Vegan Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza is really simple but nice, with tomato, basil and mozzarella.  I use vegan mozzarella of course.  I love Violife Mozzarella but homemade cashew mozzarella is also really nice.  I add slices of tomatoes and use a homemade sauce to add more goodness.  My three year old really likes it!

 

 

Ingredients (makes 1 pizza)

  • 1 pizza base (home made or store-bought)

For the sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. tomato purée
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 heaped tsp. dried oregano
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Toppings:

  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • A few handles of vegan mozzarella, grated or sliced
  • A few fresh basil leaves

How it’s made:

  • For the sauce, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil over a medium heat in a small saucepan.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion. Add to the saucepan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Peel and mince or crush the garlic. Add to the pan and cook for another minutes or two, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the tomato purée and stir and cook for another minutes.
  • Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, oregano, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • This should be enough sauce for about two pizzas, so if you’re only making one you can save the sauce for another dish like pasta.
  • Put a layer of sauce on the pizza base.
  • Sprinkle the cheese on the top.
  • Add the tomato slices on top of this.
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.
  • Scatter fresh basil leaves on top and serve.