Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza

This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!

This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!


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I’m pretty sure the first time I ever had baked ziti, it was on a pizza.

A friend introduced me to baked ziti pizza at a local pizza place when I was a teenager, and I’ve been pretty obsessed with the whole idea ever since. Pasta on pizza? That is definitely my idea of a good time.

Obviously, I’ve been dying to make a vegan baked ziti pizza for what feels like forever.

And I am so, so happy I did because this might just be the best thing I’ve eaten all year. Or all decade. Or, I don’t know, I eat a lot of good food and like to hyperbolize about it.

But the point is: THIS PLANT-BASED PIZZA IS AMAZING. 

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Why We Love Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza

  • It’s a fun twist on 2 classic dishes that EVERYONE loves.
  • The easy dairy-free mozzarella sauce is made with silken tofu and a few simple ingredients. It has BIG flavor and an amazing texture for pizza!
  • The walnut sausage is flavorful and crispy perfection. This is our favorite way to cook with walnut meat!
  • This plant-based pizza recipe is actually very easy to make and the process is great for cooking with friends, your partner, or even your kids!
This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!

How to Make Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza

Although the title “Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza” can sound a little complicated and overwhelming, this recipe is shockingly easy to throw together and totally customize-able. 

First, you’ll defrost your pizza dough. Check your ingredients here, but we find a lot of brands at our regular old grocery store are “accidentally” vegan. You can also use your favorite homemade pizza dough or a gluten-free pizza dough!

Next, you’ll make the walnut meat. This takes about 5 minutes, a few simple ingredients, and a food processor. AKA – You’ve got this. 

This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!

Transfer this to a bowl and use the food processor again to make your mozzarella sauce. We used a silken tofu base for the mozz sauce and a few pantry staples to give it that cheesy flavor!

This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!

Then, cook your pasta! You’ll toss your pasta with a little marinara (homemade or store-bought) + ½ of the walnut meat.

This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!

Finally, assemble + bake! Press your vegan pizza dough over a cast iron pan (or pizza stone or baking sheet…you do you), top with sauced ziti, mozz sauce, and walnut sausage, sprinkle the crust with a little vegan parm + bake ‘til the crust is browned. Then, dig in!

How to Store Leftover Vegan Pizza

FRIDGE: Store leftover pesto pizza in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator.

FREEZER:When the vegan pizza has cooled completely, wrap slices in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer.

HOW TO REHEAT: Reheat leftover baked ziti pizza on a baking sheet for about 5-7 minutes in a preheated 350F oven. Frozen slices will take at least 15-20 minutes.

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We cannot wait to hear all about it; enjoy!

Yield: 8 slices

Serving Size: 2 slices

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Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza

This Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza is like a delicious dream: Saucy ziti, flavorful walnut sausage, and an ooey gooey dairy-free mozzarella sauce on a fluffy pizza crust baked to perfection in your cast iron pan. Basically, this meat-free comfort food dish is everything you love about a classic baked ziti but veganized and on a PIZZA! This fun vegetarian dinner recipe is shockingly easy and will be your favorite plant-based pizza to make with your partner, friends, or kids!

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Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450F and get out a large cast-iron pan. If you haven’t already, make your walnut sausage and set it aside in a small bowl.
  2. Next, make your dairy-free mozzarella sauce by adding all the ingredients to a small blender or food processor. Blend on high, stopping to scrape the sides as needed, for 1-2 minutes until creamy and luscious! It will be very liquid-y in this stage but will thicken up a lot in the oven.
  3. Time to make your ziti according to the directions on the box. When cooked, drain your pasta and immediately spray it with cold water. Then, place it back in the pot and stir in your marinara and ½ of the walnut meat.
  4. Now, it’s time to assemble! Use clean, dry hands to flatten your pizza dough on the bottom of your cast iron pan, all the way to the edges. Top the dough with the sauced ziti, leaving room for the crust. Then, pour on your mozzarella sauce slowly and carefully. (NOTE: You WILL have pasta + mozz sauce leftovers. We saved ours for the next day’s lunch!) Finally, top your pizza with the remaining walnut sausage, brush the crust with some olive oil, and sprinkle it with a splash of vegan parm.
  5. Bake the pizza at 450F for about 15-20 minutes or until the crust is nice and browned. Depending on what crust you’re using, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly, so be sure to read the package here! Let the pizza cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and enjoy!

Notes

*Check the ingredients to ensure it's vegan-friendly, but we find most frozen pizza doughs at our local grocery store are "accidentally" vegan. You can sub a homemade pizza dough or gluten-free dough, but be aware the cooking time may need to be adjusted!

**As with all savory recipes, be sure to use coconut oil that's labeled REFINED and not one labeled UNREFINED or VIRGIN. This will ensure you get zero coconut taste..which would be a little weird on a pizza, but maybe that's just me.

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8 thoughts on “Vegan Baked Ziti Pizza

  1. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm definitely going to... and soon! Vegan baked ziti pizza made with "chickpea pasta"?!!!!! I didn't even know about this. Thanks Plant Power Couple - I love your innovative recipes. Keep 'em coming...
    1. Hi, Susan! Your comment just put such a huge smile on my face. :) Thank you so much! Can't wait to hear what you think of the recipe AND the chickpea pasta. Happy cooking!
  2. YUM! I could just stop there. But I won't. :) This has intrigued me since you first posted the recipe. I finally made it last night for dinner (with a couple of substitutions). I didn't have any tofu so I made a melty mozzarella that I've used before and I had a box of Banza Penne so used that instead of ziti. I was kind of surprised at how much I loved it. The walnut sausage meat was spot on, and the Banza chickpea pasta is the best. I've tried another brand but I couldn't even stand the smell of it. We aren't gluten-free either but just like the Banza pasta. I also loved using my cast-iron skillet to make this. My boyfriend said "this is comfort food". I said yes, Brittany & T are really good at veganizing comfort food. Okay, sorry to be so long winded. Thanks for another winner!
    1. We love your comments, Kelly!!! And omg, I am pumped to hear how much you both enjoyed the pizza. SO on the same page with you about the cast iron pan. We are never making pizza any other way ever again! haha :)
    1. Hi, Emma. Sadly, whoever made the pin incorrectly linked our recipe to that photo. We've been trying to work with Pinterest to remedy it, but alas... We're really sorry for the inconvenience. Hope you have a good day!

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