella, honey, walnuts, radicchio, and fior di latte. Let's get cooking! 

Ingredients:

Pizza Crust (store-bought or homemade)

  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Roasted mushrooms
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Red onions
  • Arugula
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot honey (such as Mike's Hot Honey or any type you prefer)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Pizza Dough:

  • If using store-bought pizza dough, follow the package instructions.
  • Roll it out into your desired pizza shape and thickness if making homemade dough.

2. Layer the Toppings:

  • Drizzle olive oil over the pizza dough.
  • Sprinkle minced garlic for extra flavour.
  • Arrange the following toppings in layers:some text
    • Roasted mushrooms
    • Roasted butternut squash
    • Sliced red onions
    • Arugula
    • Crumbled feta cheese
    • Grated Parmesan cheese
    some text
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Drizzle with Hot Honey:

  • Generously drizzle hot honey over the entire pizza. Adjust the amount based on your preference for sweetness and spiciness.

4. Bake:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Place the pizza on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
  • Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.

5. Serve and Enjoy!:

  • Slice the pizza and serve it hot.
  • The combination of savoury, spicy, and sweet flavours will make this pizza a crowd-pleaser!
Vegetarian Lollo Pizza

Vegetarian Funghi Pizza

Making a Vegetarian Funghi Pizza is a delightful way to enjoy the earthy flavours of mushrooms paired with the richness of the cheese and the peppery taste of rocket. Here's a simple recipe to create your gourmet pizza at home:

Ingredients:

Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)

  • 300g passata (tomato sauce)
  • 500g white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 300g grated mozzarella cheese
  • A handful of rocket (arugula) leaves.
  • Shaved parmesan cheese to taste
  • Truffle oil for drizzling
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flour for dusting

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Dough:

  • Preheat your oven to 220°C (430°F).
  • Roll out your pizza dough to your desired thickness on a floured surface.

2. Sauce and Cheese:

  • Spread the passata over the dough, leaving the edges clear for the crust.
  • Sprinkle a generous layer of grated mozzarella over the sauce.

3. Add the Mushrooms:

  • Arrange the thinly sliced mushrooms on top of the cheese.
  • Season with dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

4. Bake the Pizza:

  • Transfer the pizza to a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

5. Finishing Touches:

  • Once out of the oven, immediately top with fresh rocket leaves and shaved parmesan.
  • Drizzle with truffle oil for an aromatic finish.

Enjoy your homemade Vegetarian Funghi Pizza with a glass of your favourite wine!

Vegetarian Funghi Pizza

Vegetarian pizza offers a delightful journey through a world of flavours, especially from Piccolino Woodfired Pizza & Homemade Pasta. Each slice is a testament to the art of pizza making, where fresh, vibrant vegetables meet the smoky charm of a woodfired oven.

For those eager to replicate this culinary masterpiece at home, learning how to make woodfired pizza is an adventure that rewards with every bite. And for those who prefer to savour these creations in their full glory, don't hesitate to make a reservation and experience the magic firsthand. 

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