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Roasted Vegetable and White Bean Pesto Hummus Pizza

Roasted Vegetable and White Bean Pesto Hummus Pizza Recipe

Photos by Emily Caruso

We’re just one week into the New Year and here I am sharing a pizza recipe. It seems like most people, myself included, are looking to take our diets in a healthier direction this time of year, and I usually don’t think of pizza as being healthy. This pizza is another story. It’s probably the healthiest pizza I’ve ever made, loaded with veggies and totally vegan. It’s also over-the-top delicious.

I’ve created a few vegan pizzas at this point, and I think I’ve figured out the key, which is really the same rule I apply when veganizing any recipe: if you can’t create a vegan version of something that’s as tasty as the original and relatively easy to create, don’t even try. Most pizza is covered with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Melty, stretchy cheese is not among those easy to replicate vegan foods. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but you might need to seek out some ingredients you don’t have on hand and will never use again. You might have to do some back and forth with heating and refrigeration steps. You might devote a good portion of your day to it. Whenever this is the case, I simply go with plan B, which is to find a replacement that’s relatively easy to make, and at least as delicious as the original.

Hummus for Pizza
In this case hummus was my ingredient. I’ve seen hummus used in pizza recipes a few times, and at first I thought it sounded a little weird. It was actually perfect though. The awesome thing about hummus is that it functions like cheese and sauce. It adds richness, flavor and bulk like cheese, while providing a nice base layer over your crust like sauce does. White bean hummus works especially well for this, since it blends up nice and creamy.

This hummus pizza was also the easiest pizza I’ve ever made. Everything happens simultaneously — the crust bakes and veggies roast while you blend up the white bean pesto hummus, which is extra easy to whip up given the fact that most of the flavors are already conveniently packed into the pesto. You can use store bought or homemade prepared pesto, but keep in mind that most store bought pesto brands contain Parmesan cheese, so they’re not vegan. Amore is one brand that’s available in lots of supermarkets and online. You could also make your own.

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Roasted Vegetable and White Bean Pesto Hummus Pizza

Roasted Vegetable and White Bean Pesto Hummus Pizza Recipe

This vegan pizza is flavorful and hearty, with a layer of creamy white bean pesto hummus topped with roasted broccoli, mushrooms and zucchini. It’s as easy to make as it is healthy, and takes just 30 minutes to prepare.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

Roasted Vegetable and White Bean Pesto Hummus Pizza

  • 1 pound pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups sliced white button mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced zucchini (about 1 medium)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (about 1 crown)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the White Bean Pesto Hummus:

  • 1 (14-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 3/4 cup cooked)
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto (make sure it’s dairy-free if you’re vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Roasted Vegetables and Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º. Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
  2. Place veggies in a roasting pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss a few times until the veggies are evenly coated.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll the pizza dough into a 12- to 14-inch circle. Brush the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Carefully transfer the dough to the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Place the veggies and pizza crust in the oven. Bake the pizza crust until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Bake the veggies until slightly tender and browned in spots, about 20 minutes, tossing 1-2 times during baking.

Prepare the White Bean Pesto Hummus:

  1. Place the beans, pesto and lemon juice into bowl of food processor fitted with the S-blade. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Season with salt to taste.

Assemble the Pizza:

  1. Spread the white bean pesto hummus in an even layer over the pizza crust. Arrange the veggies on top, cut into slices and serve.

Notes

Feel free to substitute your favorite veggies. Bell peppers, diced eggplant, and artichoke hearts would all be delicious here. You will need a total of 6 cups of whatever veggies you choose.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    January 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

    This pizza is totally my kind of thing! I am a huge fan of hummus but I’ve only tried it on pizza once. I need this! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I think hummus pizza is my new favorite type of pizza! Thanks for the pin. 🙂

  • Reply
    Heidi @foodiecrush
    January 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    White pizza of any kind might be my favorite ever. Stroke of genius with the add of hummus!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Heidi! If you’re a fan of white pizza I think you’ll love this. 🙂

  • Reply
    Julianne @ What the Bride Wore
    January 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    There’s a white bean pesto hummus at trader joe’s that is DELICIOUS for those looking for even less prep time.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      This is pretty similar to the Trader Joe’s hummus. I don’t think that one is vegan, but it would be a good option for anyone not sticking to a vegan diet. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent
    January 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Oh sweet mother of all that is good and holy. White bean pesto hummus on PIZZA?!! Sign. me. up. I need to make this ASAP.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Yes, you do! And enjoy it, please! 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love the idea of swapping cheese with hummus, that’s brilliant!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      It really did work out nicely. Thanks Laura!

  • Reply
    June Burns
    January 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Oh man that is making me hungry. Hummus on pizza? Brilliant! 🙂

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      I’ll take that as a good sign. 😉 Thanks Jane!

  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    January 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Hummus on pizza is my favorite! I agree, if you can’t make something vegan that is just as good, juuuuust don’t even with that.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      This was my first time trying hummus on pizza, but it’s definitely a favorite now! 🙂

  • Reply
    Bridget McGahen
    January 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Two of my very favorite things combined into one delicious dish!! I totally need to try this sometime

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 7, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      It really is a great combination! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    January 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

    This looks absolutely fantastic, Alissa! I’ve never made a vegan pizza. I can’t wait to try it out!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Liz! This is a great way to try out vegan pizza. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    January 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I love crazy melty stringy cheese…but my body doesn’t. Trying to be healthier lately and this pizza is totally calling my name!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      I totally agree! Hummus is a nice alternative to melty stringy cheese, and definitely healthier. 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura
    January 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    SO delicious! Definitely making this instead of cheese and tomato based pizzas from now on.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      January 20, 2015 at 7:43 am

      So glad to hear it! Thanks Laura!

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