Make-Your-Own Cheese Pizza

A great vegan quick snack recipe for when you don't have much time.

20 minutes (not including time to make Basic Cashew Cheese Sauce or your own pizza dough)

25 minutes

Make-Your-Own Cheese Pizza

Pizza Sauce
• One 15-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce • One 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste • 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 gluten-free if necessary) • 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.