It is finally cooling down this week and I am able to stand in the kitchen without cursing the heat :). and yesterday I even started up the oven! I know I know, but one gets used to the pleasant pacific northwest weather.
This simple pizza has Chipotle Red lentil Tomato Sauce, fresh Basil and Kite hill almond Ricotta. Make the sauce and spread it on the pizza, add veggies and olives if you like, some ricotta or vegan mozzarella, fresh herbs and yum. The sauce has red lentils for a protein boost! Chipotle peppers can be all sizes and can make a mild to spicy sauce.
Use the sauce as pasta sauce, add cooked pasta, or make sloppy sandwiches!
More Pizzas from the blog.
- Black eyed Pea, Tofu Riccota Deep dish Pizza
- Buffalo Chickpea Pizza with Celery ranch and white garlic sauce. this one s always a hit!
- Thai Pizza with veggies, sprouts and peanut sauce. GF crust.
Kite hill cheeses are amazing. Pricey, but some of the products like the new chive cream cheese spread is just so good. And they use almonds, which is a plus for me. Cashews make great cheese too. They mostly come from India, Vietnam, some African regions. I recently found out that cashew production, processing to ready to ship is a long intense process. 80% of their processing cost is linked to workers, and when the markets press for cheaper options, the production companies look to reduce that component of the processing cost. That has led to really bad working conditions, workers have to work really long hours in the same position, are not given enough protective gloves and workers who de-shell the nuts have to hold these acidic raw nuts in their bare hands which leads to permanent damage. (Cashew seed is surrounded by a double shell containing an allergenic acid). Every product or food can have a similar story. A price cut somewhere takes away a lot more from someone else somewhere down the line. Please choose fair-trade, fair-wage/priced, small farmer or local options whenever possible.
Make the chipotle lentil tomato sauce. Prep the Pizza dough, shape and let rise.
Layer the sauce generously. sprinkle fresh and dried basil or other herbs, vegan ricotta and bake. Use a lot more fresh herbs than pictured 🙂
- For the Chipotle Lentil tomato sauce:
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup finely chopped red onion,
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ cup chopped carrot, chopped small (optional)
- ½ tsp dry oregano
- 1 tsp dry basil or 1 Tbsp packed chopped fresh basil
- 2 loaded cups chopped tomato or canned, 2 juicy tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
- 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup red/pink lentils (masoor dal), washed and drained
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp cayenne or to taste (feel free to leave out the cayenne)
- generous dash of black pepper
- For the Pizza:
- Pizza crust of choice - Use any of my white, wheat or gluten-free pan pizza crusts.
- nutritional yeast, fresh basil leaves, salt, pepper,
- Vegan ricotta such as kite hill almond ricotta or Vegan Mozzarella
- In a pan, add oil and heat over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent.
- Add the carrots and herbs and mix well. Add the tomatoes, paste and chopped chipotle pepper and cook for 5 minutes until slightly mushy. Mash the larger pieces.
- Add washed and drained lentils to the pan. Add salt, water, vinegar, cayenne, black pepper. Cook partially covered for 16 to 17 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Cook a few minutes longer, uncovered, if the sauce is too thin. Taste and adjust salt, heat and herbs. Take off heat and keep aside to cool. the sauce should be enough for 2 medium pizzas.
- Prep your pizza dough and shape. Let the dough rise for 10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Spread the sauce liberally on the shaped pizza. Add sliced veggies of choice or olives if you like. Sprinkle a generous amount of vegan ricotta or vegan mozzarella and some chopped basil(fresh or dried or both).
- Bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Sprinkle more fresh basil, nutritional yeast (optional), salt and pepper and serve.
Add ¼ tsp fennel seeds to the sauce.
Add a tbsp of nutritional yeast to the sauce.
Chipotle peppers can be all sizes and can make a mild to spicy sauce. Use 1 or 2 to preference.
Looking for sources of protein, see this fantastic graphic made by Vegans of IG.