We did it!!! We finally made a pizza that actually taste like pizza! Happy dance! Seriously, we have tried so many combinations to make a pizza that taste even a little like a pizza, without using dairy and tomato, and nothing came even remotely close. Until today!
It’s all about the ingredients. There are a lot of cheese substitutes out there, all making various claims, but most are not really subsititues if you actually like cheese. But, we finally found a brand that really does taste and melt like cheese for pizza. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it taste like mozzarella but more like a shredded combination of pizza cheeses, which is good enough for us!
When coming up with the sauce, we tried everything from pesto to pumpkin and everything in between, but nothing tastes similar to tomato. Maybe it’s the familiar color or spicy, sugary taste of the tomato but coming up with a substitute seemed impossible. Then we discovered carrot, ginger soup and ricotta made from almond milk and the stars aligned!
We don’t usually focus so much on specific products but because we have done so much research for this recipe we want to make sure you get it right, if you want to recreate, so we’re sharing specific brands and stores to help…
- Fresh pizza dough (we got ours from whole foods)
- 1 package Follow Your Heart Vegan Shreds
- 1 1/2 cup Dole Carrot and Ginger soup (found this at Wegmans in the soup aisle)
- 4 tablespoons Kite Hill Ricotta (almond milk, we found it at whole foods)
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic purée
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (high quality)
- 1 teaspoon oregano and basil seasonings
- Fresh basil (as much as you’d like for topping)
Gather your ingredients to make pizza making a little easier. Let the chef taste the carrot/ginger soup to make sure he approves.
Mix carrot soup with garlic, ricotta, sugar, and seasonings. Roll out dough.
Stretch dough to thin out and form large circle. Put dough on baking sheet (not your head).
Pick and wash a few leaves of basil. As you can see, our basil grew back again! Cover dough with a thin layer of olive oil.Add carrot sauce.
Cover sauce with cheese. Add basil or any topping you’d like.
Put pizza in oven and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until all cheese is melted and bottom of dough is brown.
Longest 20 minutes of our Chef’s life!
When cheese is melted, take pizza out of the oven and let cool.
So far, it looks like pizza.
Wait a few minutes for it to cool and serve.
Our chef didn’t want to get his hands dirty at first.
But then he realized just how delicious it is and took another piece. Enjoy!