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Vegan deep dish pizza with vegan cheese

Vegan Deep Dish Pizza

This easy to make vegan deep dish pizza is the perfect comfort food on weekends! The recipe is gluten-free and plant-based. You can use your favorite veggies for this yummy pizza pie!
Course Main Course, Pizza
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4


Pizza dough:


  • 5 oz (140 g) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 peppers (I used green ones), chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup (75 g) mushrooms sliced
  • 2/3 cup (120 g) corn
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) tomato sauce
  • 1 batch vegan cheese (or vegan cheese of choice)
  • sea salt, black pepper, and Italian spice mix to taste
  • red pepper flakes (optional)


Make the pizza dough

  • Heat the plant-based milk in a saucepan for a few seconds until it's lukewarm (not hot!) about 35-40 degrees C (95-104 degrees F). Add yeast, sugar, and olive oil and set aside for about 10 minutes to proof the yeast. If it starts to get frothy, then the yeast is still active and usable.
  • Combine all dry ingredients (flour, psyllium husk powder, sea salt) in a bowl and stir with a whisk.
  • Add the yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. It might seem too wet in the first few seconds but that will change within a minute. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes with your hands (it will be sticky, that's ok), form a dough ball and set aside (preferably in a warm place) for about 60 minutes. It should almost double in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, place it on a floured surface, and roll it out with a rolling pin about 0.6-0.8 cm thick. It should have a diameter of about 30 cm (12 inches).
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F).
  • Line an 8-inch springform with parchment paper or grease it with some oil. Carefully place the dough into the springform. It should look like this. Let it rest again for about 10 minutes.
    Vegan deep dish pizza gluten-free dough
  • Pre-bake the dough for around 10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can chop the veggies.

Make the filling

  • Saute veggies and mushrooms in a skillet with a little oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and Italian spices to taste. You can also add red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.
  • Make a batch of my easy vegan cheese sauce and spread half of it onto the pre-baked pizza dough. You can use any other vegan cheese of choice instead.
    Vegan deep dish pizza gluten-free dough with vegan cheese
  • Then add a layer of the fried veggies.
    Vegan deep dish pizza gluten-free dough with corn and mushrooms
  • Add the tomato sauce.
    Vegan deep dish pizza in springform
  • Also, add more vegan cheese (sauce). Place the pizza back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
    Vegan deep dish pizza gluten-free dough with veggies mushrooms and vegan cheese
  • Enjoy with fresh herbs of choice. PS: Please note that this vegan deep dish pizza won't stay nicely in shape when you cut into it because it has a lot of filling. Read the recipe notes below for a solution.


  • You can use 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast instead of fresh yeast.
  • I have made this recipe once with an additional layer of dough in between. This will help the pizza to stay in shape when you cut into it. To make this, simply divide the dough into 2 parts, one being 2/3 of the size of the other one. Spread the larger rolled out dough into the pan/springform and use the smaller rolled out dough as an additional layer in between the veggies!
  • I had the BEST result with the following homemade gluten-free flour mix:
  • 120 g white rice flour (3/4 cup)
  • 60 g chickpea flour (1/2 cup)
  • 60 g tapioca flour (1/2 cup)
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.