February 18, 2013

Vegan Caramelized Onion Thin Crust Pizza

I have been making pizzas at home with homemade crust, sauce and toppings, and with cheese .. until I found a fall vegetable pizza on New York Time's vegetarian TG menu. Like the editor rightly said, the creamy consistency of the white bean purée makes this dish seem like a decadent treat, and you won't even notice that it doesn't have cheese. I have been playing with all different toppings on this pizza, apples, butternut squash, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, olives, tomatoes, greens, changing the combination each time. Two things I that  I have not changed from original recipe are the white bean purée and the caramelized onion since we love both of them.

Herbed Pizza Crust:
  • Whole wheat flour 1  1/4 cups
  • Bread flour - 1/4 cup
  • Luke warm water - 1/2 cup and 2 Tbs.
  • Active dry yeast - 1/2 tsp.
  • Raw sugar - 2 tsp.
  • Oregano - 1 tsp.
  • Sea salt - 1/2 tsp.
  • Mix everything well to make the dough and knead well for 10-15. Use a kitchen gadget (I use my bread machine with dough setting) or use your hands to knead. Keep aside in a warm place for 30-45 minutes to rise.
  • Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll into crusts of about 7-8 inches. Keep aside till you prepare toppings and the purée.

White Bean Purée:
  • Cannellini beans - 1/2 cup (soaked for 6 hours and pressure cooked)
  • EV olive oil - 2 Tbs.
  • Lemon juice 1 Tbs.
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Dried parsley - 1 tsp.
  • Sea salt as per taste
  • Green chillies - 1-2
  • Grind everything to a fine purée adding few tablespoons of water.

Pizza toppings:
EV olive oil for drizzling
Onion - 1 large (thinly sliced)
Roma tomatoes - 2 (make thin round slices)
Kale - 1 cup (chopped) 
Olives - 1/2 cup (Chopped)

  • In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. EV olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté onions until soft and lightly caramelized, about 20 to 30 minutes. Season with sea salt.
  • Preheat oven at 420 degrees.
  • Place the crusts on baking sheets and bake for 5-6 minutes.
  • Take out and spread  a layer of the Garlic White Bean Purée evenly over the baked crust. On top of the purée  arrange caramelized onion and remaining toppings and drizzle olive oil. Bake for 5 more minutes or until the crust is slightly browned or golden. Let cool, slice and serve.
Makes 4 personal pizzas.


  1. Your pizza looks tasty! Having a healthy pizza alternative available to the public will give them options on how to prepare their own healthy pizza too. They wouldn't be afraid to take the risk of eating this because it almost has the same ingredients that a normal pizza has, except for the meat. :)


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