The Hamilton Spectator

Vegetarian Deluxe Pizza


The popularity of pizza goes up a notch on Fridays, especially when you want to avoid having to overthink dinner. This recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes (faster than delivery!) and is made with naan bread topped with vegetables, slices of vegan sausages, and cheese. It’s a vegetarian and gourmet meal — which feels good to end the week!

Preparatio­n 15 min Cooking 10 min Servings 4



■ 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

■ 2 tbsp (30 ml) tomato paste

■ 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano

■ 1⁄2 tsp (2.5 ml) balsamic vinegar

■ 1 garlic clove, chopped


■ 4 regular size naan breads or 8 small

■ 4 oz (115 g) white mushrooms, thinly sliced

■ 2 smoked paprika vegan wheat sausages (175 g), cut into rounds (see note)

■ 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

■ 2 cups (200 g) Gouda cheese, grated

■ Basil leaves, to taste



1) In a bowl, combine all of the ingredient­s. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.


2) With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

3) Place the naan breads on the baking sheet and cover with the sauce. Top with the mushrooms, sausages, bell pepper and cheese. 4) Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is slightly golden. Garnish with basil, if desired.


Wheat sausages (seitan) are available in some grocery stores, often near the refrigerat­ed tofu.

To make this recipe vegan, the cheese can be replaced with a vegan cheese substitute and the naan breads (which often contain butter or buttermilk) can be replaced with Greek pitas.

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