If you’re trying out a vegetarian diet, you’re probably wondering which of your favorite foods are still on the menu for you. Does going vegetarian mean giving up some of the tastiest meals out there? (Spoiler: It doesn’t!) One of the most popular foods world-wide is pizza. It’s delicious, easy to buy pre-made or to make at home, and comes in a variety of different styles. But, is pizza vegetarian?
Good news! Many pizzas are 100% vegetarian-friendly. A basic pizza contains crust, marinara sauce, and cheese, which are all vegetarian ingredients. The best way to ensure that your pizza is vegetarian is to skip out on any meat toppings, such as pepperoni and sausage. But there are tons of ways to still make your vegetarian pizza unique and tasty, and today, we’re going to tell you how. We’ll also let you know where you can buy the best pre-made, vegetarian-friendly pizzas, so keep reading to hear about all of our suggestions.
How to Make the Best Vegetarian Pizzas
There are plenty of simple ways that you can make a tasty, vegetarian pizza at home. The best part about making your pizza in your kitchen is that you can customize the ingredients and toppings to best suit your preferences. The easiest way to make a pizza vegetarian-friendly is to simply skip the meat toppings. But what if you want to take your vegetarian pizza to the next level? Whether you prefer a simple lineup of crust, sauce, and cheese, or you’re looking to make a unique pizza with multiple different flavors and toppings, we’re here to break down how you can “DIY” your personalized vegetarian pizza.
Let’s start with the base. The vast majority of pizza doughs are vegetarian-friendly, as they don’t contain meat. You can purchase a pre-made dough or frozen pizza crust at most grocery stores, and these will usually contain a mixture of flour, yeast, water, salt and oil– all vegetarian ingredients. You can also make your own dough at home using these ingredients, or you can add a few more ingredients to make the dough unique and even tastier. If you’re looking for a dough that’s more out of the box, try out this Homemade Italian Herb Pizza Dough recipe, or this Garlic Pizza Crust recipe.
Now for the toppings! There are tons of pre-made sauces that you can slather onto your pizza crust. For that classic pizza taste, go for a red marinara sauce, or to spice things up a bit, try a creamy white sauce or pesto. If you’re looking to make your own sauce or pesto, try this New York Style Pizza Sauce recipe, or this Fresh Basil Pesto recipe. If you eat dairy as a vegetarian, top your pizza with some fresh mozarella, ricotta, parmasean, or cheddar. But, if you’re looking to keep your pizza dairy-free, opt for a vegan version of cheese. You can find lots of dairy-free cheese alternatives at your local grocery store, and you can head to this list of the best vegan cheeses for pizza to find the one that suits your personal taste. Next, add your favorite veggies and seasonings to your pizza to give it extra flavor, texture, and nutrients. Keep it traditional by adding things like onion, green pepper, tomato, and oregano, or step it up a notch by adding things like jalapenos, pinneaple, arugula, or plantbased meats.
A common misconception about vegetarians is that they simply don’t like the taste of meat, which is why they choose to forgo it all together. Although this is true for some, many people stick to a vegetarian diet for ethical or health reasons. If you’re a vegetarian, you may actually still prefer and crave the taste of meat, and therefore, opt for vegetarian alternatives to meat when choosing a protein source for a meal. There are many vegetarian and vegan versions of pepperoni and sausage on the market, and at The Pizza Plant, we top both of our signature plantbased pizzas with delicious vegan meats. Head to your local grocery store or shop online for The Pizza Plant– plantbased pizza has never tasted so good!
Where to Buy Tasty, Pre-made, Vegetarian Pizzas
All over the place! From pizza restaurants to your local grocery store, vegetarian pizzas aren’t too hard to come by. You can almost certainly find a great vegetarian pizza at your local pizza joint– just be sure to tell them that you’re vegetarian to ensure they don’t include any meat ingredients. You can even order vegetarian pizzas at fast-food chains like Pizza Hut (read here how to eat vegetarian at Pizza Hut.) You can also head to the frozen section in your local grocery store to find tons of vegetarian pizza selections. Any classic cheese pizzas or veggie pizzas should be vegetarian-friendly– of course, just check the label to be sure. If it doesn’t contain any meat ingredients, it’s a go!
For the best vegetarian-friendly pizzas that are healthier for you, contain tasty vegetarian meats, and are organic and scratch-made, check out The Pizza Plant. Our pizzas are 100% plantbased, better for both you and the planet, and mouth-wateringly good. Both our cheese and meat alternatives are dairy-free and vegan, meaning you won’t have to worry about cross-contamination when diving into your delicious pizza.
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