Portabella Mushroom Pizza Recipe

by Zach on July 8, 2013

Portabella Mushroom Pizza

A couple of weeks ago I was DYING for something that tasted good, actually pizza I really wanted pizza but I didn’t want to shell out the money for soy cheese (I can be cheap haha).  So I decided to find a healthy and affordable alternative, and I stumbled upon the idea of portabella mushroom pizza!

 

There are quite a few benefits of portabella mushroom pizza over traditional pizza.  First it is made with whole food ingredients and you know what is going in your body.  Second it is dairy free and totally vegan.  Lastly it tastes great – you would never guess it’s vegan – for a very small amount of calories!

 

I have to first start by giving credit to Oh She Glows!  I took her recipe and made several tweaks so that it would work for me and what I had lying around the house but I have to say the pizza turned out pretty darn good!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Portabella mushrooms
  • 1 cups pizza sauce (Recipe Below)
  • ~Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce (Recipe Below)
  • 1/3 cup of Diced Green Pepper
  • ~1/3 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 2-3 large basil leaves, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper (cayenne)
  • Nutritional Yeast (optional)

 

Directions:

 

  1. Set your oven to broil and make sure the oven rack is in the lowest position.
  2. Take the portabella mushrooms, remove the stem and clean out the ribs.  You can do this with a spoon by simply running it along the ribs, however be gentle because you don’t want to break the mushroom!
  3. Set the Mushrooms on a cookie sheet and add the pizza sauce, followed by the Basil Cheese Sauce.  The cheese sauce has a very unique texture; so just do your best getting it spread out over the entire mushroom cap.
  4. Top the “pizza” with your diced peppers and onions, you can add some nutritional yeast to the top as well if you would like!
  5. Broil for 10-15 Minutes on the bottom rack, until the portabella mushrooms are semi tender
  6. Enjoy!

 

This was great for when I was first working on becoming vegan and was craving a dairy free AND tasty pizza!  You kind of have to eat them with a fork and a knife, but hey that just means it’s fancy right?

 

So now you’re probably wondering, how do I make that yummy cheese sauce, well here’s the info on that:

 

Basil Cheese Sauce:

 

Okay, this recipe is DIRECT from Oh She Glows, so I want you to know that this isn’t my own creation, but after tasting it I wish it was!  I have adjusting the ingredient amounts so that it make only 2 pizzas, that’s what works for me, but you can also change the amounts to accommodate more pizza!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • A Dash of Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp cold-pressed sunflower oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 fresh basil leaf
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

 

Directions:

  1. Place the cashews into a bowl of water and allow to soak in the fridge for at least 4 hours, overnight is best.
  2. When the cashews are ready, drain and place all the ingredients into a food processor and combine!
  3. Take the cheese out of the processor and set aside to add to your pizza!
  4. Here is where I deviate a little bit in order to make a killer pizza sauce!  We are going to leave the remnants in there for when we make the sauce to give it a “cheesy” zing.

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/08/31/mushroom-masters-a-tournament-of-taste/#ixzz2YVIQ1tky

 

Okay, now here’s the final recipe, my Simple Roma Tomato Pizza Sauce!  I wanted a nice whole foods sauce that tasted good and was pretty healthy for me, so I created my own!  It was actually VERY simple, and I think your going to like it!

 

Simple Roma Tomato Pizza Sauce

 

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Basil Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1-2 Tbsp Agave Nectar (To Taste)
  • Food Processor After Making Basil Cheese (Optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Very Simple, slice up the tomatoes and process it all together.  The sauce is a little thin but it tastes great and it thickens in the oven!

 

I hope you enjoy the pizza, I know I sure did!

 

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