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Pesto & Cheese Pizza with Hot Italian Sausage

The perfect vegan pizza to celebrate national cheese pizza day!

Author PLVNTFOOD by Chef Brianna Gallo


  • 1 bag store bought pizza dough
  • 1 bag Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds
  • 1/2 cup Follow Your Heart Pesto Vegenaise
  • 1/4 cup vegan pesto
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1-2 vegan hot Italian sausage links (I used tofurkey italian sausage)
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 cup Follow Your Heart grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter melted
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • A small amount of oil for cooking
  • Salt / pepper to taste


  1. Stretch out your pizza dough into a circle and place on a baking tray or pizza stone.
  2. In a skillet, crumble in your hot Italian sausage with some cooking oil, salt, and pepper, and cook on medium heat until browned. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. Spread your pesto vegenaise & vegan pesto over the pizza crust, and then top with your vegan mozzarella shreds. Add your crumbled hot Italian sausage, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, & grated parmesan cheese, on top of the cheese.

  4. Mix your minced garlic in with the melted vegan butter and brush around the crust.
  5. Cook according to the dough package instructions until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted. Top with fresh basil once out of the oven.