Pesto Tomato Pizza {Gluten Free, Meat Free}

ImageCheese is great – but it may be a little too great. I am trying to wean myself off this creamy goodness for the time being.

So when thinking about dinner recipe options – my choices were limited and semi depressing. Because I love cheese so much.

Haha. But, everything takes discipline. I found this tasty gluten free and vegan pizza recipe that looked amazing. Though I was a little skeptical of the lack of cheese, y’all –to take from Tina Turner – it was ‘simply the best!’ Throw down the microphone good.

Please make this. You will thank yourself for taking the time to do it. Here we go!

You will need: 1 {2 cups} package of gluten free pizza dough mix {I used Bloomfield Farms}. This mixture calls for two cups of water and 1 tbsp. olive oil. If you are trying to go full force vegan – let me suggest this cauliflower crust. I have not made this yet – but it’s next on my list!   

To make your own pesto sauce you’ll need: 1/4 cup pine nuts, 2 loosely packed cups fresh basil, 1/2 – 1 clove of garlic, salt and pepper to taste and olive oil (you decide the quantity here).

Additional glaze: 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of garlic powder.

First, dump 2 cups of the pizza mix into a bowl and add your two cups of water and oil. Knead with your hands and make a nice little ball of dough.

I lined a foil sheet with some more of the dry mixture and placed the ball in the center of the foil. Then rolled the ball in it, so it was not as sticky. Then flattened the crust with my hands to make a nice little round piece to place all your toppings on! I tried to make the bread as thin as possible.

Preheat the oven to 425 – to get the oven nice and toasty.

I added a garlic glaze to the top of my pizza to make it nice and garlic tasting. Just drizzled the oil infused with garlic on top of the dough. Pop this in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Now, on to the pesto sauce! Add all your ingredients from above into the food processor. So drop the pine nuts, basil, garlic, spices and oil – and pulse until creamy.

While the crust is still in the oven, I sautéed some garlic and onions with a little bit of dried basil. And chopped up some fresh grape tomatoes for the topping!

Once the crust is nice and toasty, I pulled it out of the oven and spread my yummy pesto sauce on top. Then arranged the tomatoes and slowly spread my garlic onion mixture on a well.

Let this cook for about 7 minutes – and you have a beautiful cheese and meat free pizza!

It is so fantastic, let me tell you!

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