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PREP TIME: 20 minutes (not including
time to make Basic Cashew Cheese Sauce
or your own pizza dough)
ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes
pizza sauce
One 15-ounce can no-salt-added tomato
One 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 pinches of garlic powder
½ cup water
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 or more individual store-bought pizza
crusts (or you can use your favorite pizza
dough recipe—most are vegan; use glutenfree if necessary)
Basic Cashew Cheese Sauce
Assorted pizza toppings, such as sliced
mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion,
artichoke hearts, chopped fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, olives, pineapple, chopped fresh basil
Sliced vegan sausage, chopped chickenless strips, or beefless crumbles, optional
1. To make the pizza sauce: Combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic
powder, and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring
occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.
2. While the sauce is simmering, follow the instructions for your pizza crust(s) or pizza dough recipe for
preheating the oven and preparation. Prepare your toppings and place them on a tray or set them out on
the counter, getting them ready for the teens to invade.
3. Once the oven is hot, spread sauce on top of the crust(s), leaving 1 inch around the perimeter. Drizzle
or spoon the cheese sauce over the top, using as much or as little as you like. If the crusts are small
enough, everyone can add make their own individual pizza. If the crusts are large, you can let each person
add toppings of their choice to half of a pizza.
4. Bake the pizza(s) according to the recipe instructions. Once done, remove the pizza(s) from the oven,
slice, and serve.