Vegan Deep Dish Pizza with Italian Cornbread Crust! This is what I promised you last week when I shared my Italian cornbread and homemade pizza sauce recipes with you. Trust me, my friends, it was worth the wait.
This delicious and decadent pizza is worthy of the time that it takes to make. First you get to bake the vegan Italian cornbread. Then you get to prepare the homemade 4 ingredient pizza sauce, but that’s easy. You don’t have to make Somer’s vegan mozzarella, but I would, because it’s so mild and perfect for this deep dish pizza.
My advice to you is to make the cornbread a day or two in advance. While it’s baking, whip up a batch of the pizza sauce. Once those two things are done and ready to go, the rest of the pizza making process is a breeze.
My vegan deep dish pizza with Italian cornbread crust is a spin on the Chicago style spinoccoli pizza that I used to order from Pizzeria Uno (they need to offer a vegan pizza). It was filled with fresh spinach and broccoli. SO good. Obviously, you can top your pizza with whatever you like, but if you like those two green veggies, I highly suggest that you go with them.
It’s Monday, and we all have a million things to do, so I’m not going to bog you down with a lot of chatter this morning. I’m going to get right to the vegan deep dish pizza making instructions so you can start making yours.
Make the Italian cornbread.
Make the homemade pizza sauce.
Make Somer’s vegan mozzarella, or purchase your favorite pre-made brand.
Spread the sauce on the cornbread.
Spread the cheese on the sauce.
Generously cover the sauce with the toppings.
Bake for thirty minutes in a 350° oven until the toppings are done.
Eat and enjoy!
I significantly increased the amount of cashews and other ingredients for the vegan mozzarella. You need a lot of cheese for deep dish pizza. I've added the link to Somer's blog, Vedged Out. Please click on it and check out her site. She has so many awesome recipes.
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VEGAN DEEP DISH PIZZA WITH ITALIAN CORNBREAD CRUST
Click the link in the instructions to make the Italian cornbread recipe. Bake before making the pizza.
Click the link in the instructions to make the homemade pizza sauce recipe.
Click the link in the instructions to make Somer's vegan mozzarella recipe. Note the increase in ingredients below.
For the mozzarella recipe I increased the ingredients:
- 1 and ½ cups of cashews
- 3 teaspoons of tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 and ¼ cups of water
For the toppings:
- 3 cups of coarsely chopped spinach
- 1 small head of broccoli – separate the florets and chop the large ones into smaller pieces
- 1 medium tomato sliced
- Vegan Parmesan optional
- Make the Cornbread. Pizza Sauce. Mozzarella Click the links for the recipes. See Notes for Mozzarella as you will have to account for the soaking time of the cashews. To speed up the process you can boil the cashews in water for 20 minutes instead of soaking.
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- Evenly cover the top of the cornbread with the pizza sauce. Approximately 2 and ½ cups of sauce. Top with the vegan mozzarella. Approximately four cups. Top with the spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes.
- Bake for approximately thirty minutes or until the spinach and broccoli are done. Cover with aluminum foil if they start to brown and they’re not done to avoid blackened broccoli.
- Let sit for five minutes before cutting and sprinkle with vegan Parmesan cheese. (optional)
Kristin Hooker says
I need a clarification. I’m assembling the pizza on top of raw cornbread dough, right? Like, I’m not supposed to bake the cornbread, then add pizza toppings, then bake again, right?
Linda Meyer says
Hi Kristin, you definitely make the cornbread first. I explain that in the post and show the baked cornbread in the pictures with the steps of how to assemble. If you look you can see the baked corn bread, the sauce, then the sauce over the baked corn bread, then the mozzarella over the sauce, and finally the tomatoes and greens. Let me know if you have any more questions.