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Tomato-less Rosemary & Potato Plant-Based Pizza




If you are not a fan of tomatoes but are still a big fan of pizza, why not try out this pizza recipe made with a tomato-less sauce? If you or someone you know needs or wants to avoid nightshades, this recipe makes an excellent option for that reason, as well. Various other vegetables can create a great-tasting pizza sauce, such as carrots, red peppers (if not avoiding nightshades), onions, or even beets!



What Can I Use Instead of Tomato Base on Pizza?


Here are five alternatives to pizza sauce that will still make your pizza taste great.

  • Basil pesto – Basil pesto is a great place to start when trying tomato sauce alternatives for the first time. The ingredients in basil pesto, like fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts, will taste great with a wide array of pizza toppings. However, some of the best toppings for basil pesto sauce are grilled vegetables, which pair well together.
  • Bechamel – This is a sauce frequently used in many Italian dishes, so it makes sense why it works well as a pizza sauce alternative. Bechamel is also known as white sauce, and its ingredients often include flour, butter, milk, and some seasonings such as garlic, lemon juice or zest, pepper, or red pepper flakes.
  • BBQ sauce – If you yearn for a nice smoky flavor, this is the best way to go for a pizza sauce alternative! The best ingredients to include in a homemade barbecue sauce are tomato, vinegar, brown sugar, and dried mustard.
  • Fig jam – Figs can be found as an option for pizzas with tomato sauce, so why not try the alternative of using it for the sauce instead? A great ingredient to include on a pizza with fig jam is fresh arugula, as its pepperiness pairs well with the sweetness of the jam. Sweet and savory go so well together.
  • Curry – Have you ever considered taking an Indian twist on a pizza? This sauce gives you the perfect excuse to do so! You can even try using Naan bread for the pizza crust instead to make it even more Indian cuisine-based!






What Did Italians Use for Pizza Before Tomatoes?


In the early to mid-1500s, the base was usually a flatbread made from wheat flour, and toppings would involve garlic, lard, and coarse salt. Entering the 1600s, olive oil often replaced lard, cheese was added on top, and some fresh herbs, especially basil. Once into the 1600s, tomatoes were brought from the Americas and used to create a different flavor. At first, it was just used for sauces to put over the top of pasta and other Italian dishes, but then someone came up with the brilliant idea to try it on pizza. Mozzarella on top of pizza became common in the 1800s.



What Is Plant-Based Pizza Made Of?


Those following a plant-based lifestyle often do not need to worry about locating a vegan-specific pizza crust, as pizza crusts usually do not contain eggs or dairy products. However, to be safe, check the ingredients list if you are purchasing a pizza crust from the grocery store instead of making your own. A plant-based pizza will use vegan cheese instead of regular cheese, made of nuts, soy protein, nutritional yeast, oils, pea protein, or tapioca flour.






Is Plant-Based Pizza Healthier?


There are multiple reasons why a vegetarian or vegan pizza is healthier for you, including being nutrient-dense, no processed meats, and being lower in calories. Including vegetables on a pizza increases the amount of nutrients you consume within that meal, such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Spinach and bell peppers are great vegetable options to include on your pizza. Also, excluding processed meat from the pizza means you are omitting excess fat and sodium from your diet. Lastly, with processed meat being higher in fat, omitting it helps lower the amount of calories you consume daily.



What Is the Healthiest Pizza to Eat?


The healthiest type of pizza you can eat is one that has a thin crust or one that is made out of cauliflower. Loading up a pizza with lots of veggie toppings will also make the pizza a more nutritious choice.






Try some of our yummy and great gluten-free alternative recipes so you can still enjoy some favorite comforting classics!




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We would love to hear how this recipe worked for you and any tasty spins you made to it in the comments below. Camille Knowles created this Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza recipe for her skin care site for alleviating eczema. Have some yummy plant-based recipes you would like to share? Please share some of your favorites on our ➡️Share A Recipe⬅️ page with the Assuaged community!



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Manaker, L. (2023, July 4). Is pizza healthy? Here's what a dietitian wants you to know. Eating Well.

Montevergine, S. (2020, April 20). The incredible history of pizza. La Cucina Italiana. 

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Vegan Potato Pizza with Rosemary

Vegan Potato Pizza with Rosemary

Yield: 2-3 pizzas
prep time: 45 M cook time: 12 M total time: 57 M


  • 3 medium potatoes
  • Dry rosemary
  • Sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated finely
  • Sweet paprika or chili powder (optional)
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet fast-action dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


How to cook vegan potato pizza with rosemary

  2. Peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly using the lowest setting on a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife. If using a knife, make sure the slices are thin and of the same thickness so that they cook evenly.
  3. Rinse sliced potatoes and plunge them into a bowl of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of salt. This will get rid of excess starch and allow the potatoes to crisp up more. Leave them to soak for at least 1 hour. Make the pizza dough whilst waiting.
  4. Rinse the potato slices out and place them in a single layer on a long piece of kitchen towel. Cover with another piece of kitchen towel and place another, single, layer of potato on top. Cover with another piece of kitchen towel. Continue in the same way until you’ve used up all your potato slices up. The point of this is to dry the potato slices as much as possible before topping the pizza.
  5. Mix the grated garlic with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Pound a generous pinch of sea salt with a few pinches of rosemary in a pestle and mortar to create rosemary salt.
  6. Just before the dough is ready to be rolled out, place the dried potato slices in a large bowl. Toss them in a bit of olive oil. Don’t season with salt just yet as it will make the potatoes release more water and will prevent crisping up.
  8. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  9. Pour in the lukewarm water and olive oil. Stir everything together with a large wooden spoon.
  10. When the mixture has mostly stuck together, turn the mixture out on to a work surface or a bread board.
  11. Knead the mixture by holding one end of the dough in one hand and stretching it out with the other hand. Reform the dough, turn it 90 degrees and start again. Repeat this for 10 minutes.
  12. When the dough is shiny and smooth, put it in a large mixing bowl, coat it in a thin layer of olive oil and cover the bowl with a tea towel.
  13. Leave this in a warm place (but not too warm – ie not next to an open fire!) for between one and two hours (until it has doubled in size).
  14. Set the oven to 480° F and brush two baking trays with olive oil – don’t be stingy as otherwise the pizza may end up sticking to the trays.
  15. After the dough has proved, empty it out on to a work surface and push the air out with your fingertips.
  16. Divide the dough in half. Place one half in the middle of an oiled baking tray and roll it out into a large rectangle using a small rolling pin or push the dough out with your fingers.
  17. Brush the dough with half of your garlic oil and sprinkle with salt. Place lightly oiled potato slices on top, make sure the slices do not overlap by more than about 30%. Sprinkle rosemary salt, extra dry (or fresh rosemary) on top and paprika or / and chilli powder if you’d like some spice.
  18. Bake for about 12 minutes. While the first pizza is baking, prepare the second one in the same way and again, bake for 12 minutes.
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